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Larkin’s OT winner lifts Team USA past Finland


By @StefanKubus – 

After a tournament-opening loss to Slovakia, Team USA has now picked up back-to-back wins.

Following a 7-1 win over France, the U.S. took a big 3-2 victory in overtime against Finland on Monday. Red Wings forward and Waterford native Dylan Larkin potted the OT winner off a feed from fellow University of Michigan alum Quinn Hughes. The goal was Larkin’s first of the tournament.

Brady Skjei opened the scoring for Team USA just 50 seconds into the game, and Johnny Gaudreau scored 10 minutes later to make it a 2-0 lead.

Finland scored two straight from Harri Pesonen and Niko Ojamaki to climb back into the game heading into the third period, but a scoreless third led to the 3-on-3 overtime frame.

Hughes carried the puck into the Finland zone three minutes into the overtime period, turned back up the wall and found Larkin. Larkin took the available space, walked down the right side and fired a shot past netminder Veini Vehvilainen for the win.

Team USA will face Great Britain next on Wednesday.

MiHockey Staff

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