2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

United States 5 – Finland 2


by Adam Campbell

WINNIPEG, Man. – With a thunderous clap of their sticks during the national anthem, the United States let people 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 Samuelsson breakaway ten minutes into the first period. Connor Carrick, Matthew Lane and Nicolas Kerdiles also scored for the Americans. Setänen posted 46 saves and was named Finland’s player of the game while Samuelsson – son of 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 attack showcased several highlight-reel goals and was complemented by their strong defensive play. Their forecheck kept 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 Topi Nättinen in the second period and Jusso Ikonen late in the third. However, it was too little, too late as the deficit 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. Both teams play next on Thursday in Portage la Prairie, with the Americans facing Germany and Finland playing Quebec.

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 02 Round/Ronde Preliminary
Arena/Aréna MTS Iceplex Location/Lieu Winnipeg, Man.
Date Wed. Dec. 29, 2010 Time/Heure 03:00 PM CT


Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Final
3 2 0 5
FIN 0 1 1 2


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

Goals/Buts :
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)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
18:51 FIN 7 Markus Kojo (Roughing)

Second Period/Deuxieme Période

Goals/Buts :
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)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
05:37 FIN 4 Mikko Vainonen (Hooking)
10:21 USA 56 Henrik Samuelsson (Slashing)
14:02 FIN 7 Markus Kojo (Delay of Game)
18:37 USA 44 Jacob Trouba (Hooking)

Third Period/Troisième Période

Goals/Buts :
19:07 FIN 10 Jusso Ikonen (20 Teuvo Teräväinen, 12 Samu Markkula)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
07:34 FIN 4 Mikko Vainonen (Tripping)
07:42 USA 56 Henrik Samuelsson (Interference)
12:10 FIN 26 Rasmus Kulmala (Holding)
15:05 USA 41 Quentin Shore (Hooking)
16:40 FIN (Too Many Men)


Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but
USA 33 Jared Rutledge On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
FIN 31 Oskari Setänen On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00


Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 Total
15 18 18 51
FIN 6 5 6 17

Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match
USA 38 Thomas Di Pauli
FIN 31 Oskari Setänen

Referee Jason Pyke
Lines People Brett Boyce, Guillaume Labonté