2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #15
Final
November 5, 2015 9:00 pm MST
North Peace Arena
Fort St. John, B.C.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
0
3
4
0
2
0
2

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
9
12
11
32
9
14
8
31

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
2 / 6
8
1 / 3
16

Game Story

CANADA WHITE COMES BACK IN THIRD TO BEAT FINNS IN U17 QUARTERS

JASON LA ROSE

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – James Hamblin (Edmonton, Alta./Medicine Hat, WHL) scored twice in the third period to spark Canada White to a come-from-behind 4-2 win over Finland in a Thursday night quarter-final at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The win sends White back to Dawson Creek, where it will meet Sweden in Friday’s semifinals (7 p.m. MT).

Gabe Vilardi (Kingston, Ont./Windsor, OHL) added the game-winning goal with just over seven minutes left, and Owen Tippett (Peterborough, Ont./Mississauga, OHL) also scored for White.

It didn’t take long to get the crowd at North Peace Arena into the game; Tippett picked up a loose puck and wired a wrist shot over the short-side shoulder of Finnish netminder Lassi Lehtinen just 4:05 in.

The Finns responded early in the second period when Kristian Vesalainen blocked an Elijah Roberts (Brampton, Ont./Kitchener, OHL) shot at the Finnish blue-line and took off on a two-on-one, feeding tournament leading scorer Eeli Tolvanen for the tying goal at 3:51.

Vesalainen did the scoring himself to give Finland its first lead 12 minutes into the middle frame, spinning in the slot and slipping a shot past Canadian goaltender Ian Scott on a Finnish power play.

White continued to pepper Lehtinen with shots through the second and third periods, racking up 24 in the final 40 minutes – and 34 overall – but it took a pair of late power plays to turn the tide.

Hamblin brought the Canadians even at 9:25 of the third, redirecting a point shot from Tippett with the man advantage, and Vilardi picked up his own rebound and snuck a backhand past Lehtinen on another power play to put White ahead for good.

The Canadian captain jumped on a turnover in the neutral zone and found the empty net with 1:15 left.

The loss means Finland will stay in Fort St. John and take on the powerhouse United States, which was shocked by Sweden in its quarter-final, in Friday’s fifth-place game (1:30 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Owen Tippett

04:05
PENALTY
Penalty: Jaret Anderson-Dolan
Tripping minor (2:00)
08:50
PENALTY
Penalty: Eemeli Räsänen
(auto) Hooking (2:00)
10:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Evan Bouchard
(auto) Delay of Game minor (2:00)
10:50
PENALTY
Penalty: Aleksi Anttalainen
Tripping minor (2:00)
16:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Austen Keating
Roughing minor (2:00)
19:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Urho Vaakanainen
Roughing minor (2:00)
19:12
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Linus Nyman)
Too Many Men on the Ice minor (2:00)
01:21
GOAL
Goal: Eeli Tolvanen

Assists: Kristian Vesalainen
03:51
PENALTY
Penalty: Greg Meireles
Roughing minor (2:00)
10:19
GOAL
Goal: Kristian Vesalainen (power play)

Assists: Joni Ikonen
11:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Eero Teräväinen
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
13:34
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Eero Teräväinen
(auto) Holding minor (2:00)
07:51
GOAL
Goal: James Hamblin (power play)

Assists: Owen Tippett
09:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Kristian Vesalainen
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
12:42
GOAL
Goal: Gabe Vilardi (power play)

Assists: Greg Meireles, Jaret Anderson-Dolan
12:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Santeri Virtanen
(auto) Goaltender Interference minor (2:00)
13:55
GOAL
Goal: James Hamblin

18:45
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Lassi Lehtinen

18:45

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Ian Scott WHT 60 31 29 2 0.935
Lassi Lehtinen FIN 58 31 28 3 0.903

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

Previous Games

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