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Sabres' Armia leads Finns over USA

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Joel Armia -- the Buffalo Sabres' top 2011 draft pick -- had two goals and an assist to lead Finland to a 4-1 win over the United States in a Pool B preliminary-round game Wednesday at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

The Americans are considered one of the tournament favorites.

But Finland and the U.S. are both 1-1 in Pool B.

Armia, 18, paced the Finland offense. Mikael Granlund, another first-round selection of the Minnesota Wild, and Nashville Predators prospect Mikka Salomaki also scored.

Brandon Saad of the U.S. tied the game early in the third period, but Armia's first goal at 10:53 of the third period put the Finns ahead again.

In the other Pool B game, Mark Scheifele scored a pair of goals to lead Canada to a 5-0 win over the Czech Republic.

Mark Stone, Ryan Strome and Brett Connolly of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning also scored for Canada, who are 2-0 in Pool B.

Both Finland and the U.S. have today off before Finland meets Denmark and the U.S. faces the Czechs on Friday.

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