Of all the plays Switzerland would like back after its costly shootout loss to Finland, it's the headshot heard 'round Helsinki that might loom large by the end of the world junior championship.
The Suomi surmounting a two-goal deficit to win 5-4 had more to it than Markus Granlund being generally awesome. With 8:11 left, Swiss forward Lukas Sieber elbowed Finland's Ville Pokka in the head after a whistle, when the New York Islanders prospect had slowed up due to play being stopped. Finland's Teuvo Teravainen tallied on the ensuing power play to resurrect Finland, whose eventual win took it from from being out of medal contention to still having a semifinal bye in play.
Now that's costly. It could also be controversial: you can just hear Canadian fans wondering how hard the IIHF would come down on a member of Team Canada for a dirty play. Sieber was not ejected even though he targeted Pokka's head and elbowed/checked him fter the whistle. Canadian hockey chauvinism does course through this country's often colourfully expressed discontent with IIHF officiating, but the baseline for officiating is to at least be consistent.Read More »from World junior championship: Headshot on Ville Pokka helps get Finland off the hook (VIDEO)