Game Summary

Finland 1 - Czech Republic 1

Round Robin
Friday, December 30, 2005
Regina, SK
Brandt Centre

FINNS AND CZECH'S BATTLE TO A DRAW

By Keith Borkowsky

REGINA — A deflected shot off Czech Republic forward Jan Maruna’s stick denied Finland its first win at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Friday.

Maruna said he blindly deflected the shot past Finland goalie Tomi Karhunen.

“It was not really my goal,” Maruna said.

Finland forward Jesse Laaksonen took a Jaane Tavi pass and fired a shot past Czech goalie Marek Benda for the game’s first goal 4:39 into the second period.

Neither team scored in the opening 20 minutes. While the shots were a relatively even 9-8 in Finland’s favour, the best chances came from Czech sticks. Finland started to gain sustained pressure late in the period, cycling the puck and getting point shots off on the power play.

Benda came in to replace starting Czech goalie Tomas Vosvrda, who left the game 15:35 into the first period because of a broken skate blade.

Finland head coach Petri Mattila was pleased with his team’s efforts against the Czechs.

“Our defensive game was good today,” Mattila said. “We are not happy with the offence though. We needed to get more pressure on (the Czech) goal.”

The Czechs play Team Pacific in Saturday’s early matinee, 1 p.m. at the Brandt Centre, while Finland enjoys a bye. Finland hits the ice on Sunday against Team Atlantic at 7 p.m. in Moose Jaw.

Players of the game:
Finland: Tomi Karhunen
Czech Republic: Marek Benda


Box Score FIN
0
1
0
1
Compte CZE
0
0
1
1

First Period/Première période

Scoring/Buts:
None/Aucun

Penalties/Pénalités:
1 - CZE Indra, 3:02 - Holding , 2 min (PP)
1 - FIN Kiviharju, 11:57 - Interference , 2 min (PP)
1 - CZE Herti, 17:23 - Tripping , 2 min (PP)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Scoring/Buts:
2. FIN Laaksonen, (1) (Tavi), 4:39

Penalties/Pénalités:
2 - CZE Served By , 2:14 - Too Many Men , 2 min (PP)
2 - CZE Maxa, 5:47 - Roughing , 2 min (PP)
2 - FIN Served By , 13:25 - Too Many Men , 2 min (PP)
2 - CZE Paryzek, 14:27 - Interference , 2 min (PP)
2 - FIN Järvinen, 15:49 - Interference , 2 min (PP)
2 - FIN Nieminen, 18:53 - Hooking , 2 min (PP)

Third Period/Troisième période

Scoring/Buts:
3. CZE Maruna, (1) , 15:55

Penalties/Pénalités:
3 - FIN Paunio, 9:21 - Hooking , 2 min (PP)
3 - FIN Tuomivaara, 13:40 - Holding , 2 min (PP)
3 - CZE Szturc, 17:51 - Slashing , 2 min (PP)


Goaltenders FIN Karhunen, Tomi
Gardiennes de but CZE Vosvrda, Tomas

Shots on Goal Team

1 p

2 p

3 p

Final

Shots on Goal FIN

10

6

5

21

Tirs au but CZE

12

12

11

35


Referee/Arbitre -
Linesmen/Juges des lignes -

Attendance/Assistance 1264
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