Canada 4 - C2 Pojat Boys 3 (SO)

CANADIAN U18 WOMEN BEAT FINNISH BOYS 4-3 IN SHOOTOUT BEFORE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

KIRKKONUMMI, Finland – It doesn't count in the standings, but it was a timely tune-up for head coach Jim Fetter and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team.

The Canadian squad earned a 4-3 shootout win Wednesday over the C2 Pojat Blues, a Finnish boys’ team that's the equivalent of a Bantam-level squad in Canada, at Varuboden Arena in Kirkkonummi, just outside of Helsinki.

It was the lone exhibition game for Canada leading up to the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship. The Canadians will face Hungary in the tournament opener for both teams this Saturday.

"It's all about confidence, especially in the female game, which is going to help leading into (the world championship)," Fetter said. "Overall, I thought it was a great game; very good competition.

"They really challenged our girls. They were quick, they were strong, so our girls were battle-tested. It was a great game for us to play. Kudos to the boys’ team. They were very classy; they played with a lot of sportsmanship, but also played hard and really tested us."

The contest was a close one, as Canada took a one-goal lead on three separate occasions, only to have C2 Pojat come back to tie the score each time, including early in the third to force overtime.

Ashleigh Brykaliuk (Brandon, Man./Westman, MFMHL), Hanna Bunton (Belleville, Ont./Whitby, PWHL) and Halli Krzyzaniak (Neepawa, Man./Pursuit of Excellence, Midget AAA) scored in regulation for Canada. After the scoreless extra session, Karly Heffernan (St. Albert, Alta./Edge School, JWHL) and Brykaliuk both scored in the shootout while C2 Pojat was stopped on both of its attempts.

Kimberly Newell (Burnaby, B.C./Princeton University, ECAC) and Jessica Dodds (London, Ont./London, PWHL) shared goaltending duties for Canada, combining to stop 42 shots in regulation and overtime.

The Canadian team will practise Thursday, and then take Friday off to do some sightseeing in and around Helsinki before facing Hungary.

Canada is the defending champion after winning last year's under-18 world championship in the Czech Republic. Fetter said the Canadian team's winning formula is a simple one.

"Our biggest thing is going to be our work ethic," he said. "That's something we harped on in the summer and have been harping on since we've been here ... it's all about good habits.

"Sometimes with their club programs, (Canadian players) are able to get away from those things because they're the best players, but here they're all the best players. That's the biggest thing we're going to harp on here and that's making sure they're doing the little things."

Fetter admits to knowing little about Hungary, but does expect the Hungarians to play their best game against Canada.

"Absolutely and that's what we want," he said. "We want teams to come at us with their best because that's the only way we're going to continue to grow and develop and get better."

Game Information
Game # -
Round Exhibition
Arena Varuboden Arena
Location Kirkkonummi, FIN
Date 12/26/2012
Time 10:30 AM ET

 

Box Score 1 2 3 OT1 SO Total
CAN
1
1 1 0 1 4
C2P
1
1 1 0 0 3

 

Goals & Penalties
First Period
Goals :
06:08 CAN Ashleigh Brykaliuk (Kristin Gilmour)
08:16 C2P Eemeli Perklen

Penalties :
None

Second Period
Goals :
07:04 CAN Hanna Bunton (Sydney McKibbon, Sarah Nurse)
11:40 C2P Rostami Rastin (Niklas Peltomäki)

Penalties :
08:57 C2P Niklas Peltomäki (Holding/Retenir)
13:38 CAN Catherine Dubois (Hooking/Accrocher)


Third Period
Goals:
01:45 CAN Halli Krzyzaniak (Geneviève Bannon, Catherine Dubois)
03:58 C2P Oskari Lemetyinen PP/AN


Penalties :
02:51 CAN Kristin Gilmour (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
07:01 C2P Bench/Banc (Too many men/Trop de joueurs)
15:49 C2P Juhani Merikanto (Charging/Assaut)
19:04 C2P Niclas Almari (Tripping/Trébucher)

Overtime
Goals:
None

Penalties :
03:28 CAN Sydney McKibbon (Tripping/Trébucher)

Shootout

CAN Karly Heffernan GOAL/BUT
C2P Uomala Oskari NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
CAN Ashleigh Brykaliuk GOAL/BUT
C2P Eemelii Perklen NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT

Goaltenders
CAN
Kimberly Newell
Jessica Dodds ( 11:00 in 2nd)


C2P
Otto Tunturi
Markus Mehtonen (11:00 in 2nd)


Shots on Goal
1 2 3 OT1 Total
CAN
12
9 6 1 28
C2P
12 13 12 5 42
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