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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Tuesday, January 03, 2012 ×

Kris, what is Cory Tropp's injury that has kept him out this long. Is he the eventual replacement for Kaleta?

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Kris Baker
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Tuesday, January 03, 2012 ×

Tropp was hit hard by Dmitry Kulikov a few weeks back and suffered a "UBI" as a result. I posted a video of the hit here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFmr9QzCUr8

As far as a Kaleta replacement...I think he brings more to the table offensively. Good release. Plenty of energy like 36 but not as rambunctious. I still believe he has enough skill to be a 3rd/2nd line ladder guy with the safest projection being a solid third liner.

Prople will tell me I'm wrong all day about Tropp having a second line ceiling, but Jochen Hecht has been used on and off in a first/second line capacity here for years so I'm not discounting anything at this point. Blend different skills into your scoring units. Sonmeone has to do the heavy lifting.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012 ×

Kris, with the wat Joel is playing in the worlds where does he rank compared to other teams prospects and what does he have to do to get better
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Bobs0108

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Kris Baker
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012 ×

Armia rates pretty high in terms of top notch scorers. Still 18...playing his second season in a fairly physical pro league. His skating and shooting are right there with fellow 18-year olds, and he does well controlling the puck below the goal line. Real good net presence. To think he has another year left to play in World Juniors. Will be one of the premiere players next season.

What he needs to work on... basically his play without the puck. He'll sometimes leave the zone early eager to receive the puck up ice..he's can be inconsistent when fighting through checks to wrangle loose pucks. He has speed, size, and does come back. Finland's top-six was often motoring their feet while the perception is that Armia isn't always going 100%. Some will argue he's being economical, but he does seem to have an extra gear in the offensive end.

I see few issues with him succeeding in North America. Top notch finisher. Let him mature. He seems pretty realistic about his performances. Critical of his errors. Wants to win.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012 ×

Thanks Kris I know you have probably answered a 1000 times but what player does he resemble if any
Bobs0108

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