1/2 Recap: Armia scores as Finns advance

Joel Armia scored his fourth goal of the World Junior Championship Monday as Finland secured a spot in the semifinals with an 8-5 win over Slovakia. The Finns will battle rival Sweden on Tuesday with the winner facing one of Russia or Canada for gold.

Armia got the Finns on the board at 4:29 of the opening period when he circled behind the net and quickly threw a pass from the side that deflected off a Slovak defender past netminder Juraj Bindoch. Armia, who added a high sticking penalty and seven shots on goal to his game card, continued to show his stickhandling ability with some nice moves near the net while using his big frame to protect the puck along the wall. The 6'3 wing has amassed six points in the tourney to go along with 12 shots on goal and a +2 rating.



In the WHL, Nathan Lieuwen served as backup for the third time in the last four games as Kootenay suffered a 7-2 loss at Lethbridge. Lieuwen enters 2012 off a rough December that saw him go 2-5 with 3.56 goals against average and .876 save percentage.

On Sunday, Daniel Catenacci posted an assist as Owen Sound lost to Oshawa, 4-3. The 5'10 center enters Friday's game at Niagara as the Attack's second leading scorer with 20 goals and 44 points.

Mark Adams had a shot on goal as Providence lost the 26th annual Mayor's Cup to Brown, 5-2. The Friars resume their Hockey East schedule on Thursday when they host Massachusetts.
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