2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #20
Semifinal
Final
November 9, 2018 7:00 pm AST
Harbour Station
Saint John, N.B.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
10
15
11
36
11
4
16
31

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 4
8
0 / 3
10

Game Story

FINNS SCORE FIVE UNANSWERED, BEAT RED IN U17 SEMIFINALS

JASON LA ROSE

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Veeti Korkalainen tipped in the game-winning goal in the final minute of the second period, and Finland scored the final five goals to down Canada Red 5-2 on Friday and advance to the gold medal game at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The Finns, who will face Russia for gold on Saturday night (7:30 p.m. AT, TSN), are into the final for the first time since they lost to Ontario in 1995. (Coincidentally, that was the only other year the tournament was hosted in New Brunswick.)

Kasper Puutio was the lone Finnish skater to record multiple points, earning a pair of assists, while Joel Blomqvist finished with 29 saves to record the win between the pipes.

The Canadian penalty kill was responsible for the opening goal; Matthew Maggio (Tecumseh, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) found Kyle McDonald (Ottawa, Ont./Windsor, OHL) alone in front, and he went back against Blomqvist’s momentum for a shorthanded goal and a 1-0 lead.

Evan Vierling (Aurora, Ont./Flint, OHL) pushed the lead to two less than five minutes into the second period when his rebound bounced off a Finnish skate in front and squeezed through Blomqvist, but that would be it for offence from Red.

Luka Nyman got the comeback started just over three minutes after the Vierling goal, blocking a shot at his own blue-line and racing the other way before going up and over the blocker of Canadian netminder Will Cranley (Peterborough, Ont./Ottawa, OHL), and Valtteri Kamaranta finished a pretty set-up from Topi Niemelä at 16:06 to tie the game.

Korkalainen sent the Finns to the dressing room with their first lead, getting his stick on a shot from Puutio with just 46 seconds left in the middle frame.

After managing just four shots on goal in the second period Red ramped up the offence in the third, directing 16 shots at Blomqvist, but none could beat the Finnish puck-stopper.

Iivari Säkkinen added insurance five minutes into the final stanza, roofing a shot over Cranley from in tight, and Aatu Räty potted a last-minute empty-net goal to provide the final margin of victory.

Red will have to bounce back quickly if it hopes to leave the Maritimes with a medal; it takes on Sweden in the bronze medal game Saturday afternoon (2:30 p.m. AT, TSN).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Nolan Seed
Tripping (2:00)
09:52
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Josh Barnes)
Too Many Players (2:00)
14:28
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Kyle McDonald

Assists: Matthew Maggio, William Villeneuve
16:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Roni Hirvonen
Slashing (2:00)
17:32
PENALTY
Penalty: Matthew Maggio
Interference (2:00)
19:19
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jack Thompson
Delay of Game (2:00)
02:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Roni Hirvonen
Hooking (2:00)
03:49
GOAL
Goal: Evan Vierling

Assists: Justin Sourdif, William Villeneuve
04:25
GOAL
Goal: Luka Nyman

07:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Jesse Seppälä
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
15:38
PENALTY
Penalty: Jake Murray
Hooking (2:00)
15:38
GOAL
Goal: Valtteri Karnaranta

Assists: Topi Niemelä
16:06
GOAL
Goal: Veeti Korkalainen

Assists: Kasper Puutio
19:14
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Iivari Säkkinen

Assists: Veikka Hahl
05:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Valtteri Karnaranta
Interference (2:00)
13:39
GOAL (EN)
Goal: Aatu Räty

Assists: Kasper Puutio
18:24
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Will Cranley

18:24

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Joel Blomqvist FIN 60 31 29 2 0.935
Will Cranley CAN-R 58 35 31 4 0.886

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

1 - 2 L @ RussiaRUS
Nov 10, 2018
3 - 4 L vs. SwedenSWE
Nov 10, 2018
5 - 2 W @ Canada RedCAN-R
Nov 9, 2018
2 - 5 L vs. FinlandFIN
Nov 9, 2018
4 - 3 W @ Canada WhiteCAN-W
Nov 8, 2018
2 - 1 W vs. United StatesUSA
Nov 8, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 U17: SWE 4 – CAN-R 3 SO (Bronze Medal)
Raymond scored the lone goal in the shootout to give Sweden bronze.
2018 U17: RUS 2 – FIN 1 (Gold Medal)
Gushchin and Kokhanin scored to give the Russians a fourth U17 gold.
2018 U17: RUS 6 – SWE 4 (Semifinal)
Ponomaryov had 2G 2A to help the Russians reach the gold medal game.
2018 U17: CZE 2 – USA 1 (7th Place)
Mysak had a goal and an assist to lead the Czechs to seventh place.