Game Summary
Canada 3 - Finland 2 (Shootout)
 

GROPP AND GARDINER SCORE IN SHOOTOUT, CANADA FINISHES PRELIMS WITH WIN

INNSBRUCK, Austria – Eric Gropp (Kamloops, B.C./Okanagan Hockey Academy, Midget AAA) and Reid Gardiner (Humboldt, Sask./Saskatoon Contacts, SMAAAHL) scored in the shootout as Canada wrapped up the preliminary round at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games with a 3-2 victory over Finland on Wednesday.

The win temporarily leaves Canada first in the standings with eight points from four games. The United States and Russia meet Wednesday night in the preliminary finale, with a regulation win by either team or a Russian overtime win leaving Canada second.

A U.S. win in overtime would leave Canada and the Americans tied for first, and give the Canadians top spot based on their 5-1 victory over the U.S. on Sunday.

Adam Brooks (Winnipeg, Man./Winnipeg Thrashers, MMAAAHL) and Eric Cornel (Kemptville, Ont./Upper Canada, OEMHL) scored in regulation time for the Canadians, who led 1-0 and 2-1 but saw the Finns come back and tie the game each time.

“We were expecting a tough game and they gave us a tough game,” Canadian captain Joe Hicketts (Kamloops, B.C./Okanagan Hockey Academy, Midget AAA) told iihf.com. “It helps us to have a game like this before we go to the semifinals.”

After a scoreless overtime, Cornel opened the shootout by missing the net. After Canadian netminder Keven Bouchard (Métabetchouan, Que./Jonquière, LHMAAAQ) stopped Joel Kiviranta, who had both goals in the game for Finland, Gropp and Gardiner scored for Canada, sandwiched around a Finnish goal by Kaperi Kapanen.

Needing to score to extend the game, Finnish captain Manu Honkanen beat Bouchard but not the post, giving the Canadians the victory and the two points.

Both teams will see action in Friday’s semifinals, with the possibility of a rematch if the U.S.-Russia game is decided in regulation time, or if the Russians earn an overtime victory.

 

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Event/Événement 2012 Youth Olympics Location/Emplacement Innsbruck, AUT
Date Wed. Jan. 18, 2012 Arena/Aréna Tyrolean Arena
Time/Heure 6:45 a.m. ET Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Preliminary Game #/No du match 09

 

Box Score/Compte
1
2
3
OT
SO
Final
CAN
0
2
0
0
1
3
FIN
0
1
1
0
0
2

 

Goals/Penalties - Buts/Pénalités
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts : 
None/Aucun

Penalties/Pénalités : 
00:10 CAN Adam Brooks (Delay of Game/Retarder le match)
10:41 FIN Jere Rouhiainen (Interference/Obstruction)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts : 
00:11 CAN Adam Brooks (Reid Duke)
06:05 FIN Joel Kiviranta (Miikka Pitkanen)
07:01 CAN Eric Cornel (Ryan Gropp, Joe Hicketts)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
09:05 CAN Reid Duke (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
15:00 FIN Joni Tuulola (Slashing/Coup de bâton)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts : 
06:42 FIN Joel Kiviranta (Miikka Pitkanen)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
08:26 FIN Jonne Yliniemi (Roughing/Rudesse)
08:26 CAN Garrett James (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
13:00 FIN Jere Rouhiainen (Interference/Obstruction)

Overtime/Prolongation

Goals/Buts : 
None/Aucun

Penalties/Pénalités : 
None/Aucune

Shootout/Tirs de barrage

CAN Eric Cornel NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
FIN Joel Kiviranta NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
CAN Ryan Gropp GOAL/BUT
FIN Kasperi Kapanen GOAL/BUT
CAN Reid Gardiner GOAL/BUT
FIN Manu Honkanen NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT

 

Goaltenders CAN Keven Bouchard
Gardien(ne)s de but FIN Kaapo Kahkonen
Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p OT Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 6 7 11 2 26
Tirs au but FIN 5 9 8 3 25
 
Referee/Arbitre ---
Linesmen/Juges des lignes ---
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