Finland 3 - Germany 1
FINLAND PICKS UP FIRST CHALLENGE WIN
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – Mikko Lehtonen’s goal early in the second period held up as the game winner asFinland earned a 3-1 victory over Germany on Saturday night for its first win at the 2011 World Under-17Hockey Challenge.
As the lowest-ranked team from a year ago the Finns were forced to play four games in four nights, five infive if you include an exhibition game against Ontario last Tuesday. They finished 1-3 for the second year ina row and will wait for the results of the final day of preliminary round action on Sunday to find out whatplace they will play for on Monday.
Germany opened the scoring on a Janik Möser power play goal midway through the first period, but Finlandwould pull even off the stick of Jonatan Tanus before the end of the opening frame.
A quick start to the second period put the Finns ahead for good; first, Lehtonen gave them their firstlead at 3:33, followed by a goal from Jusso Ikonen on the man advantage just 2:21 later.
The Finnish defence took over from there, allowing the Germans just 11 shots in the final two periods,three in the third. Overall, Finland outshot Germany 29-16.
The Germans, still looking for their first win, conclude the preliminary round on Sunday when they take onAtlantic at the PCU Centre in Portage (3 p.m. CT).
|Arena||PCU Centre||City, Country||Portage la Prairie, Man.|
|Month / Day / Year||01/01/2011||Time||07:30 PM CT|
10:50 GER 26 Janik Möser (18 Marcel Kurth) PP
15:13 FIN 18 Jonatan Tanus (24 Henri Ikonen)
03:33 FIN 2 Mikko Lehtonen (12 Samu Markkula, 24 Henri Ikonen)
05:54 FIN 10 Jusso Ikonen (20 Teuvo Teräväinen, 8 Kalle Torniainen) PP
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Finland||10 Jusso Ikonen|
|Germany||1 Marvin Cüpper|
|Lines People||Chad Huseby, Kyle Mahoney|
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