Sabres goaltending prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Team Finland lost its opening game at the IIHF World Junior Championship, 2-1, on Wednesday night in British Columbia.
But Luukkonen made 28 stops, including several of the spectacular variety, to keep Finland in the Group B game.
Defenseman Erik Brannstrom (Vegas) had both goals for the Swedes.
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Luukkonen came into the tournament on a roll, having made some great saves in a pretournament exhibition against Canada, as shown below:
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