2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

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2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #28
Final
January 4, 2015 8:00 pm EST
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, Ont.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
5
4
15
6
16
22
44

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 3
12
2 / 6
6

Game Story

PETAN’S HAT TRICK PACES CANADA PAST SLOVAKIA, INTO GOLD MEDAL GAME

WENDY GRAVES

TORONTO, Ont. – It was raining hats inside the Air Canada Centre on Sunday night as Nic Petan (Delta, B.C./Portland, WHL) scored three times to lead Canada’s National Junior Team over Slovakia 5-1 and into the gold medal game at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Canada will play Russia in Monday’s final (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). It’s Canada first chance at gold since losing to Russia in 2011, and the third straight year the teams will play each other for a medal. Russia has won bronze the past two tournaments.

Curtis Lazar (Vernon, B.C./Ottawa, NHL) and Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Erie, OHL) assisted on all three of Petan’s goals.

Anthony Duclair (Laval, Que./N.Y. Rangers, NHL) and Shea Theodore (Aldergrove, B.C./Seattle, WHL) also scored for Canada.

Zach Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Quebec, QMJHL) made 14 saves in picking up his fourth win of the World Juniors. The Canadian netminder has a 0.50 GAA and .971 save percentage in the tournament.

David Sholtes had the lone goal for Slovakia. Denis Godla made 39 saves in the loss and was given a standing ovation by an appreciative pro-Canadian crowd after the game. Head coach Benoit Groulx introduced the motto ‘Tic-Tac-Tao’ during Team Canada selection camp in December, a phrase meant to loosen players up during a stressful tournament.

Canada showed no nerves in the early going Sunday, and on an early power play played its own game of tic-tac-toe.

Lazar took the puck from McDavid and sent a short pass to Petan, who roofed a shot over Godla’s short-side shoulder from the face-off circle to open the scoring.

After being blown out 8-0 by Canada on Boxing Day, Slovakia held its own through the opening 20 minutes and held on through the first 18 of the second.

Canada’s possession advantage finally paid off at 18:06 when a trailing Petan beat Godla on a one-timer.

The lead was three just 1:26 later. After blocking a shot in the defensive end, Theodore finished a feed from Duclair at the other for his first goal of the tournament.

Soltes converted a two-on-one to cut the deficit down to two with only 3.4 seconds left in the second.

Less than three minutes into the third Duclair restored his team’s three-goal lead by banking his own rebound off Godla’s leg.

Petan’s one-timer from the face-off circle – following three point-blank saves by Godla – capped his hat trick and finished off the scoring 12 minutes into the third.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: David Soltes
Tripping minor (2:00)
03:47
GOAL
Goal: Nic Petan (power play)

Assists: Connor McDavid, Curtis Lazar
04:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Nick Paul
Slashing minor (2:00)
08:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Christian Jaros
Tripping minor (2:00)
18:30
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Samuel Morin
(auto) High-Sticking minor (2:00)
09:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Samuel Petras
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
11:51
GOAL
Goal: Nic Petan

Assists: Connor McDavid, Curtis Lazar
18:06
GOAL
Goal: Shea Theodore

Assists: Anthony Duclair
19:32
GOAL
Goal: David Soltes

Assists: Matej Paulovic
19:57
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Anthony Duclair

Assists: Sam Reinhart, Darnell Nurse
02:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Brayden Point
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
03:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Pavol Skalicky
(auto) minor (2:00)
04:06
PENALTY
Penalty: David Soltes
Slashing minor (2:00)
04:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Christian Jaros
Tripping minor (2:00)
10:15
GOAL
Goal: Nic Petan (power play)

Assists: Connor McDavid, Curtis Lazar
11:59

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Denis Godla SVK 60 44 39 5 0.886
Zachary Fucale CAN 60 15 14 1 0.933

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

4 - 2 W @ SwedenSWE
Jan 5, 2015
5 - 4 W vs. RussiaRUS
Jan 5, 2015
1 - 5 L @ CanadaCAN
Jan 4, 2015
5 - 1 W vs. SlovakiaSVK
Jan 4, 2015
3 - 0 W @ Czech RepublicCZE
Jan 2, 2015
8 - 0 W vs. DenmarkDEN
Jan 2, 2015
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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