Finland 4 - Pacific 5 (SO)

VIRTANEN SCORES TWICE IN REGULATION, ONCE IN SHOOTOUT TO HELP PACIFIC TO WIN

VICTORIAVILLE, Que. – Jake Virtanen (Abbotsford, B.C./Calgary, WHL) scored twice in the first period and added the clincher in the shootout as Pacific held off a comeback attempt to earn a 5-4 win over Finland on Tuesday night and stay alive in the semifinal race at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The overtime final means three teams – Finland, Pacific and Russia – enter the last day of preliminary round play on Wednesday tied at four points, although Pacific holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the other two teams.

Ryan Graham (Calgary, Alta./Saskatoon, WHL) and Reid Duke (Calgary, Alta./Lethbridge, WHL) had the other goals in regulation, and Brayden Point (Calgary, Alta./Moose Jaw, WHL) joined Virtanen as shootout scorers for Pacific, which led 4-1 with 14 minutes to go before the Finns rattled off three goals in 6:13 to force extra time.

Brandon Hickey (Leduc, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL) finished with two assists, while Payton Lee (Cranbrook, B.C./Vancouver, WHL) turned aside 29 of 33 shots in regulation and overtime, then went two-for-two in the shootout.

Aleksi Saarela, Teemu Lämsä, Joel Kiviranta and Kasperi Kapanen scored the goals for Finland, which is trying to qualify for the semifinals for the first time since the 1995 tournament in Moncton, N.B., when it won silver.

Saarela opened the scoring at 8:55 of the first period, but the Finns found themselves in a two-goal hole less than three minutes later thanks to Virtanen’s two goals and one from Graham.

Pacific finishes off its preliminary round schedule Wednesday night when it faces West in an all-Canadian match-up in Victoriaville (7:30 p.m. ET), while the Finns take on Russia in the matinee at the Colisée (1:30 p.m. ET).


Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 16
Round/Ronde Preliminary
Arena/Aréna Colisée Location/Lieu Victoriaville, Que.
Date Tues. Jan. 1, 2013
Time/Heure 07:30 PM ET

 

Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 OT1
 SO Final
FIN
1
0 3 0 0 4
PAC 3 1 0 0 1 5

 

Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période
Goals/Buts :
08:55 FIN 25 Aleksi Saarela
09:29 PAC 22 Ryan Graham (16 Matt Revel, 6 Josh Thrower)
09:49 PAC 18 Jake Virtanen (8 Brandon Hickey)
11:51 PAC 18 Jake Virtanen (3 Joseph Hicketts, 8 Brandon Hickey) PP

Penalties/Pénaltés :
11:05 FIN 6 Miro Keskitalo (Slashing)

Second Period/Deuxième période
Goals/Buts :
02:40 PAC 12 Reid Duke (7 Dysin Mayo, 5 Brycen Martin) PP

Penalties/Pénaltés :
01:25 FIN 28 Juho Lammikko (Too Many Men)
02:54 PAC 10 Conner Bleackley (Interference)
05:04 PAC 4 Riley Stadel (Slashing)
07:59 FIN 14 Antti Kauppinen (Cross Checking)
17:13 PAC 6 Josh Thrower (10-Minute Misconduct)
17:13 PAC 6 Josh Thrower (Checking to the Head)

Third Period/Troisième période
Goals/Buts :
05:57 FIN 20 Teemu Lämsä (4 Joni Tuulola, 6 Miro Keskitalo) PP
10:20 FIN 19 Joel Kiviranta (24 Kasperi Kapanen, 22 Manu Honkanen)
12:10 FIN 24 Kasperi Kapanen (28 Juho Lammikko, 12 Waltteri Hopponen)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
05:17 PAC 7 Dysin Mayo (Hooking)
07:03 FIN 5 Kalle Tervo (High Sticking)
07:40 PAC 3 Joseph Hicketts (Tripping)

Overtime/Prolongation
Goals/Buts :
None

Penalties/Pénaltés :
None

 

Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but
FIN 1 Kaapo Kähkönen On 1/00:00 Off 3/12:10
30 Mikael Saari
On 3/12:11
Off 3/14:22
1 Kaapo Kähkönen On 3/14:23
Off 4/05:00
PAC 1 Payton Lee On 1/00:00 Off 3/19:51
1 Payton Lee
On 4/00:00
Off 4/05:00

 

Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 OT1
Total
FIN 11 9 12 1 33
PAC 13
5 5 3 26

 

Shootout Summary/Sommaire de la fusillade
Player Goals/Save
10 Conner Bleackley (Pacific) Save
25 Aleksi Saarela (Finland) Save
17 Brayden Point (Pacific) Goal
24 Kasperi Kapanen (Finland) Save
18 Jake Virtanen (Pacific) Goal

 

Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match
PAC 18 Jake Virtanen
FIN
24 Kasperi Kapanen