2018-19 National Men's Team

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2019 IIHF World Championship
Game #1
Preliminary
Final
May 10, 2019 10:15 am EDT
Steel Arena
Kosice, SVK

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
6
9
6
21
11
3
13
27

Statistics

PP
PIM
1 / 1
4
1 / 2
2

Game Story

CANADA EDGED BY FINLAND IN WORLDS OPENER

QUINTON AMUNDSON

KOŠICE, Slovakia – Matt Murray (Thunder Bay, Ont./Pittsburgh, NHL) was solid in net with 24 saves and Jonathan Marchessault (Cap-Rouge, Que./Vegas, NHL) struck on the power play, but Canada’s National Men’s Team was downed 3-1 by Finland on Friday in the opening game at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

Mark Stone (Winnipeg, Man./Vegas, NHL) and Shea Theodore (Langley, B.C./Vegas, NHL) chipped in assists on Marchessault’s marker.

The two nations traded attacking momentum throughout an opening 20 minutes that saw Finland rack up an 11-6 shots advantage over Canada.

The Finns opened the scoring at the 6:47 mark when Kappo Kakko went to the backhand on the breakaway to beat Murray, but Marchessault responded on the power play at 8:03 by sniping a wrist shot off a perfect cross-ice feed from Stone.

Canada seized the territorial edge in the second period as its active forecheck kept Finland hemmed in the defensive zone for multiple extended sequences. Finland’s cycle attack came alive again in the dying minutes of the frame, but a couple of solid saves from Murray kept the game squared at the end of 40 minutes.

Arttu Ilomaki and Toni Rajala teamed up for a power-play goal at 2:36 of the third period by taking advantage of a bouncing puck in front of Murray’s crease. The Canadian goaltender made a great reaction save on Rajala at the side of the net, but he could not deny Ilomaki on the rebound from the slot.

Canada pressed ferociously for the equalizer, and came close to tying the game as Anthony Mantha (Longueuil, Que./Detroit, NHL) was robbed by the pad of Kevin Lankinen on a one-on-one chance on the doorstep with time running out.

Kakko confirmed the win for Finland with his empty-netter with 34 seconds remaining.

Canada will attempt to bounce back on Sunday against Great Britain (2:15 p.m. ET/11:15 a.m. PT).

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Kaapo Kakko

Assists: Toni Rajala, Arttu Ilomaki
06:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Henri Jokiharju
High-Sticking (2:00)
07:02
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Jonathan Marchessault

Assists: Mark Stone, Shea Theodore
08:03
2nd Period
No Scoring
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Damon Severson
Cross-Checking (2:00)
02:29
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Arttu Ilomaki

Assists: Toni Rajala, Mikko Lehtonen
02:36
PENALTY
Penalty: Darnell Nurse
Tripping (2:00)
15:08
GOAL (EMPTY NET)
Goal: Kaapo Kakko

19:26
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Matt Murray

19:26

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Matt Murray CAN 58 26 24 2 0.923
Kevin Lankinen FIN 60 21 20 1 0.952

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

Previous Games

1 - 3 L v FinlandFIN
May 26, 2019
3 - 1 W @ CanadaCAN
May 26, 2019
5 - 1 W v Czech Republic CZE
May 25, 2019
1 - 0 W @ RussiaRUS
May 25, 2019
3 - 2 W v SwitzerlandSUI
May 23, 2019
5 - 4 W v SwedenSWE
May 23, 2019
Videos
Photos
2019 NPT Camp: WHT 5 – JPN 0 (Game 5)
Dunn lit the lamp three times to net White a victory over Japan.
2019 NPT Camp: RED 5 – JPN 0 (Game 4)
Sorley and Culmone netted two goals apiece to lead Red to the victory.
2019 NPT Camp: RED 1 – WHT 0 (Game 3)
Culmone scored and Larocque made 14 saves to help Red blank White.
2019 NPT Camp: WHT 15 – JPN 0 (Game 2)
McGregor drove his team to the win column with a six-point outing.