2018-19 National Men's U18 Team

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2019 IIHF U18 World Championship
Game #4
Preliminary
Final
April 18, 2019 1:30 pm EDT
A3 Arena
Umeå, SWE

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
20
10
12
42
12
16
13
41

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 5
12
2 / 5
12

Game Story

CANADA COMES BACK TO BEAT FINNS IN U18 OPENER

JASON LA ROSE

UMEÅ, Sweden – Brayden Tracey (Calgary, Alta./Moose Jaw, WHL) scored twice in the third period to complete the comeback and help Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team to a 5-3 win over Finland in the curtain-raiser for both teams Thursday at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship.

The Canadians trailed 3-0 just 61 seconds into the second period before rattling off five unanswered goals to open with three points against the defending gold medallists.

Tracey tied the game early in the third period on the power play, showing off slick hands in tight to tuck a shot around Finnish goaltender Roope Taponen, and he one-timed home a feed from Connor Zary (Saskatoon, Sask./Kamloops, WHL) with 5:29 left to give the Canadians their first lead at 4-3.

Jamieson Rees (Hamilton, Ont./Sarnia, OHL), Alex Newhook (St. John’s, N.L./Victoria, BCHL) and Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta./Winnipeg, WHL) also scored for Canada, which got 39 saves from netminder Taylor Gauthier (Calgary, Alta./Prince George, WHL).

The Finns were quick to find the scoreboard in the first period, netting a pair of goals before the 12-minute mark.

Aky Räty opened the scoring at 7:27 when his quick shot from the slot hit the skate of Canadian defenceman Michael Vukojevic (Oakville, Ont./Kitchener, OHL) and eluded Gauthier, and Antti Saarela converted on a five-on-three at 11:59 to make it 2-0.

Gauthier was terrific in the opening 20 minutes, making 18 saves to keep his team close.

Anton Lundell stretched the Finnish lead to three at the 1:01 mark of the second period, but that would be the last puck to beat Gauthier.

Rees started the comeback less than four minute later when he raced away on a shorthanded breakaway and beat Taponen on the backhand, and Newhook wired a wrist shot through traffic five minutes after that to make it a one-goal game.

Tracey did the damage in the third period before Krebs found the empty net in the final minute to clinch the win.

Canada has a short turnaround before it is back on the ice at A3 Arena; it takes on Switzerland on Friday (9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT) as Group A play continues in Umeå.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Aku Raty

07:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Connor Zary
Slashing (2:00)
10:11
PENALTY
Penalty: Keean Washkurak
Hooking (2:00)
11:00
GOAL
Goal: Antti Saarela (power play)

Assists: Kasper Simontaival
11:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Leevi Aaltonen
Hooking (2:00)
15:42
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Anton Lundell

Assists: Tuukka Tieksola, Antti Tuomisto
01:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Thomas Harley
Hooking (2:00)
04:41
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Jamieson Rees

04:55
GOAL
Goal: Alex Newhook

Assists: Kaedan Korczak
09:42
PENALTY
Penalty: Ville Heinola
Holding (2:00)
10:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Santeri Hatakka
Roughing (2:00)
14:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Jamieson Rees
Slashing (2:00)
14:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Ville Heinola
Interference (2:00)
16:40
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Connor Zary
Tripping (2:00)
00:28
PENALTY
Penalty: Antti Saarela
Late Hit (2:00)
03:36
GOAL
Goal: Brayden Tracey (power play)

Assists: Peyton Krebs
03:57
PENALTY
Penalty: Jamieson Rees
Tripping (2:00)
09:02
GOAL
Goal: Brayden Tracey

Assists: Connor Zary
14:31
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Aatu Raty)
Too Many Players (2:00)
19:01
GOAL
Goal: Peyton Krebs (power play)

Assists: Dylan Holloway
19:29
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Roope Taponen

19:29

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Roope Taponen FIN 59 40 36 4 0.900
Taylor Gauthier CAN 60 42 39 3 0.929

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

Previous Games

12 - 0 W v SwitzerlandSUI
Apr 23, 2019
6 - 2 W @ Czech Republic CZE
Apr 23, 2019
2 - 4 L v Czech Republic CZE
Apr 21, 2019
11 - 1 W @ BelarusBLR
Apr 21, 2019
3 - 4 L @ BelarusBLR
Apr 19, 2019
7 - 4 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Apr 19, 2019
Videos
Photos
2019 U18WC: CAN 6 – CZE 2 (Preliminary)
Six players scored to help Canada come from behind and top Group A.
2019 U18WC: CAN 11 – BLR 1 (Preliminary)
Cozens had two goals and three assists to help Canada past Belarus.
2019 U18WC: CAN 7 – SUI 4 (Preliminary)
Canada pulled away in the last 22 minutes to survive a Swiss comeback.
2019 U18WC: CAN 5 – FIN 3 (Preliminary)
Tracey scored twice to help Canada come from behind and top Finland.
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