Game Summary
Canada 4 - Finland 2


CHRUDIM, Czech Republic – Team Canada scored a power-play goal, shorthanded goal and two even-strength goals to beat Finland 4-2 in exhibition action in preparation of the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship on Sunday.

Shawn Matthias (Mississauga, ON/Belleville, OHL) led the way with two goals as Canada improved to 3-0 in exhibition play in front of a crowd of 2,500. Canada will now prepare for the start of the tournament on Boxing Day, when the three-time defending champion takes on the Czech Republic.

Finland outshot Canada 33-21 in the game, but Steve Mason (Oakville, ON/London, OHL) was solid in net for the win.
Canada’s special teams took control of the game in the first period. Drew Doughty (London, ON/Guelph, OHL) scored a power-play goal at 5:01 when his slap shot from the point beat Finland netminder Riku Heleniu. Then, at 12:10, Matthias scored a shorthanded goal when he one-timed in a pass from Matthew Halischuk (Mississauga, ON/Kitchener, OHL). Canada, despite being outshot by Finland 8-7, led 2-0 after 20 minutes.

Finland came on in the second period and ended up with a 13-6 advantage in shots on goal in the middle frame. But Canada’s Brad Marchand (Hammonds Plains, NS/Halifax, QMJHL) scored just 25 seconds into the second to make it 3-0. Marchand completed a nice play set up by Claude Giroux (Ottawa, ON/Gatineau, QMJHL). Finland cut into the lead at 8:47 on Niko Aaltonen’s power-play goal.

Early in the third, Finland’s Ville Lajunen scored another goal with the man advantage to cut Canada’s lead to one. But Matthias restored Canada’s two-goal lead with his second of the game at 8:29 and that was it for scoring.

Canada Lineup

1 Jonathan Bernier (G)
30 Steve Mason (G) (Starting)

2 Josh Godfrey (D)
3 Logan Pyett (D)
4 Thomas Hickey (D)
8 Drew Doughty (D)
15 Luke Schenn (D)
23 PK Subban (D)
27 Karl Alzner (D)

7 Stefan Legein (F/A)
10 Steven Stamkos (F/A)
11 Zachary Boychuk (F/A)
12 Brandon Sutter (F/A)
17 Brad Marchand (F/A)
18 Colton Gillies (F/A)
19 Kyle Turris (F/A)
20 John Tavares (F/A)
21 Riley Holzapfel (F/A)
22 Shawn Matthias (F/A)
28 Claude Giroux (F/A)
32 Matthew Halischuk (F/A)
34 Wayne Simmonds (F/A)

Finland Lineup

1 Riku Helenius (G) (Starting)
30 Harri Sateri (G)

2 Juha-Petteri Purolinna (D)
3 Joonas Jarvinen (D)
4 Miko Malkamaki (D)
6 Joonas Lehtivuori (D)
7 Joonas Jalvanti (D)
8 Mikko Kousa (D)
9 Ville Lajunen (D)
29 Niko Kluuskeri (D)

10 Juuso Puustinen (F/A)
14 Siim Liivik (F/A)
15 Jarkko Malinen (F/A)
16 Eetu Poysti (F/A)
18 Max Warn (F/A)
19 Harri Pesonen (F/A)
20 Tomi Sallinen (F/A)
21 Niko Aaltonen (F/A)
23 Sakari Salminen (F/A)
24 Joonas Kemppainen (F/A)
26 Niclas Lucenius (F/A)
27 Jan-mikael Juutilainen (F/A)
28 Nestori Lahde (F/A)

Coach Jukka Rautakorpi
Asst Harri Laurila
Asst Juha Vuori
G Coach Olli-Pekka Aijala
Team Leader Hannu Lemmetyinen


Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event/Évenement Pre-Championship Location/Emplacement Chrudin, CZE
Date Sun. Dec. 23, 2007 Arena/Aréna Chrudin Arena
Time/Heure 18:00 Local Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Exhibition Game #/No Match 03


Box Score/Compte
















First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
05:01 CAN 8 Drew Doughty (19 Kyle Turris) PP
12:10 CAN 22 Shawn Matthias (32 Matthew Halischuk) SH

Penalties/Pénalités :
01:13 CAN 10 Steven Stamkos (Slashing/Cinglé)
04:35 FIN 26 Niclas Lucenius (Interference/Obstruction)
05:01 FIN 9 Ville Lajunen (Unsportsmanlike/Inconduite)
05:59 CAN 15 Luke Schenn (High-sticking/Bâton élever)
10:57 CAN 34 Wayne Simmonds (Tripping/Trébucher)
14:55 FIN 21 Niko Aaltonen (Hooking/Accrocher)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
00:25 CAN 17 Brad Marchand (28 Claude Giroux)
08:47 FIN 21 Niko Aaltonen (23 Joonas Kemppainen) PP

Penalties/Pénalités :
00:55 CAN 4 Thomas Hickey (Charging/Assaut)
08:28 CAN 20 John Tavares (High-sticking/Bâton élever)
11:14 CAN 4 Thomas Hickey (Hooking/Accrocher)
13:13 CAN 2 Josh Godfrey (Interference/Obstruction)
18:20 CAN 7 Stefan Legein (Spearing/Avoir darder) (2+2+10 misconduct/inconduite)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :
01:01 FIN 9 Ville Lajunen (6 Joonas Lehtivuori, 23 Sakari Salminen) PP
08:29 CAN 22 Shawn Matthias (10 Steven Stamkos)

Penalties/Pénalités :
01:34 FIN 10 Juuso Puustinen (High-sticking/Bâton élever)
15:34 FIN 6 Joonas Lehtivuori (Cross-checking/Double-échec)


Goaltenders CAN Steve Mason
Gardiens de but FIN Riku Helenius

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 7 6 8 21
Tirs au but FIN 8 13 12 33

Referee/Arbitre Martin Homola
Linesmen/Juges des lignes Jan Cizek, Milan Kis

Attendance/Assistance 2,500