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01-12-2013, 11:15 PM
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2013 WJC Review: Finland takes step backward to relegation round

For North American hockey fans to understand Finland's seventh-place finish at the 2013 World Junior Championship tournament, all anyone has to do is think back to 2013 gold medal-winning USA's experience at last year's tournament in Western Canada.

Like the Americans a year ago, Finland came into this WJC with a team full of promise and was very strong in two pre-tournament games.

After handling the opening game against an inferior opponent that would eventually be relegated (Denmark for the USA, Latvia in Finland's case), the team stumbled in its next two games and needed to upset its arch-rival if it was to avoid the relegation round.… read more


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