Another World Championships quarterfinal game on Thursday meant more members of the Sabres organization were eliminated from medal contention. Team Canada, boasting an NHL-stocked roster including Sabres forward Cody Hodgson and defenseman Tyler Myers, fell 3-2 to Finland on Thursday in the quarters.
Finland opened the scoring with a power-play goal by Olli Palola at the 6:14 mark, and that would be it for the first period.
Canada, of course, wasn’t going quietly, as they came back with a two-goal campaign in the second period.
Kyle Turris notched his third goal of the tournament, and Mark Schiefele talled his second of the World Championships to give Canada the lead.
Finland, however, had their own two-goal period in the third to top things off. It started with a goal halfway through the third by Juuso Hietanen to tie things up at two.
Iiro Pakarinen gave Finland its second lead of the night with less than four minutes remaining, and they held on for the 3-2 victory.
Ben Scrivens had 23 saves for Canada in the loss, while Pekka Rinne had 36 saves for Finland. Scheifele was named best player for Canada with a goal in the loss, while Pakarinen got that honor for Finland.
The Finnish team will now go on to compete against the Czech Republic, who defeated the United States in quarterfinal action Thursday.
Tyler Myers had one shot, two penalty minutes and was a minus-2 in Thursday’s loss. He played just over 16 minutes as Canada fell to Finland.
Cody Hodgson finished Thursday’s loss with two shots, 16:14 ice-time and 33 percent in the faceoff circle.
Overall, Myers finished the World Championships with two assists in seven preliminary games. He had eight shots on goal and averaged 19:36 in the preliminary round.
Hodgson finished the preliminary round with eight points, including six goals, in seven games. He ended the preliminary round tied with Joel Ward in goals and second on the team in points (Ward had nine to Hodgson’s eight.) Hodgson had three game-winning goals and a team-high 29 shots, averaging 14:16 per game.
Sabres prospect goaltender Linus Ullmark is still in the mix for a run at a medal, as Sweden defeated Belarus on Thursday. They’ll now face Russia in the semifinals. Of the eight games played by Sweden, Ullmark dressed as a backup in three.