With Finland trailing 3-2 in the second period against Canada, goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (2014 Draft, fourth round) came on in relief and helped Finland defeat one of the tournament favorites, 6-5.
Kahkonen had started one of Finland's four games in the group stage, earning a win in Finland's 8-3 victory against Slovakia.
After Kahkonen came in, Finland scored twice in the second period to take a 4-3 lead into the third on home ice. Kahkonen then stopped 10 of 12 shots in the third period, and Canada failed to advance to the semifinal round of the junior tournament for the first time in 17 years.
TAMPA BAY – Forward Zach Parise said he felt "very good" after morning skate in Tampa Bay, and a decision will be made later on Saturday on whether he will play against the Lightning.
Parise sat out the Wild's game on Thursday, a 3-1 win against the St. Louis Blues, due to a knee injury.
"I haven't talked to the coach yet, but I'll go talk to him, tell him how it went, how I felt, and we'll go from there," Parise said.
TAMPA BAY – Forward Zach Parise practiced in full with the Minnesota Wild in Tampa Bay, and could play on Saturday when the Wild faces the Lightning at Amalie Arena.
Parise missed the Wild's 3-1 win against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday with a knee injury. He left practice early last Sunday, before playing on Monday, and not practicing on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"I'm not sure; I don't know yet (if I'll play tomorrow)," he said. "I'll see how it feels tonight and the rest of the day, and tomorrow in the morning, and I guess judge from there."
Defenseman Louis Belpedio (2014 Draft, third round) assisted on the game-winning goal, and the United States defeated Denmark 4-1 on Thursday to clinch second place in Group A at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships.
The win improved the United States to 3-1-0-0, with its lone loss coming against Sweden, who went undefeated in the group stages. The quarterfinal round begins on Saturday.
Heading into the second period tied with Denmark 1-1, Belpedio assisted on a Sonny Milano goal 4:02 into the second period. Belpedio had two points during group play, each coming on game-deciding plays: his assist on Thursday, and the game-winning goal in the United States' tournament-opening, 5-3 win against Canada.
ST. LOUIS -- The last time the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues played, a 3-2, Wild overtime loss at Scottrade Center on Halloween, it was a tale of two games.
There was the opening 10 minutes, during which the Blues physical, pressurizing forecheck pushed them out to a 2-0 lead, and the Wild didn't play up to its normal pace.
Then Minnesota got to its game, tied the score at 2-2 before intermission on goals from forwards Jason Zucker and Erik Haula, followed by 45 minutes of scoreless hockey broken by a David Backes overtime goal.
Kaapo Kahkonen (2014 Draft, fourth round) made 25 saves as Finland defeated Slovakia 8-3 at the World Junior Championships on Wednesday.
Making his first start of the tournament, Kahkonen and Finland fell behind 2-0 in the first period with 8:05 remaining.
But Finland would storm back and score five unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead. Slovakia would pull within 5-3, but Finland then responded with another three unanswered goals to take a five-goal lead.
Parise will accompany Minnesota as it begins a four-game road trip against its Central Division rival, and could play as early as Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Kuemper has a mild concussion, and will not travel with the Wild.
Kuemper missed the Wild's game on Tuesday, a 3-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings, with an upper-body injury.
Parise, who left practice early on Sunday with an undisclosed injury, played in the win on Monday against Detroit, skating 18:04 and taking three shots on goal. Head Coach Mike Yeo said he expects Parise to practice on Wednesday before the Wild travels to St. Louis to begin a four-game road trip, while he's still waiting on a more definitive update on Kuemper.
It's been unseasonably warm in Minnesota to kick off winter, making outdoor hockey rinks, a cold-weather staple for the State of Hockey, harder to come by.
Everything on Tuesday though, from light snowfall to the balmy 20-degree temperature was perfect as the Minnesota Wild held an outdoor practice in Edina in front of 1,000 fans.
"It's been tough this year, not a lot of outdoor hockey, but the weather is certainly looking like it's changing its mind, and starting to bring what it's supposed to bring this time of year," Head Coach Mike Yeo said. "I'm sure the outdoor rinks will get going; I know the lakes are starting to freeze."
Forward Kirill Kaprizov (2015 Draft, fifth round) had an assist, as Russia defeated Belarus 4-1 at the IIHF 2016 World Junior Championship on Tuesday.
Kaprizov also had a shot on goal, and recorded at least a point for the second consecutive game after he recorded two points in a 6-4 comeback win on Monday against Finland.
His latest point, against Belarus, came on Russia's game-opening goal. Kaprizov had the secondary assist on a Maxim Lazarev power-play goal.