2016-17 National Men's Under-18 Team

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2017 IIHF U18 World Championship
Game #17
Preliminary
Final
April 18, 2017 9:30 am EDT
ZS Poprad
Poprad, SVK

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
1
1
3
1
3
2
6

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
10
4
6
20
12
14
8
34

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 4
12
1 / 6
8

Game Story

CANADA DOUBLED UP BY FINNS IN PRELIM FINALE AT U18 WORLDS

JASON LA ROSE

POPRAD, Slovakia – MacKenzie Entwistle (Georgetown, Ont./Hamilton, OHL) scored once and added an assist, but Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team dropped a 6-3 decision to Finland to close out the preliminary round Tuesday at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship.

The loss means Canada finishes second in Group A, and will play Russia, Sweden or the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals on Thursday, depending on results from other games Tuesday.

Jack Studnicka (Tecumseh, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) and Jett Woo (Winnipeg, Man./Moose Jaw, WHL) had the other goals for the Canadians, who were outshot 34-20 by the Finns.

An early penalty put the Canadians in a quick hole, with Kristian Vesalainen scoring on the power play just 56 seconds after the puck dropped, but Studnicka finished off a smart play by Josh Brook (Roblin, Man./Moose Jaw, WHL) to get Canada even less than three minutes later.

Both teams came out firing, combining for 22 shots in the opening period, but the game went to the first intermission tied 1-1.

The Finns started to pull away in the second period; Vesalainen struck again 30 seconds into the middle stanza, and Miro Heiskanen snapped a quick shot far-side on Canadian goaltender Ian Scott (Calgary, Alta./Prince Albert, WHL) before Santeri Virtanen converted a shorthanded breakaway for a 4-1 lead at 12:37.

Woo pulled one back for Canada late in the second, beating Finnish netminder Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen through a screen with 1:22 left, making it a 4-2 game after 40 minutes.

But whatever momentum the Canadians had disappeared 84 seconds into the third period when Teemu Engberg restored the three-goal lead for the Finns and chased Scott, who gave way to Jake McGrath (Mississauga, Ont./Sudbury, OHL).

Entwistle got a bounce off a Finnish stick to score on the power play just past the midway point of the period, but Vesalainen finished his hat trick into an empty net with 1:38 to go to cap the scoring.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jaret Anderson-Dolan
Goaltender Interference (2:00)
0:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Jared McIsaac
Slashing (2:00)
0:56
GOAL
Goal: Kristian Vesalainen (power play)

0:56
GOAL
Goal: Jack Studnicka

Assists: Josh Brook
3:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Maxime Comtois
Tripping (2:00)
5:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Olli Maansaari
Slashing (2:00)
12:44
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Kristian Vesalainen

Assists: Urho Vaakanainen, Miro Heiskanen
0:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Jett Woo
High-Sticking (2:00)
2:08
GOAL
Goal: Miro Heiskanen

Assists: Jesse Ylonen
6:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Rasmus Kupari
Hooking (2:00)
10:57
GOAL
Goal: Santeri Virtanen

12:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Eemeli Rasanen
Slashing (2:00)
15:56
GOAL
Goal: Jett Woo

Assists: MacKenzie Entwistle, Matthew Strome
18:38
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Teemu Engberg

Assists: Jesperi Kotkaniemi
1:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Liam Hawel
Charging (2:00)
3:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Jaret Anderson-Dolan
Slashing (2:00)
5:17
PENALTY
Penalty: Kristian Vesalainen
Tripping (2:00)
10:27
GOAL
Goal: MacKenzie Entwistle (power play)

11:18
GOAL
Goal: Kristian Vesalainen

Assists: Teemu Engberg
18:22
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Jacob McGrath

1:24
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Jacob McGrath

18:23

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Ian Scott CAN 41 27 22 5 0.815
Jacob McGrath CAN 17 6 6 0 1.000
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen FIN 60 20 17 3 0.850

Game Leaders

GA 5 - SV - 22 - SAV% - 0.815
Goals 3 - Assists 0 - Points 3
G 3 - A 0 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2

Previous Games

3 - 7 L v SwedenSWE
Apr 20, 2017
2 - 4 L @ United States USA
Apr 23, 2017
3 - 6 L @ FinlandFIN
Apr 18, 2017
2 - 1 W @ Russia RUS
Apr 22, 2017
7 - 3 W v SwitzerlandSUI
Apr 17, 2017
6 - 5 W v Czech Republic CZE
Apr 20, 2017
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