Game Summary
Canada 6 - Finland 5 (Overtime Final)
 

OLSEN SENDS CANADA TO OVERTIME VICTORY OVER FINLAND

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Dylan Olsen (Calgary, Alta./Camrose, AJHL) was the overtime hero, scoring 1:58 into the extra period as Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team opened pre-tournament play ahead of the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship with a wild 6-5 win over Finland on Sunday.

Canada struck first just shy of the four-minute mark of the first period as John McFarland (Richmond Hill, Ont./Sudbury, OHL) snapped a puck through the five-hole of Finnish goaltender Joni Ortio for a 1-0 lead.

But the lead would last just four minutes, as the Finns pulled even and sent the game to the first intermission even 1-1.

The offensive floodgates opened in the second period, as the two teams combined for four goals before the period was 10 minutes old. After Finland took a 2-1 lead just 55 seconds into the frame, Curtis Hamilton (Kelowna, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL) pulled Canada even, and struck again five minutes later after the Finns had again taken the lead.

Canada regained its one-goal lead late in the period when Brett Connolly (Prince George, B.C./Prince George, WHL) counted to give the Canadians a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes.

But once again the Finns would claw back, tying the game early in the third period, and, after Simon Déspres (Laval, Que./Saint John, QMJHL) had restored Canada’s lead at the 12:32 mark, drawing even again on a power play marker with 4:27 to go, forcing overtime.

The Canadians took advantage of an early penalty against the Finns in the extra period and Olsen blasted a point shot past Erno Suomalainen, who had replaced Ortio following Connolly’s second-period goal.

Michael Zador (Toronto, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) went the distance in the Canadian goal, making 23 saves.

Canada finished 3-for-10 on the power play, and killed eight of the ten Finnish man advantages.

After an off day on Monday, Canada returns to the ice at Ridder Arena Tuesday night when it faces Slovakia at 7 p.m. CT in its second and final pre-tournament game. It opens defence of its world title on Thursday, April 9 against Germany in Fargo, N.D.

Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event/Événement 2009 World U-18 Champ. Location/Emplacement Minneapolis, MN, USA
Date Sun. Apr. 5, 2009 Arena/Aréna Ridder Arena
Time/Heure 15:30 Local Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Exhibition Game #/No. match 01

 

Box Score/Compte
1
2
3
OT
Final
CAN
1
3
1
1
6
FIN
1
2
2
0
5

 

Goals/Penalties
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
03:45 CAN John McFarland (Joey Hishon) PP/AN
07:22 FIN Jesse Mankinen (Janne Kumpulainen)

Penalties/Pénalités :
00:21 CAN Cody Eakin (Holding the Stick/Retenir de baton)
02:54 FIN Joonas Donskoi (Slashing/Coup de baton)
04:10 FIN Tommi Kivisto (Interference/Obstruction)
10:15 CAN Calvin de Haan (Tripping/Trebucher)
10:51 FIN Mikael Aaltonen (Hooking/Accrocher)
11:14 CAN Simon Déspres (Interference/Obstruction)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
00:55 FIN Teemu Pulkkinen (Mikael Granlund)
05:09 CAN Curtis Hamilton (Calvin de Haan, Byron Froese)
08:40 FIN Teemu Pulkkinen (Sami Vatanen) PP/AN
10:29 CAN Curtis Hamilton (Byron Froese) PP/AN
14:57 CAN Brett Connolly

Penalties/Pénalités :
02:31 CAN Taylor Doherty (Slashing/Coup de baton)
07:05 FIN Rasmus Rissanen (Cross-checking/Double-échec)
07:24 CAN Curtis Hamilton (Cross-checking/Double-échec)
07:59 CAN Ethan Werek (Hooking/Accrocher)
09:04 FIN Ville Hyvarinen (Interference/Obstruction)
18:53 CAN Mikael Granlund (Holding/Retenir)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :
02:22 FIN Janne Kumpulainen (Jesse Mankinen)
12:32 CAN Simon Déspres (Zack Kassian)
15:33 FIN Sami Vatanen (Teemu Pulkkinen, Toni Rajala) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénalités :
04:37 FIN Mikael Granlund (Tripping/Trebucher)
06:36 FIN Tommi Kivisto (Tripping/Trebucher)
08:09 CAN Erik Gudbranson (Interference/Obstruction)
12:55 CAN Kyle Clifford (Check from Behind)
12:55 CAN Kyle Clifford (Game Misconduct/Inconduite de match)
14:32 FIN Mikael Granlund (Interference/Obstruction)
15:10 CAN Calvin de Haan (Slashing/Coup de baton)
15:29 CAN Brett Connolly (Hooking/Accrocher)

Overtime/Prolongation

Goals/Buts :
01:58 Dylan Olsen (John McFarland) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénalités :
01:09 FIN Rasmus Rissanen (Roughing/Rudesse)

 

Goaltenders CAN Michael Zador
Gardiens de but FIN Joni Ortio

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p OT Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 6 12 9 2 29
Tirs au but FIN 8 10 10 0 28

 

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