2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Presented By newlogo
2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #1
Prelim
Final
October 30, 2016 12:00 pm EST
Essar Centre
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
8
10
24
7
6
5
18

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 5
8
1 / 4
10

Game Story

NEVASAARI SCORES TWICE, LEADS FINLAND PAST CANADA RED

LEE BOYADJIAN

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – A two-goal performance by Arttu Nevasaari provided the boost Finland needed to beat Canada Red 3-2 in the opening game of the preliminary round Sunday at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Following a slow start to the game, with no scoring in the first period and shots 7-6 in favour of Finland, Nevasaari capitalized 2:32 into the middle frame, with just one second remaining in a Canadian penalty.

The Finnish forward picked up the puck at the half boards and walked into the slot, beating Canada Red goaltender Kevin Mandolese (Blainville, Que./Cape Breton, QMJHL) through a screen.

But Finland couldn’t carry momentum through the rest of the period. Canada Red held the Finns in their own zone for minutes at a time, but the defence and goaltender Justus Annunen held their ground and turned away the Canadian offence, maintaining the 1-0 lead.

But that advantage wouldn’t last long once the third period started, as Canada Red found its way onto the scoreboard thanks to Riley Stotts (Winnipeg, Man./Swift Current, WHL), who picked up the loose puck and curled into the slot before firing a shot past Annunen to even the game.

The Finns answered on the next shift; Lenni Killinen flew into the Canadian zone and dropped to Nevasaari, who beat Mandolese low to the blocker side for his second of the game, just 57 seconds after the Stotts goal.

A lttle over six minutes later, Niklas Nordgren threw the puck on net from a sharp angle, sneaking a shot through Mandolese and doubling the Finnish lead to 3-1.

Ryan Merkley (Mississauga, Ont./Guelph, OHL) tried to start the Canadian comeback with less than five minutes to go, rushing end-to-end and snapping a shot past Annunen on the power play, but despite sustained pressure and an extra attacker, Red could not find the equalizer.

The Canadians finished with a 24-18 advantage in shots on goal.

Finland will move to the John Rhodes Community Centre for its second preliminary-round game Monday, taking on Russia (6 p.m. ET), while Canada Red will look to bounce back against Sweden in the night-cap (7:30 p.m. ET).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Lenni Killinen
Interference (2:00)
09:33
PENALTY
Penalty: Santeri Salmela
Holding (2:00)
14:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Shawn Element
Delay of Game (2:00)
17:11
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Kevin Bahl
Holding (2:00)
00:33
GOAL
Goal: Arttu Nevasaari (power play)

Assists: Rasmus Kupari, Samuel Salonen
02:32
PENALTY
Penalty: Miska Kukkonen
Interference (2:00)
08:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Cameron Hillis
Hooking (2:00)
15:14
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Xavier Bernard
Interference (2:00)
01:56
GOAL
Goal: Riley Stotts

Assists: Benoît-Olivier Groulx
05:07
GOAL
Goal: Arttu Nevasaari

Assists: Lenni Killinen, Miska Kukkonen
06:04
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Iivari Räsänen)
Too Many Players (2:00)
09:01
GOAL
Goal: Niklas Nordgren

Assists: Konsta Hirvonen
12:42
PENALTY
Penalty: Miska Kukkonen
Cross-Checking (2:00)
15:04
GOAL
Goal: Ryan Merkley (power play)

15:49
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Kevin Mandolese

18:43

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Kevin Mandolese CAN-R 58 18 15 3 0.833
Justus Annunen FIN 60 24 22 2 0.917

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

2 - 3 L vs. United StatesUSA
Nov 4, 2016
2 - 1 W @ Czech RepublicCZE
Nov 4, 2016
2 - 3 L vs. Canada WhiteCAN-W
Nov 3, 2016
1 - 3 L @ Canada BlackCAN-B
Nov 3, 2016
1 - 0 W vs. RussiaRUS
Nov 1, 2016
2 - 4 L vs. SwedenSWE
Nov 1, 2016
Videos
Photos
2014 WJAC: USA 3 – DEN 2 (OT) (Gold)
Bergh tied it with 1:43 left and Novak scored the winner on an OT power play to give the Americans another WJAC gold.
2014 WJAC: RUS 2 – CAN-E 0 (Bronze)
Samsonov set a WJAC record with a 46-save shutout, Kaprizov and Guryanov scored, and the Russians won bronze.
2014 WJAC: SUI 3 – CAN-W 2 (Fifth Place)
Forrer and Kessler scored the GTG and GWG 50 seconds apart in the third period, leading the Swiss to fifth place.
2014 WJAC: DEN 5 – RUS 1 (Semifinal)
Bjorkstrand scored twice, Aagaard and Ehlers had two assists, and the Danes advanced to the gold medal game.
Close
Credit