Wild draftee Tuch helps lift Team USA Juniors to victory over Finland


Team USA earned a thrilling 2-1 victory over Finland Friday in the opening round of the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Junior Championship – and a player with a Minnesota connection had a big hand in it.

Trailing 1-0 to Finland, Wild draft pick Alex Tuch buried a one-timer on the power play to even the score and net Team USA's lone regulation goal.

Team USA eventually won it when Chase DeLeo scored in the third round of a shootout and Team USA goaltender Thatcher Demko shut the door to seal the victory.

Tuch wasn't the only player with Minnesota connections participating in the game. Gophers forward Hudson Fasching and defenseman Ryan Collins also play for Team USA.

Team USA returns to action on Sunday against Germany at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

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