2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #6
Final
November 2, 2015 4:30 pm MST
North Peace Arena
Fort St. John, B.C.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
2
2
2
6
0
3
0
3

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
7
12
9
28
9
10
12
31

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 5
26
0 / 6
14

Game Story

FINNS COME ALIVE ON OFFENCE, BEAT RUSSIA FOR FIRST U17 WIN

JASON LA ROSE

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Jesse Koskenkorva and Eeli Tolvanen had two goals apiece, leading Finland past Russia 6-3 on Monday afternoon for its first victory at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

It’s the second year in a row the Finns have beaten the Russians in the preliminary round; they scored a 5-4 shootout win in the round robin in Sarnia, Ont., last November, but came out on the wrong end of a 6-1 score against Russia in the semifinals.

Bernard Isiguzo and Kristian Vesalainen also scored for Finland, which held off comeback attempt after comeback attempt by the Russians, particularly in a back-and-forth second period.

Tolvanen got the scoring started at the 12:24 mark of the first, taking a pass in the slot and snapping a quick shot off the far post and in past Russian netminder Arseni Akhmetov, and Koskenkorva’s first – he batted a rebound out of mid-air – doubled the advantage less than two minutes later.

Trailing by two despite outshooting Finland 9-7 in the first period, the Russians cut the deficit in half just 4:53 into the second period when Yaroslav Alekseev drove the Finnish net and chipped the puck over a sprawling Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen.

Koskenkorva got that back just 77 seconds later, restoring the two-goal lead and chasing Akhmetov, but Vladislav Kazamanov ripped a point shot past Luukkonen only 1:29 after that to make it a 3-2 game.

The goal barrage continued at 9:03 when Tolvanen’s rocket on the power play beat Maxim Zhukov, quickly followed four minute later by a goal from Russian captain Klim Kostin, who brought the defending gold medallists within one again.

In all, the teams combined for five goals in 8:26, and Finland took a narrow 4-3 advantage to the intermission.

The Russians continued to buzz in the third period but could never find the game-tying goal, and Bernard Isiguzo snuck a shot under the arm of Zhukov at 6:14 to provide insurance for the Scandinavians.

Kristian Vesalainen capped the scoring into an empty net in the final minute of play.

Both teams are 1-1 and finish the preliminary round Tuesday at North Peace Arena; the Finns are up first, meeting Sweden in an all-Nordic match-up (2:30 p.m. MT), followed by Russia taking on Canada Red (7 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Miro Heiskanen
Tripping minor (2:00)
00:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Alexey Lipanov
(auto) Cross-Checking minor (2:00)
03:02
PENALTY
Penalty: Aatu Luusuaniemi
(auto) Boarding minor (2:00)
09:16
GOAL
Goal: Eeli Tolvanen

Assists: Kristian Vesalainen, Aatu Luusuaniemi
12:24
GOAL
Goal: Jesse Koskenkorva

Assists: Joni Ikonen, Aleksi Anttalainen
14:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Joni Ikonen
Unsportsmanlike Conduct minor (2:00)
14:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Vladislav Kazamanov
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
14:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Aleksi Anttalainen
(auto) Boarding minor (2:00)
17:14
PENALTY
Penalty: Joni Ikonen (Served by Eemeli Räsänen)
(auto) Checking from Behind minor (2:00)
18:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Joni Ikonen
(auto) Checking from Behind misconduct (10:00)
18:12
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Yaroslav Alekseev

Assists: Andrei Svechnikov
04:53
GOAL
Goal: Jesse Koskenkorva

Assists: Aatu Luusuaniemi, Aleksi Anttalainen
06:10
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Maxim Zhukov

06:10
GOAL
Goal: Vladislav Kazamanov

Assists: Klim Kostin
07:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Yaroslav Alekseev
Tripping minor (2:00)
08:27
GOAL
Goal: Eeli Tolvanen (power play)

Assists: Miro Heiskanen
09:03
GOAL
Goal: Klim Kostin

Assists: Ivan Chekhovich
13:26
PENALTY
Penalty: Yaroslav Alekseev
Roughing minor (2:00)
14:28
PENALTY
Penalty: Aleksi Anttalainen
Roughing minor (2:00)
18:44
PENALTY
Penalty: Klim Kostin
Roughing minor (2:00)
18:44
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Yaroslav Alekseev
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
01:42
GOAL
Goal: Bernard Isiguzo

Assists: Joni Ikonen
06:16
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Nuutti Viitasalo)
Too Many Men on the Ice minor (2:00)
08:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Dmitri Samorukov
Slashing minor (2:00)
11:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Aleksi Anttalainen
(auto) Cross-Checking minor (2:00)
17:00
GOAL
Goal: Aarne Talvitie

Assists: Miro Heiskanen
19:37
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Maxim Zhukov

19:37

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen FIN 60 31 28 3 0.903
Arseni Akhmetov RUS 26 12 9 3 0.750
Maxim Zhukov RUS 31 15 13 2 0.867

Game Leaders

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

5 - 4 W @ United StatesUSA
Nov 6, 2015
2 - 6 L vs. Canada WhiteWHT
Nov 7, 2015
2 - 4 L vs. Canada WhiteWHT
Nov 5, 2015
3 - 2 W @ Canada RedRED
Nov 6, 2015
6 - 3 W vs. SwedenSWE
Nov 3, 2015
6 - 1 W @ Czech RepublicCZE
Nov 5, 2015
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