2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #14
Final
November 6, 2014 3:00 pm EST
RBC Centre
Sarnia, Ont.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
1
0
1
2
2
1
5

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
9
1
16
12
11
8
31

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 4
10
1 / 4
8

Game Story

VESALAINEN SCORES HAT TRICK, FINNS INTO U17 SEMIS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1995

JASON LA ROSE

SARNIA, Ont. – Kristian Vesalainen led the way with a hat trick, and Finland advanced to the semifinals at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 5-1 quarter-final win over Slovakia on Thursday afternoon.

It’s the first time the Finns will be among the final four at a full tournament since 1995, when they won a silver medal. Finland won bronze in 1998, the year two half-field under-17 events were held.

Joona Koppanen and Tarmo Reunanen had the other goals, while Otto Somppi added two assists for the Finns, who will face the winner of Thursday night’s Canada Red-Russia quarter-final in Friday’s semifinals.

Samuel Solensky was the lone goal scorer for Slovakia, which will finish its tournament in Friday’s seventh-place game in Lambton Shores, Ont. (3 p.m. ET).

Vesalainen got the scoring started just past the eight-minute mark of the first period, swinging out from behind the Slovak net and jamming the puck past netminder David Hrenak, and added a second 10 minutes later, knocking in a loose puck in front for a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Koppanen made it a three-goal game at 7:56 of the second, tapping in a pass from Juha Jääskä after Jääskä did the hard work behind the net.

Solensky converted a Slovak power play at 13:43, sneaking a slap shot under the arm of Finnish goaltender Leevi Laakso for his team’s second goal of the tournament, but Vesalainen finished his hat trick just 17 seconds later, wiring a wrist shot just under the cross bar to the short side of Hrenak.

Reunanen closed off the scoring three minutes into the third with the Finns holding the man advantage.

Both teams finished 1-for-4 with the power play, and Finland held a wide advantage in shots on goal, 31-15.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Kristian Vesalainen

Assists: Oliver Felixson
08:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Samuel Solensky
Tripping minor (2:00)
11:54
PENALTY
Penalty: Martin Bodak
Roughing minor (2:00)
16:52
GOAL
Goal: Kristian Vesalainen

Assists: Otto Somppi, Aapeli Räsänen
18:56
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Tomas Hedera
(auto) Boarding minor (2:00)
01:05
GOAL
Goal: Joona Koppanen

Assists: Juha Jääskä
07:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Otto Mäkinen
(auto) Holding minor (2:00)
12:37
GOAL
Goal: Samuel Solensky (power play)

Assists: Martin Bodak
13:43
GOAL
Goal: Kristian Vesalainen

Assists: Otto Somppi
14:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Otto Somppi
Roughing minor (2:00)
16:56
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Martin Krempasky
(auto) Holding the Stick minor (2:00)
01:24
GOAL
Goal: Tarmo Reunanen (power play)

Assists: Janne Kuokkanen
03:04
PENALTY
Penalty: Emil Oksanen
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
06:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Tarmo Reunanen
(auto) Holding minor (2:00)
10:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Vojtech Zelenak
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
11:50

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
David Hrenak SVK 60 31 26 5 0.839
Leevi Laakso FIN 60 16 15 1 0.938

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 3 - Assists 0 - Points 3
G 3 - A 0 - P 3
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

2 - 3 L @ Canada BlackBLK
Nov 7, 2014
1 - 3 L vs. SwedenSWE
Nov 8, 2014
1 - 5 L @ FinlandFIN
Nov 6, 2014
1 - 6 L vs. RussiaRUS
Nov 7, 2014
0 - 7 L vs. SwedenSWE
Nov 4, 2014
5 - 1 W vs. SlovakiaSVK
Nov 6, 2014
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