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Hot Goalie Helps Finns Upset US at World U18s

Finland's Saros made 49 saves in 2-1 upset win.

Bruce Bennett

The United States put 50 shots on goal in their final game of pool play at the World U18 championships in Sochi, Russia this morning, but could only get one of them past Finland goalie Juuse Saros, en route to a 2-1 loss.

John Hayden(Yale recruit) gave the United State a 1-0 lead in the first period, but the US could not build on the lead, despite holding a huge advantage in shots. Finland responded back with a goal in the second period, before netting the game-winner in the third period.

The United States finished pool play with a rather lackluster 2 wins and 2 regulation losses. Michigan recruits Tyler Motte and JT Compher led the US in scoring with six points through the first four games. They will finish pool play at third in their group, and will draw Sweden in the quarterfinal round.