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Team USA loses to Finland in final World Junior Hockey tune-up game

In its final tune-up game for the World Junior Hockey Championships, Team USA dropped a 5-1 decision to Finland Saturday in Helsinki, Finland.

Union sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who is in the running to make the team, didn't figure in the scoring. He did have a slashing penalty in the second period. Gostisbehere scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over Sweden.

Finland was 3-for-8 on the power play. The three power-play goals came during a four-goal third period that broke the game open.

"Finland took the lead in the first period and I thought we disrupted the flow of our play by taking penalties," Team USA coach Phil Housley said. "We cannot afford to take as many penalties as we did and expect to win. We will focus on becoming more disciplined before the tournament begins."

The final 23-man roster will be announced at 3 a.m. Sunday. Team USA will cut three players.

The tournament begins Wednesday in Ufa, Russia. Team USA's first game will be Thursday against Germany at 9 a.m.

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