Game Summary
Canada 8 - Russia 0
 

CANADA WINS GOLD AT 2008 IIHF WORLD UNDER-18 CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 8-0 ROMP OVER RUSSIA

KAZAN, Russia – Canada has won been crowned world champions at the 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championship after an 8-0 rout of Russia in Wednesday’s gold medal game.

Jordan Eberle (Calgary, AB/Regina, WHL) scored twice and added an assist to lead the way offensively for the Canadians, while goaltender Jake Allen (Fredericton, NB/St. John’s, QMJHL) made 29 saves for his second shutout of the tournament.

Allen, who played every minute of every game for Canada, was named Top Goaltender by the IIHF Directorate after leading the championship in goals against average (1.43) and save percentage (.945). He also earned a spot on the media all-star team.

Up against an undefeated Russian team and in front of a pro-Russian crowd of more than 10,000 at Tatneft Arena, it was Canada who got the early jump when Nicolas Deschamps (Delson, QC/Chicoutimi, QMJHL) scored with the Canadians shorthanded just 4:32 in.

Corey Trivino (Toronto, ON/Stouffville, OPJHL) pushed the lead to 2-0 near the midway mark of the period, and goals from Eberle and Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon, SK/Brandon, WHL) 49 seconds apart spelled the end of the night for Russian netminder Alexander Pechurskiy, who allowed four goals on nine shots.

Unfortunately for the Russians, back-up Danila Alistratov fared no better, allowing Eberle’s second of the period on the only shot he faced before the intermission.

Down 5-0 after just 20 minutes, the Russians became undisciplined in the second period and lost blueliner Maxim Chudinov to a match penalty early in the frame. Tyler Cuma (Bowmanville, ON/Ottawa, OHL) capitalized on the five-minute powerplay, making it 6-0.

Brandon McMillan (Delta, BC/Kelowna, WHL) scored Canada’s seventh goal of the game late in the second period and Taylor Hall (Kingston, ON/Windsor, OHL) rounded out the scoring in the third as Canada claimed its first gold medal at the U18 level since taking home the 2003 world title from Yaroslavl, Russia.

Canadian captain Cody Hodgson (Markham, ON/Brampton, OHL) picked up three assists in the gold medal victory, and finished with 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists), good for the tournament scoring lead.

Allen, Eberle and Hodgson were named Canada’s Top Three Players of the tournament.

The Canadians finished with the world championship with the tournament’s best powerplay (13-for-41, 31.7%) and best penalty kill (42-of-45, 93.3%).

The gold medal completes a 19-day journey that began in Toronto on May 5th with the first team meeting and included a stop in Minsk, Belarus for a pre-tournament camp and a pair of exhibition games.

In honour of former Canadian Hockey League and Western Hockey League president Ed Chynoweth, who passed away Tuesday in Calgary, Canadian players wore ‘ED’ stickers on their helmets and posted his name on the Canadian bench.

Chynoweth was one of the founders of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, of which the National Men’s Under-18 Team is a part of.

 

Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event/Événement Under-18 World Championship Location/Emplacement Kazan, RUS
Date Wed, Apr 23, 2008 Arena/Aréna Tatneft Arena
Time/Heure 11:00 am EST Attendance/Assistance 10,000
Round/Ronde Gold Medal Game # 31

 

Box Score/Compte

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Final

CAN

5

2

1

8

RUS

0

0

0

0

 

Goals/Penalties
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
4.32 SH1 Canada 17. DESCHAMPS, Nicolas
9.02 Canada 10. TRIVINO, Corey (18. SAUVE, Maxime)
15.06 PP1 Canada 7. EBERLE, Jordan (9. HODGSON, Cody, 26. ELLIS, Ryan)
15.55 Canada 22. SCHENN, Brayden
17.05 Canada 7. EBERLE, Jordan (5. SCANDELLA, Marco, 9. HODGSON, Cody)

Penalties/Pénalités :
3.04 2 min Canada 2. TEUBERT, Colten Tripping
6.33 2 min Canada 29. DUCHENE, Matthew Tripping
9.22 2 min Canada 16. O DELL, Eric Delaying the Game
11.30 2 min Russia 28. FILATOV, Nikita Tripping
14.53 2 min Russia 8. CHERNOV, Pavel Tripping
17.58 2 min Canada 23. HAMONIC, Travis Roughing

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
27.14 PP1 Canada 6. CUMA, Tyler
36.21 Canada 15. McMILLAN, Brandon (22. SCHENN, Brayden, 28. NEMISZ, Greg)

Penalties/Pénalités :
20.29 2 min Canada 9. HODGSON, Cody Roughing
24.16 25 min Russia 27. CHUDINOV, Maxim Match Penalty
29.07 2 min Canada 14. LAGACE, Jacob Hooking
37.15 2 min Canada 11. HALL, Taylor Hooking
39.59 2 min Canada 29. DUCHENE, Matthew High Sticking

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :
46.49 Canada 11. HALL, Taylor (9. HODGSON, Cody, 7. EBERLE, Jordan)

Penalties/Pénalités :
40.49 10 min Canada 2. TEUBERT, Colten Misconduct
40.49 2 min Canada 2. TEUBERT, Colten Checking from Behind
42.06 2 min Canada 23. HAMONIC, Travis Cross-Checking
47.11 2 min Russia 10. KULEMIN, Viatcheslav Roughing
47.58 2 min Canada 27. BRITTAIN, Josh Slashing
50.13 2 min Canada 27. BRITTAIN, Josh Charging
55.44 2 min Russia 10. KULEMIN, Viatcheslav Hooking
57.06 2 min Russia 11. KULIKOV, Dmitry Interference
58.47 2 min Russia 10. KULEMIN, Viatcheslav High Sticking

 

Goaltenders CAN ALLEN, Jake
Gardiens de but RUS PECHURSKIY, Alexander, in at 15:55 1st ALISTRATOV, Danila

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 10 13 8 31
Tirs au but RUS 13 5 11 29

Referee/Arbitre LAAKSONEN Tom (FIN), RITCHIE Robert (USA)
Linesmen/Juges des lignes BROWN David (USA), SABELSTROM Peter (SWE)

 

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