Canada 5 - Finland 3

GAUNCE SCORES WINNER, CANADA OPENS WITH WIN OVER FINNS

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Brendan Gaunce (Markham, Ont./Belleville, OHL) scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period to help Canada’s National Junior Team to a 5-3 win over Finland on Wednesday afternoon.

The game was the first of three for Canada as part of its summer development camp. The Canadians will face Sweden on Thursday (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT) and the host United States on Saturday (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT). The games are part of the Americans’ junior evaluation camp.

Gaunce, Hunter Shinkaruk (Calgary, Alta./Medicine Hat, WHL) and Félix Girard (Lévis, Que./Baie-Comeau, QMJHL) each had a goal and an assist for Canada, which scored three times in the third period to break open a 2-2 game.

Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, B.C./Kootenay, WHL) and Frédérik Gauthier (Mascouche, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL) had the other Canadian goals, scoring 27 seconds apart midway through the first period to erase an early Finnish lead.

Anthony Mantha (Longueuil, Que./Val-d’Or, QMJHL) was the other Canadian skater to record multiple points, adding two assists.

After the Finns opened the scoring just 51 seconds in, Reinhart and Gauthier struck quickly to give Canada the lead heading to the intermission. Finland pulled even with the only goal of the second period, but Girard restored the Canadian advantage 3:40 into the third and Gaunce added the winner at 10:03 of the final frame.

The Finns got one back with five minutes left, but Shinkaruk clinched it with an empty net goal at 18:36.

Eric Comrie (Edmonton, Alta./Tri-City, WHL) was solid in the Canadian goal, finishing with 37 saves, including 17 in the third period. Finland outshot Canada 40-36.

All of Canada’s games from Lake Placid will be webcast live through usahockey.fasthockey.com for $7.99 per game.

Game Information
Game Number 01
Round Exhibition
Arena Olympic Training Center - Olympic Rink City, Country Lake Placid, N.Y.
Date Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Time 13:00 ET

 

Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Final
CAN
2 0 3 5
FIN
1 1 1 3

 

Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période
Goals/Buts:
00:51 FIN Kasperi Kapanen (Henri Ikonen)
10:11 CAN Sam Reinhart (Brendan Gaunce, Ryan Pulock)
10:38 CAN Frédérik Gauthier (Hunter Shinkaruk, Anthony Mantha)

Penalties/Pénalités:
02:16 CAN Brendan Gaunce (High-sticking/Bâton élevé)
05:54 CAN Kerby Rychel (High-sticking/Bâton élevé)
17:02 CAN Dillon Heatherington (Tripping/Faire trébucher)

Second Period/Deuxième période
Goals/Buts:
03:07 FIN Saku Salminen (Juuso Ikonen)

Penalties/Pénalités:
05:22 CAN Matt Finn (Cross-checking/Double-échec)
14:22 FIN Topi Nättinen (Delay of Game/Retarder le match)
16:08 FIN Mikko Vainonen (High-sticking/Bâton élevé)

Third Period/Troisième période
Goals/Buts:
03:40 CAN Félix Girard (Ryan Rupert, Émile Poirier)
10:03 CAN Brendan Gaunce (Kerby Rychel, Anthony Mantha)
15:07 FIN Artturi Lehkonen (Ville Leskinen, Mikko Vainonen)
18:36 CAN Hunter Shinkaruk (Félix Girard) EN/FD

Penalties/Pénalités:
03:56 CAN Josh Morrissey (Hooking/Accrocher)
07:10 CAN Brendan Leipsic (Tripping/Faire trébucher)

 

Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
CAN Eric Comrie
FIN Juuse Saros (out/3rd 19:46)

 

Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 Total
CAN 10 15 11 36
FIN 13 9 18 40

 

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