United States 12 – Finland 1

AMERICANS ROUT FINLAND TO OPEN TOURMAMENT

NANAIMO, BC – Two games, two impressive offensive showings for the United States.

One night after hammering Pacific 11-0 in a pre-tournament game, the Americans opened the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with an emphatic 12-1 pasting of Finland at Frank Crane Arena.

Jacob Fallon, Nick Shore and Brandon Saad scored two goals apiece for the Americans, who have appeared in the last two U17 gold medal games and appear to be living up to their billing as one of the pre-tournament favourites.

Matthew Nieto, Justin Faulk, Adam Clendining, Jason Zucker, Michael Mersch and Bryan Rust scored the other goals for the U.S., while Marcus Nikander had the lone goal for the Finns. Fifteen of the United States’ 20 skaters recorded at least one point in the win.

The Americans will have Tuesday off before taking to the ice at the Alberni Valley Multiplex in Port Alberni to face Quebec on Wednesday (7 p.m. PST), while Finland will take on West in Tuesday’s early game in Port Alberni (2 p.m. PST).


Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 02 Round/Ronde Preliminary
Arena/Aréna Frank Crane Arena Location/Lieu Nanaimo, B.C., Canada
Date Mon. Dec. 29, 2008 Time/Heure 02:00 PM PT

 

Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Final
USA 6 2 4 12
FIN 0 1 0 1

 

Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
00:12 USA 91 Matthew Nieto (92 Chase Balisy, 88 Brandon Saad)
09:28 USA 72 Justin Faulk (91 Matthew Nieto, 92 Chase Balisy) PP
15:24 USA 63 Jacob Fallon (68 Austin Czarnik) SH
16:38 USA 44 Adam Clendining (92 Chase Balisy)
17:09 USA 79 Jason Zucker (72 Justin Faulk)
19:52 USA 57 Nick Shore (88 Brandon Saad, 44 Adam Clendining)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
02:13 USA 73 Luke Moffatt (Hooking)
07:42 FIN 3 Santeri Arousva (Hooking)
09:21 FIN 19 Pyry Niemi (Hooking)
12:40 USA 63 Jacob Fallon (Tripping)
13:31 USA 74 Frankie Simonelli (Interference)

Second Period/Deuxieme Période

Goals/Buts :
06:53 FIN 5 Marcus Nikander (3 Santeri Arousva, 22 Teemu Pulkkinen)
13:58 USA 84 Michael Mersch (71 Emerson Etem, 63 Jacob Fallon)
16:38 USA 67 Bryan Rust (73 Luke Moffatt) SH

Penalties/Pénaltés :
08:21 USA 92 Chase Balisy (Tripping)
10:39 FIN 2 Valtteri Autio (Slashing)
15:58 USA 94 Stuart Higgins (Tripping)

Third Period/Troisième Période

Goals/Buts :
05:12 USA 57 Nick Shore (79 Jason Zucker)
10:06 USA 88 Brandon Saad (71 Emerson Etem, 74 Frankie Simonelli)
12:56 USA 63 Jacob Fallon (84 Michael Mersch, 74 Frankie Simonelli)
19:26 USA 88 Brandon Saad (57 Nick Shore, 68 Austin Czarnik)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
01:10 USA 74 Frankie Simonelli (Holding)
08:03 FIN 2 Valtteri Autio (Tripping)
15:17 USA 74 Frankie Simonelli (Tripping)
16:56 FIN 22 Teemu Pulkkinen (Hooking)

 

Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but
USA 36 Jack Campbell On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
FIN 31 Kristian Jarvinen On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

 

Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 Total
USA 24 19 12 55
FIN 6 13 7 26

 

Officials/Officiels
Referee/Arbitre Tom Sweeny
Lines People/Juges de lignes Darren Spurgeon, Ron Dietterle
Goal Judge/Juges de but Richard Robert, Terri Waller