Finland 13 - Edge School for Athletes 2
FOUR POINTS EACH FOR TANUS AND KURONEN, FINLAND TO PLAY FOR WSSC GOLD
CALGARY, Alta. – Jonatan Tanus and Jimi Kuronen finished with four points apiece and Finland’s power play scored six times as the Scandinavians continued their offensive roll and booked a spot in the inaugural World Sport School Challenge gold medal game with a 13-2 semifinal rout of the Edge School on Friday night.
Finland will face Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Saturday’s gold medal game (3 p.m. MT) in a rematch of arguably the best game of the tournament thus far – the Finns’ 4-3 victory over the Sabres in the final preliminary round game for both on Wednesday night.
The Finns jumped all over the Edge School early and often Friday, taking a 5-0 lead after one period thanks to goals from five different players – Tanus, Artturi Lehkonen, Aleksi Mustonen, Saku Kinnunen and Aleksi Ainali – and outshooting the Canadian side 19-7 in the opening 20 minutes.
The Edge School came out physical to start the second period, pounding the Finns at every opportunity, and was rewarded at 10:06 when Scott Salberg put the Mountaineers on the board. But the excitement was short-lived, as the Finns scored three times in just over four minutes before Brandon Hodge scored in the dying seconds of the period to make it an 8-2 game after two.
Finland’s power play came alive in the third period, converting on all four of their chances to help reach double digits for the second time in four games. Kuronen scored a natural hat trick in the final frame, netting three goals in 7:38.
With the loss, the Edge School will play in Saturday’s bronze medal game, taking on Slovakia (noon MT).
|Arena||Markin MacPhail Centre - Rink A||City, Country||Calgary, Alta.|
|Month / Day / Year||12/30/2011||Time||05:00 PM MT|
|Edge School for Athletes (EDG)||0||2||0||2|
04:07 FIN 9 Jonatan Tanus (12 Artturi Lehkonen, 14 Jusso Ikonen)
10:35 FIN 12 Artturi Lehkonen (8 Mika Ilvonen, 9 Jonatan Tanus)
10:42 FIN 10 Aleksi Mustonen
13:07 FIN 23 Saku Kinnunen (13 Joose Antonen, 7 Atte Makinen) PP
13:31 FIN 18 Aleksi Ainali (12 Artturi Lehkonen, 5 Julius Honka) PP
10:06 EDG 16 Scott Salberg
13:29 FIN 11 Kasperi Ojantakanen
16:01 FIN 9 Jonatan Tanus (5 Julius Honka, 14 Jusso Ikonen)
17:56 FIN 14 Jusso Ikonen (9 Jonatan Tanus, 2 Jimi Kuronen)
19:47 EDG 15 Brandon Hodge (8 Jeremy McNeil, 18 Erik Pedersen) PP
01:25 FIN 2 Jimi Kuronen (13 Joose Antonen)
07:50 FIN 2 Jimi Kuronen (18 Aleksi Ainali) PP
09:03 FIN 2 Jimi Kuronen (9 Jonatan Tanus) PP
10:28 FIN 13 Joose Antonen (10 Aleksi Mustonen, 23 Saku Kinnunen) PP
15:08 FIN 18 Aleksi Ainali (14 Jusso Ikonen, 8 Mika Ilvonen) PP
|Edge School for Athletes||
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Edge School for Athletes||7||8||4||19|
|Player of the Game|
|Finland||2 Jimi Kuronen|
|Edge School for Athletes||10 Robinson James|
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Kevin Bathurst Manager, School Programs | Responsable, programme pour les écoles