Finland survived a huge scare from feisty Switzerland by overcoming a two-goal deficit on two occasions to score a critical shootout victory Group A competition.
After spotting Switzerland a 2-0 lead in the first period, Finland received goals from Calgary Flames prospect Markus Granlund and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Teuvo Teravainen to even the contest in the second. Switzerland regained a two-goal lead in the third on goals by Alessio Bertaggia at 1:08 and Dario Simion at 11:30.
Finland again rallied as Teravainen scored his second of the game, on the power play, at 13:06 before Granlund struck for his second with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker with just 1:40 remaining in the third.
In the shootout, Granlund connected in the fifth round and Sven Andrighetto's attempt to tie it was turned away by Finland's Joonas Korpisalo (Columbus Blue Jackets).
On Granlund's first attempt in the shootout, he was stopped by Melvin Nyffeler. It marked the second time that Nyffeler suffered a shootout loss in the tournament -- Switzerland dropped a 3-2 SO setback to Sweden on Friday.
"It hurts. It really hurts to lose a shootout for the second time," Nyffeler told the IIHF website. "We need to score more in the shootout. We were leading. We should have won."
Finland coach Harri Rindell decided to give Granlund a second opportunity in the shootout and was rewarded.
"It was his decision," Granlund told the IIHF website. "I wanted to shoot again. I wanted to score."
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