2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #4
Final
November 1, 2015 9:00 pm MST
North Peace Arena
Fort St. John, B.C.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
9
10
7
26
8
7
17
32

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 3
10
0 / 4
8

Game Story

DIPIETRO STANDS TALL, CANADA RED OPENS U17S WITH WIN OVER FINNS

JASON LA ROSE

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Michael DiPietro (Amherstburg, Ont./Windsor, OHL) was the star of the show Sunday night, turning aside 30 shots to lead Canada Red to a 3-1 win over Finland in the first game for both at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The goaltender made half of his stops in the third period, when the Finns pushed hard offensively to cut into what was a 2-0 Canadian lead after 40 minutes, but couldn’t get more than one puck past DiPietro.

Shawn Boudrias (Terrebonne, Que./Charlottetown, QMJHL) scored the game-winner in the last minute of the second period, and joined MacKenzie Entwistle (Georgetown, Ont./Hamilton, OHL) and Antoine Morand (Mercier, Que./Acadie-Bathurst, QMJHL) as Red goal-scorers.

Both teams had chances in a scoreless first period – in which Red held a narrow 9-8 advantage in shots on goal – but it took until the early minutes of the second for the Canadians to break through.

Hard work behind the net by Boudrias and Maxime Comtois (Ste-Martine, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL) got the puck into the slot and onto the stick of Entwistle, who wired a wrist shot past Finnish netminder Lassi Lehtinen just shy of the six-minute mark.

Red continued to push to extend its lead, and was rewarded in the dying second of the middle frame when Boudrias snuck a shot from in close through the five-hole from Lehtinen for a 2-0 lead after two periods.

But Finland refused to go down without a fight, outshooting Red 16-7 in the third period.

Eeli Tolvanen finally got a shot past DiPietro at 13:46, jumping on a turnover deep in the Canadian zone and snapping a quick shot over the glove of the Canadian goaltender to cut the Red lead to 2-1.

It took just 1:52, though, for Red to strike right back; Jordan Bellerive (North Vancouver, B.C./Lethbridge, WHL) wrapped the puck around and it fell onto the stick of Morand, who jammed in the insurance marker.

Finland finished with a 31-26 advantage in shots on goal.

Canada Red goes for a 2-0 start on Monday night when it faces Sweden (7 p.m. MT), while Finland is on the ice for the matinee at North Peace Arena, meeting Russia (2:30 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Nuutti Viitasalo
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
09:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Walter Flower
(auto) Holding minor (2:00)
14:43
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Nuutti Viitasalo
(auto) Cross-Checking minor (2:00)
03:27
GOAL
Goal: MacKenzie Entwistle

Assists: Maxime Comtois, Shawn Boudrias
05:56
GOAL
Goal: Shawn Boudrias

19:24
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Isaac Ratcliffe)
Too Many Men on the Ice minor (2:00)
06:24
GOAL
Goal: Eeli Tolvanen

13:46
GOAL
Goal: Antoine Morand

Assists: Jordan Bellerive, Joël Teasdale
15:38
PENALTY
Penalty: Jonathan Smart
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
15:42
PENALTY
Penalty: Maxime Comtois
Roughing minor (2:00)
17:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Kristian Vesalainen
Roughing minor (2:00)
17:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Aleksi Anttalainen
(auto) Holding minor (2:00)
19:04
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Lassi Lehtinen

19:04
PENALTY
Penalty: Zach Gallant
(auto) Holding minor (2:00)
19:36

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Michael DiPietro RED 60 32 31 1 0.969
Lassi Lehtinen FIN 57 26 23 3 0.885

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

0 - 3 L vs. SwedenSWE
Nov 7, 2015
5 - 4 W @ United StatesUSA
Nov 6, 2015
2 - 3 L vs. RussiaRUS
Nov 6, 2015
2 - 4 L vs. Canada WhiteWHT
Nov 5, 2015
3 - 2 W vs. Canada BlackBLK
Nov 5, 2015
6 - 3 W vs. SwedenSWE
Nov 3, 2015
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