Canada 5 - Finland 4
U18's HOLD OFF FINNS
DRESDEN, Germany - Colin Smith scored the winner with less than five minutes left in regulationasCanadaedged Finland 5-4 at the world under-18 hockey championship Saturday.
Finland led 3-2 with less than 10 minutes to play before Nick Cousins and Mark Scheifele scored40secondsapart to put Canada up by one. Smith added Canada's third unanswered goal four minutes later.
It stood up as the winner after Finland's Olli Maatta scored a power-play goal in the finaltwominutes.
Smith called the game a step forward for the team's chances at the tournament.
"Obviously the first game was 5-0 (against the Czech Republic) and a good confidence booster,''saidSmith,``but I think this game, just knowing we can come back, is a huge stepping stone for when wegetdeeper."
Eric Locke and Ryan Murphy also scored for Canada as the team stayed undefeated through two games.
Joel Armia and Maatta each scored twice for Finland (1-1).
Malcolm Subban had another quality start in goal for Canada with 34 saves. Finnish goalie SamuPerhonenwasalso a factor, stopping 30 shots.
Canadian coach Mike Williamson said he tried to focus his team before the big third period.
"I thought we were a little bit loose today. The Finns have a good hockey team. They're very,veryskilled.... It could have gone either way."
Williamson said the team will have a light day Sunday to recuperate before facing Norway (0-2)onMonday.Canada will also play Sweden in round-robin play before the start of the medal round.
|Arena||Energie Verblund Arena||City, Country||Dresden, GER|
|Month / Day / Year||04/16/2011||Time||01:30 PM ET|
03:24 CAN 15 Eric Locke (14 Ryan Murphy) PP
03:27 FIN 23 Joel Armia (12 Miro Aaltonen, 10 Toni Kallela) PP
11:56 FIN 4 Olli Maata (10 Toni Kallela, 23 Joel Armia)
17:46 CAN 14 Ryan Murphy (14 Ryan Murphy, 17 Colin Smith)
01:06 FIN 23 Joel Armia PP
10:05 CAN 23 Mark Scheifele (8 Cody Ceci)
10:45 CAN 19 Nick Cousins (5 Ryan Murray)
14:44 CAN 17 Colin Smith
18:05 FIN 4 Olli Maata (22 Markus Granlund, 23 Joel Armia) PP
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
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