England (1-3) defeated Finland (4-1) in a 15-6 blowout to advance to the quarterfinals of the Championship Bracket where they will face Israel on Wednesday night. Finland will move to the 5th place bracket and face the loser of USA and Czech Republic on Thursday.
While England’s offense dominated the majority of the game, it was the play of Frank Scigliano in net that really paved the way for them in this win. The goaltender was stopping everything in his tracks, and it doesn’t hurt when the defense in front of you is playing stellar, as well.
Scigliano was simply outstanding and the backbone of this England team in this contest. In the nearly 53 minutes that he played, Scigliano made 41 saves off of 44 shots on net for a 93 percent save percentage.
This one started out as a pretty good defensive battle with neither team able to generate any offense through the first nine minutes of the first quarter. Jimi Wiren scored the first goal of the game for Finland with 6:21 in the first and Tyson Roe got England on the board with just five seconds remaining in the first quarter, tying things up at 1.
While the defensive stand on both ends remained early in the second, things started to change as England took control and gained momentum midway through the quarter. Starting with a Dom Fitzgerald goal, England went on to score 14 unanswered goals from midway through the second through the first minute of the fourth.
Holding a 9-1 lead at the half and a 14-1 lead heading into the fourth, the running clock rule had been put in place and this one was in the books. However, Roope Jokela ended Finland’s scoring drought early in the fourth and started a five-goal run to end the game on somewhat of a high note.