Slovakia 7 – Finland 4

SLOVAKS GRAB FOURTH IN GROUP AFTER WIN OVER FINNS

PORT ALBERNI, BC – It took four games, but Slovakia is on the board at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Tomas Jurco scored twice as the Slovaks recorded their first win of this year’s U17 tournament, defeating Finland 7-4 in the final preliminary round game for both. The victory means Slovakia will play in the seventh-place game for the first time since 2005.

Michal Murcek, David Bondra, Dominik Simcak, Matej Bene and Lukas Cingel also scored for the Slovakians, who recorded just their second win in their last 12 preliminary round games. Bene added three assists in the win, while Bondra, Cingel and Jurco had two helpers apiece.

Finland, who finished winless in the prelims for the first time since 2002, got two goals from Pyry Niemi and one apiece from Markus Nikander and Riku Vakiparta in the loss. The Finns will play for ninth place on Saturday.

Both teams will travel to Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo for the final games of their tournament. Slovakia will face Russia for seventh place, while the Finns will meet Atlantic in the ninth-place game. Check the event schedule for Saturday’s game times.


Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 17 Round/Ronde Preliminary
Arena/Aréna Alberni Valley Multiplex Location/Lieu Port Alberni, B.C., Canada
Date Fri. Jan. 02, 2009 Time/Heure 02:00 PM PT

 

Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Final
SVK 4 1 2 7
FIN 1 2 1 4

 

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

Goals/Buts :
01:32 SVK 23 Michal Murcek (10 Dávid Bondra, 26 Lukás Cingel) PP
05:23 FIN 5 Marcus Nikander (22 Teemu Pulkkinen, 27 Eetu Koski) PP
07:54 SVK 10 Dávid Bondra (23 Michal Murcek, 26 Lukás Cingel)
16:43 SVK 19 Dominik Simcák (8 Matej Bene, 9 Tomás Jurco)
19:19 SVK 8 Matej Bene (19 Dominik Simcák, 9 Tomás Jurco)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
00:28 FIN 25 Teemu Rautiainen (Tripping)
04:34 SVK 29 Dominik Kubica (Tripping)
08:33 SVK 24 Denis Mihálik (Holding)
12:05 SVK 8 Matej Bene (Tripping)
19:48 SVK 10 Dávid Bondra (Slashing)

Second Period/Deuxieme Période

Goals/Buts :
02:28 FIN 19 Pyry Niemi (15 Mikael Salmivirta)
14:09 FIN 9 Riku Vakiparta (15 Mikael Salmivirta, 13 Petteri Halinen)
16:50 SVK 9 Tomás Jurco (19 Dominik Simcák, 8 Matej Bene)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
03:45 FIN 3 Santeri Arousva (Slashing)
06:22 FIN 5 Marcus Nikander (Roughing)

Third Period/Troisième Période

Goals/Buts :
06:49 SVK 9 Tomás Jurco (18 Michal Toman, 8 Matej Bene)
09:53 FIN 19 Pyry Niemi
10:24 SVK 26 Lukás Cingel (28 Michal Cajkovský, 10 Dávid Bondra)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
00:58 SVK 21 Martin Marincin (Holding)
14:03 SVK 10 Dávid Bondra (Tripping)

 

Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but
SVK 1 Juraj Simboch On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
FIN 1 Sami Aittokallio On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

 

Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 Total
SVK 13 10 7 30
FIN 9 9 10 28

 

Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match
SVK 9 Tomás Jurco
FIN 19 Pyry Niemi

 

Officials/Officiels
Referee/Arbitre TJ Luxmore
Lines People/Juges de lignes Andy Fleck, Scott Edwards