2006 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

West 2 – Finland 1


By Keith Borkowsky

REGINA — In a game where only national pride was at stake, Jason Gregoire’s clutch overtime goal gave West a 2-1 win over Finland.

That gave West seventh place at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Tuesday in Regina. Finland took eighth spot.

West assistant coach Blaine Sautner said they were ready for a shootout, if it were required, but was also confident they could finish it early in the overtime frame.

“I am kind of excited to go into shootouts, so we can see what we’ve got,” Sautner said. “I kind of joked we had our first three pairings up front and said we weren’t going to get to our third pairing because it will be over. Sure enough, we did get it done.”

Eetu Poysti put Finland on the board thanks to a turnover deep in the West zone, wrapping a shot past goalie David Aime 16:20 into the opening frame.

Early in the second period, Gregoire tied the game at one by tapping in a loose puck in a goalmouth scramble 3:40 into the second stanza.

Finland coach Petri Mattila said his team had a healthy respect for the Canadian side, which may have led to a costly lack of intensity.

“They play good hockey and have more power-skating than us,” Mattila said. “They have better passing and better shooting than us. I am happy with the face we displayed today.”

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 23 Round/Ronde 5th Place
Arena/Aréna Brandt Centre Location/Lieu Regina, Sask., Canada
Date Tues. Jan. 3, 2006 Time/Heure 15:00


Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 OT Final
WST 0 1 0 1 2
FIN 1 0 0 0 1


Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
16:20 FIN 19 Eetu Pöysti

Penalties/Pénalités :
08:07 WST 19 Dustin Cameron (Roughing)
12:40 WST 7 Brett Plouffe (Roughing)
13:38 FIN 15 Juho Määttä (Charging)

Second Period/Deuxieme Période

Goals/Buts :
03:40 WST 17 Jason Gregoire (7 Brett Plouffe, 20 Dwight King)

Penalties/Pénalités :
04:39 FIN 3 Matias Kiviharju (Roughing)
07:09 WST 3 Matt Delahey (Roughing)
08:45 FIN 4 Joonas Järvinen (Tripping)
10:38 WST 21 Brett Breitkreuz (Tripping)
13:40 WST 9 Joel Broda (Cross Checking)
13:40 FIN 23 Antti Tyrväinen (Interference)
15:50 WST 3 Matt Delahey (Interference)
18:10 FIN 9 Tomi Tuomivaara (Hooking)

Third Period/Troisième Période

Goals/Buts :

Penalties/Pénalités :
00:35 FIN 9 Tomi Tuomivaara (Holding)
02:47 FIN 4 Joonas Järvinen (High Sticking)
11:10 WST 14 Ryan Funk (Roughing)
17:34 WST 11 Bryce Lamb (Holding)


Goals/Buts :
00:36 WST 17 Jason Gregoire (20 Dwight King)

Penalties/Pénalités :


Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but
WST 1 David Aime
FIN 1 Tomi Karhunen


Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 OT Total
WST 10 9 12 12 32
FIN 7 10 8 8 25


Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match
WST 17 Jason Gregoire
FIN 9 Tomi Tuomivaara


Referee/Arbitre Colby Smith
Lines People/Juges de lignes Mathieu Chenier, Bobby Beddingfield