2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

West 4 - Finland 6


DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – Miro Mäkinen, Kasperi Kapanen and Waltteri Hopponen scored in the final 11 minutes as Finland earned its first victory of the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge on Monday night, beating West 6-4.

The Finns trailed 4-3 after Vukie Mpofu (Saskatoon, Sask./Saskatoon, SMAAAHL) scored on a West power play at 5:57 of the third period, but Mäkinen tied the game at 9:04 and Kapanen gave them the lead for good on the man advantage at 12:35.

Hopponen rounded out the scoring in the final minute.

Sami Niku, Eetu Sopanen and Teemu Lämsä had the other goals for the Finns, who beat a Canadian opponent for the first time since a 5-3 win over Ontario in their opener at the 2010 tournament in Timmins, Ont.

Kolten Olynek (Saskatoon, Sask./Saskatoon, SMAAAHL) scored twice to pace the offence for West, which has dropped nine straight at the under-17 tournament; its last win was a 4-1 triumph over Slovakia in Winnipeg, Man., in 2011.

Adam Brooks (Winnipeg, Man./Regina, WHL) also scored for the Canadian side, which got two assists each from Ryan Pilon (Duck Lake, Sask./Lethbridge, WHL) and Jordan Thomson (Wawanesa, Man./Kamloops, WHL).

Olynek and Mpofu scored early in the third period to turn a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead before the Finns mounted a comeback of their own.

Kaapo Kähkönen made 33 saves to earn the victory in the Finnish goal, while Rylan Parenteau (Saskatoon, Sask./Saskatoon, SMAAAHL) turned aside 25 shots in a losing cause.

The Finns go for back-to-back victories Monday night when they face Pacific in Victoriaville (7:30 p.m. ET), while West is off Monday before closing out the preliminary round Tuesday night at the Colisée against Pacific (7:30 p.m. ET).

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 11
Round/Ronde Preliminary
Arena/Aréna Centre Marcel Dionne Location/Lieu Drummondville, Que.
Date Mon. Dec. 31, 2012
Time/Heure 07:30 PM ET


Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Final
1 1 2 4
FIN 0 3 3 6


Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période
Goals/Buts :
18:47 WST 22 Kolten Olynek (17 Austin Glover, 4 Ryan Pilon)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
03:30 FIN 6 Miro Keskitalo (Boarding)

Second Period/Deuxieme Période
Goals/Buts :
00:16 FIN 2 Sami Niku
09:19 FIN 7 Eetu Sopanen (19 Joel Kiviranta, 11 Jaakko Hälli)
18:10 WST 10 Adam Brooks (6 Jordan Thomson)
19:55 FIN 20 Teemu Lämsä (28 Juho Lammikko, 26 Mikko Rantanen) PP

Penalties/Pénaltés :
01:32 WST 16 Josh Uhrich (Game Misconduct)
01:32 WST 16 Josh Uhrich (Checking from Behind)
03:07 FIN (Too Many Men)
06:48 FIN 2 Sami Niku (Roughing After Whistle)
19:32 WST (Too Many Men)

Third Period/Troisième Période
Goals/Buts :
01:17 WST 22 Kolten Olynek (14 Rourke Chartier)
05:57 WST 20 Vukie Mpofu (4 Ryan Pilon, 6 Jordan Thomson) PP
09:04 FIN 15 Miro Mäkinen (26 Mikko Rantanen)
12:35 FIN 24 Kasperi Kapanen (2 Sami Niku) PP
19:07 FIN 12 Waltteri Hopponen EN

Penalties/Pénaltés :
04:17 FIN 26 Mikko Rantanen (Throwing Stick)
05:14 FIN 3 Jere Huuhka (High Sticking)
10:35 WST 3 Reid Zalitach (Holding)
11:25 WST 21 Miles Warkentine (Tripping)
15:21 FIN 4 Joni Tuulola (Interference)
19:16 FIN 26 Mikko Rantanen (Gross Misconduct)


Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but
1 Rylan Parenteau On 1/00:00 Off 3/18:53
1 Rylan Parenteau On 3/19:08  Off 3/20:00
FIN 30 Mason McDonald On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00


Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 Total
7 22 37
FIN 7 13 11 31


Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match
FIN 12 Waltteri Hopponen
WST 8 Jayce Hawryluk