United States 5 - Finland 2
TWO FROM SAMUELSSON LEADS AMERICANS TO OPENING WIN
by Adam Campbell
WINNIPEG, Man. – With a thunderous clap of their sticks during the national anthem, the United States letpeople know they are here to play.
The defending champions carried that momentum into the opening game of the 2011 World Under-17 HockeyChallenge, scoring a 5-2 win over Finland Wednesday afternoon at the MTS Iceplex. Finland hasn’t medaled inthe tournament since capturing bronze in 1999.
Finnish goalie Oskari Setänen withstood an early American attack but couldn’t stop a Henrik Samuelssonbreakaway ten minutes into the first period. Connor Carrick, Matthew Lane and Nicolas Kerdiles also scoredfor the Americans. Setänen posted 46 saves and was named Finland’s player of the game while Samuelsson – sonof former NHLer Ulf Samuelsson – finished with a pair of goals.
Despite Setänen’s strong play, the Americans were too much for Finland to handle. Their offensive attackshowcased several highlight-reel goals and was complemented by their strong defensive play. Their forecheckkept the puck in Finland’s zone for most of the game and at one point sent the stick of Finland’s Markus Kojoflying into the rafters.
After giving up five goals through two periods, Finland kept the U.S. at bay while adding goals from TopiNättinen in the second period and Jusso Ikonen late in the third. However, it was too little, too late as thedeficit was too large to overcome.
With the win, the U.S. keeps pace with Quebec, tying them for first in Group A with three points. Bothteams play next on Thursday in Portage la Prairie, with the Americans facing Germany and Finland playingQuebec.
|Arena||MTS Iceplex||City, Country||Winnipeg, Man.|
|Month / Day / Year||12/29/2010||Time||03:00 PM CT|
|United States (USA)||3||2||0||5|
09:20 USA 56 Henrik Samuelsson (43 Connor Carrick)
13:02 USA 43 Connor Carrick (50 Cameron Darcy, 38 Thomas Di Pauli)
14:01 USA 46 Matthew Lane (44 Jacob Trouba)
01:11 USA 56 Henrik Samuelsson (57 Miles Koules, 44 Jacob Trouba)
08:28 USA 42 Nicolas Kerdiles (40 Ryan Hartman, 45 Matt Grzelcyk)
08:44 FIN 14 Topi Nättinen (21 Jaakko Hautamäki, 29 Jimi Kuronen)
19:07 FIN 10 Jusso Ikonen (20 Teuvo Teräväinen, 12 Samu Markkula)
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|United States||38 Thomas Di Pauli|
|Finland||31 Oskari Setänen|
|Lines People||Brett Boyce, Guillaume Labonté|
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