2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #3
Preliminary
Final
December 26, 2017 4:00 pm EST
Key Bank Center
Buffalo, N.Y.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
12
11
8
31
7
10
15
32

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 6
6
1 / 3
12

Game Story

CANADA DOUBLES UP FINNS IN WJC OPENER

JASON LA ROSE

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Boris Katchouk (Waterloo, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) and Taylor Raddysh (Caledon, Ont./Erie, OHL) paced the offence with a goal and an assist each, sending Canada's National Junior Team to a 4-2 win over Finland in its opener Tuesday at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Canadians scored three times in the first 13 minutes and rode stand-out penalty killing and the strong play of goaltender Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, Alta./Everett, WHL), who finished with 29 saves.

Canada quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead; Katchouk scored first at 5:34, going to the net and tucking a shot around Finnish netminder Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, and Sam Steel (Sherwood Park, Alta./Regina, WHL) buried a Raddysh rebound on the power play just 27 seconds later.

Aleksi Heponiemi got one back for Finland at 12:19, but Drake Batherson (New Minas, N.S./Cape Breton, QMJHL) one-timed a feed from Jonah Gadjovich (Whitby, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL) past Luukkonen only 33 seconds after that to restore the two-goal advantage after 20 minutes.

Finland got within a goal again at 7:31 of the second period when a point shot from Henri Jokiharju deflected off the leg of Gadjovich and bounced past Hart, but that would be it for offence from the Finns, who managed just the single man-advantage goal on six chances.

Raddysh, who scored five goals in seven games at the 2017 World Juniors, got his first of the 2018 tournament at 12:47 of the middle frame, corralling a bouncing puck and beating Luukkonen with a knuckleball from the high slot.

Canada carried the play in the scoreless third period, outshooting Finland 15-8 for a 32-31 edge overall.

The Canadians are right back to action Wednesday night, taking on Slovakia (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT).

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Brett Howden
Hooking (2:00)
03:22
GOAL
Goal: Boris Katchouk

Assists: Robert Thomas
05:34
PENALTY
Penalty: Juuso Välimäki
Slashing (2:00)
05:48
GOAL
Goal: Sam Steel (power play)

Assists: Taylor Raddysh, Jordan Kyrou
06:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Tyler Steenbergen
Slashing (2:00)
07:44
GOAL
Goal: Aleksi Heponiemi

Assists: Juuso Välimäki
12:19
GOAL
Goal: Drake Batherson

Assists: Jonah Gadjovich, Victor Mete
12:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Michael McLeod
Tripping (2:00)
16:16
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Boris Katchouk
Tripping (2:00)
06:09
GOAL
Goal: Henri Jokiharju (power play)

Assists: Eeli Tolvanen, Otto Koivula
07:31
GOAL
Goal: Taylor Raddysh

Assists: Boris Katchouk
12:47
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Taylor Raddysh
Slashing (2:00)
05:09
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Joni Ikonen)
Too Many Players (2:00)
06:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Markus Nurmi
Interference (2:00)
11:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Alex Formenton
Tripping (2:00)
17:39

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen FIN 58 32 28 4 0.875
Carter Hart CAN 60 31 29 2 0.935

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

3 - 4 L @ Czech RepublicCZE
Jan 2, 2018
3 - 1 W v SwedenSWE
Jan 5, 2018
4 - 5 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 31, 2017
7 - 2 W v Czech RepublicCZE
Jan 4, 2018
5 - 2 W v SlovakiaSVK
Dec 30, 2017
8 - 2 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Jan 2, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 OLY: CAN 1 – FIN 0 (Quarter-Final)
Noreau scored early in the third, and Canada booked a semifinal spot.
2018 OLY: CAN 5 – OAR 0 (Semifinal)
Wakefield scored 2G, sending Canada to a sixth-straight Olympic final.
2018 OLY: CAN 4 – KOR 0 (Preliminary)
Four players scored and Poulin had the SO to send Canada to the QFs.
2018 OLY: CZE 3 – CAN 2 SO (Preliminary)
Mason Raymond and René Bourque scored PP goals, but Canada fell to the Czech Republic in extra time.
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