2015-16 National Junior Team

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2016 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #24
Final
January 2, 2016 11:00 am EST
Hartwall Arena
Helsinki, FIN

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
2
1
2
5
1
3
2
6

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
8
14
12
34
9
10
10
29

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
2 / 5
18
2 / 8
12

Game Story

CANADA EDGED BY FINLAND IN WORLD JUNIORS QUARTER-FINAL

DAVID BRIEN

HELSINKI, Finland – Mitch Marner (Thornhill, Ont./London, OHL) scored twice on the power play in the third period, both times to tie the game, but Canada’s National Junior Team fell 6-5 to Finland in a Saturday quarter-final, ending its 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

It’s the first time since 1998, also in Helsinki, that Canada will not play for a medal at the world juniors.

Lawson Crouse (Mt. Brydges, Ont./Kingston, OHL) had a goal and an assist, and Brayden Point (Calgary, Alta./Moose Jaw, WHL) added two helpers, joining Marner as the only multi-point scorers.

The Canadians started fast, taking a 2-0 lead before the game reached the 11-minute mark; Travis Konecny (Clachan, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) got a backhand by Finnish goaltender Veini Vehvilainen at 5:21, and Dylan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Erie, OHL) tucked in a shot to double the lead at 10:59.

Finland cut the lead to 2-1 with 11 seconds left in the period when Patrik Laine hammered a one-timer that trickled through Canadian netminder Mackenzie Blackwood (Thunder Bay, Ont./Barrie, OHL).

Antti Kalapudas brought the Finns even with 6:18 gone in the second period, but Canada retook the lead just 62 seconds later after Jake Virtanen (Abbotsford, B.C./Vancouver, NHL) cut off a Finnish pass before feeding Crouse at the face-off dot.

Crouse’s goal meant the end of the night for Vehvilainen, who was replaced by Kaapo Kahkonen after allowing three goals on just nine Canadian shots.

The Finns struck back with a pair of goals before the end of the middle frame; Aleksi Saarela tied it at 15:44, banking a shot off Blackwood and in, and Julius Nattinen chipped a shot over the Canadian goaltender just 93 seconds after that to give the hosts their first lead.

The goals came fast and furious to start the third, with three in the opening six minutes.

Marner made it 4-4 at 3:14, sneaking his backhand just inside the post on a Canadian power play, but Sebastian Aho tied it 1:07 later, knocking a rebound past Blackwood.

The man advantage worked to Canada’s favour again at 5:57 when Marner picked up a loose puck and snapped a perfect shot over the glove of Kahkonen, but Laine converted on a five-on-three at 14:10 to cap off a thrilling final 20 minutes.

Despite the loss, Canada outshot the Finns 34-29.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Travis Konecny

Assists: John Quenneville, Mitchell Stephens
05:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Thomas Chabot
(auto) Delay of Game minor (2:00)
07:03
GOAL
Goal: Dylan Strome

Assists: Julien Gauthier, Lawson Crouse
10:59
GOAL
Goal: Patrik Laine

Assists: Sebastian Aho, Jesse Puljujarvi
19:49
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Joe Hicketts
(auto) Charging minor (2:00)
01:08
GOAL
Goal: Antti Kalapudas

Assists: Olli Juolevi, Joni Tuulola
06:18
GOAL
Goal: Lawson Crouse

Assists: Jake Virtanen
07:20
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Kaapo Kahkonen

07:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Joni Tuulola
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
10:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Jake Virtanen
(auto) Holding the Stick minor (2:00)
12:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Miro Keskitalo
(auto) Cross-Checking minor (2:00)
12:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Brendan Perlini
Slashing minor (2:00)
14:51
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Aleksi Saarela

Assists: Jesse Puljujarvi
15:44
GOAL
Goal: Julius Nattinen

Assists: Aleksi Saarela, Olli Juolevi
17:17
PENALTY
Penalty: Dylan Strome
(auto) Cross-Checking minor (2:00)
17:40
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Mikko Rantanen
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
01:29
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Mitchell Marner

Assists: Brayden Point, Travis Sanheim
03:14
GOAL
Goal: Sebastian Aho

Assists: Jesse Puljujarvi, Patrik Laine
04:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Vili Saarijarvi
Tripping minor (2:00)
05:24
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Mitchell Marner

Assists: Brayden Point
05:57
PENALTY
Penalty: Patrik Laine
(auto) Boarding minor (2:00)
09:38
PENALTY
Penalty: Jake Virtanen
Slashing minor (2:00)
10:33
PENALTY
Penalty: Jake Virtanen
Tripping minor (2:00)
10:33
PENALTY
Penalty: Joe Hicketts
(auto) Delay of Game minor (2:00)
13:39
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Patrik Laine

Assists: Olli Juolevi, Sebastian Aho
14:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Mitchell Marner
Roughing minor (2:00)
16:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Aleksi Saarela
(auto) Holding minor (2:00)
16:24

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Mackenzie Blackwood CAN 58 29 23 6 0.793
Veini Vehvilainen FIN 27 9 6 3 0.667
Kaapo Kahkonen FIN 32 25 23 2 0.920

Game Leaders

Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 3 - Points 3
G 0 - A 3 - P 3

Previous Games

5 - 6 L @ FinlandFIN
Jan 2, 2016
4 - 3 W @ RussiaRUS
Jan 5, 2016
2 - 5 L vs. SwedenSWE
Dec 31, 2015
2 - 1 W @ SwedenSWE
Jan 4, 2016
3 - 2 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Dec 29, 2015
6 - 5 W vs. CanadaCAN
Jan 2, 2016
Videos
Photos
TELUS: REG 6 – STR 3 (Bronze Medal)
Miller and Woods had three points apiece to lead the Pat Canadians over the Bisons for bronze.
TELUS: TOR - CHA (Gold Medal)
Bonsteel scored twice and Ewing made 35 saves, leading the Young Nationals to their first TELUS Cup title.
TELUS: TOR 3 – REG 1 (Semifinal)
Regan got the winner seven minutes into the third period to send the Young Nationals to the final.
TELUS: CHA 7 – STR 1 (Semifinal)
The Grenadiers scored the game’s final seven goals to beat the Bisons and return to the gold medal game.
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