WJC roundup: Koivunen scores twice for Finland in victory against Austria


Monday is the second day of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, which is being held in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.

Day 2 games

Finland 7, Austria 1Ville Koivunen (Carolina Hurricanes) had two goals and an assist in Group A at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Brad Lambert (2022 draft eligible) had a goal and two assists for Finland. Samuel Helenius (Los Angeles Kings) had a goal and an assist, and Kasper Simontaival (Kings), Topi Niemela (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Kalle Vaisanen (New York Rangers) each scored.

Juha Jatkola (2022 draft eligible) made eight saves in his first start for Finland (2-0-0-0).

The line of Koivunen (two goals, two assists), Helenius (three goals, one assist) and Lambert (one goal, four assists) has combined for 13 points (six goals seven assists) in two games.

“They have a good relationship and they are good hockey players,” Finland coach Antti Pennanen said. “Brad Lambert is skillful and fast, Helenius wins the battles and Koivunen has good hockey sense, so it’s a really good combination.”

Helenius and Lambert are teammates with JYP in Liiga, the top professional league in Finland. Koivunen plays for Karpat in Liiga.

“Two very good players,” Koivunen said. “Brad is very good with the puck and very good skating and Helenius is very big (6-foot-6, 201 pounds) and good at defending so I think we complement each other very good.”

Martin Urbanek (2022 draft eligible) scored a power-play goal to pull Austria within 3-1 at 5:39 of the second period. Sebastian Wraneschitz (2022 draft eligible) made 41 saves for Austria (0-0-0-1), which dressed nine defensemen and 11 forwards.

Finland next plays against Czechia on Wednesday (2 p.m. ET). Austria plays Canada on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET).

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