Game Summary
Canada 4 - Finland 5


MINSK, Belarus – John McFarland (Richmond Hill, Ont./Sudbury, OHL) scored a hat trick to pace the Canadian offence, but it wasn’t enough as Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team fell 5-4 to Finland in exhibition action on Friday night at the Minsk Ice Palace.

The game was Canada’s lone pre-tournament contest before opening the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship next Tuesday (8 a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT) against Switzerland in Bobruisk, located 138 km from Minsk. Canada is looking to improve on its fourth-place finish from the 2009 U18 Worlds in the U.S.

The Finns jumped out to a quick start, striking just 46 seconds after the opening face-off for an early 1-0 lead. But McFarland, one of three returning Canadians from the 2008 world championship, got Canada back on even terms less than five minutes later, scoring shorthanded.

The second period was a parade to the penalty box, as the two teams combined for 24 minutes in penalties in the middle frame. The Finns used an early power play to regain a one-goal lead thanks to Petteri Halinen, and pushed it to 3-1 when Teemu Pulkkinen beat Calvin Pickard (Winnipeg, Man./Seattle, WHL) at the five-minute mark.

McFarland notched his second of the game with two minutes left in the second period, but the Finns restored their two-goal lead before the buzzer sounded on Halinen’s second goal of the period.

Outshot 24-22 through two periods, the Canadians fell into a three-goal hole early in the third period when Mikael Salmivirta beat Kent Simpson (Edmonton, Alta./Everett, WHL) – who had replaced Pickard midway through the second period – to make it 5-2.

But the Canadians fought back, getting goals from Ryan Spooner (Kanata, Ont./Peterborough, OHL), at 10:47, and McFarland, who wrapped up his hat trick at 14:42 to make it a one-goal game at 5-4. Despite outshooting the Finns 15-10 in the final 20 minutes Canada could not get the tying goal past Finnish goaltender Jonathan Iilhati, falling short in its comeback attempt.

Ryan Murray (White City, Sask./Everett, WHL) added two assists for Canada, which outshot Finland 37-34 overall.

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Event/Événement 2010 IIHF WU18C Location/Emplacement Minsk, BLR
Date Fri. Apr. 09, 2010 Arena/Aréna Minsk Ice Palace
Time/Heure 10:00 am ET Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Exhibition Game #/No du match -

Box Score/Compte

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

Goals/Buts : 
00:46 FIN Joonas Donskoi (Teemu Pulkkinen)
05:23 CAN John McFarland

Penalties/Pénalités : 
03:34 FIN Miikka Salomaki (Holding/Retenir)
06:38 CAN Brock Beukeboom (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
10:23 FIN Markus Granlund (Holding/Retenir)
20:00 CAN Michael Sgarbossa (Slashing/Coup de bâton)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts : 
02:07 FIN Petteri Halinen (Teemu Rautiainen, Mika Partanen) PP/AN
05:00 FIN Teemu Pulkkinen (Mikael Salmivirta, Miikka Salomaki)
18:00 CAN John McFarland (Ryan Murray, Christian Thomas)
19:16 FIN Petteri Halinen (Joonas Donskoi, Miihkali Teppo)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
01:26 CAN Ryan O’Connor (Hooking/Accrocher)
02:54 CAN Christian Thomas (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
03:32 FIN Joel Mustonen (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
03:47 CAN Max Reinhart (Hooking/Accrocher)
04:20 FIN Teemu Rautiainen (Interference/Obstruction)
04:20 CAN Erik Gudbranson (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
05:20 FIN Miihkali Teppo (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
07:14 FIN Markus Vastila (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
07:20 CAN Quinton Howden (Hooking/Accrocher)
10:06 CAN Steven Shipley (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
16:30 FIN Julius Nyqvist (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
19:45 FIN Patrik Moisio (Charging/Assaut)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts : 
04:56 FIN Mikael Salmivirta (Miihkali Teppo, Teemu Rautiainen)
10:47 CAN Ryan Spooner (Ryan Murray, Freddie Hamilton)
14:42 CAN John McFarland (Ryan O’Connor)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
01:10 FIN Teemu Rautiainen (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
08:40 FIN Mikael Salmivirta (High-sticking/Bâton élévé)

Goaltenders CAN Calvin Pickard; Kent Simpson (in 2nd/12:22)
Gardiens de but FIN Jonathan Iilahti
Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 11 11 15 37
Tirs au but FIN 13 11 10 34


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