Game Report 1609 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship
PLAYED AT: Ralph Engelstad Arena
Date: Apr 19, 2016
GAME NOTES: CANADA EDGES FINNS TO FINISH PERFECT PRELIMS AT U18 WORLDS JASON LA ROSE GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Evan Fitzpatrick (Lower Sackville, N.S./Sherbrooke, QMJHL) was terrific, making 26 saves and leading Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team past Finland 3-1 on Tuesday afternoon in the preliminary round finale for both at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. The win gives Canada first place in Group B with an unblemished 4-0 record in the round robin, and means the Canadians will face either Russia or Switzerland in Thursday’s quarter-finals (time to be confirmed). Pascal Laberge (Ste-Martine, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL), David Quenneville (Edmonton, Alta./Medicine Hat, WHL) and Tyson Jost (Kelowna, B.C./Penticton, BCHL) had the goals for Canada. Facing last year’s silver medallists with 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship MVP Jesse Puljujärvi in the line-up, the Canadians got the quick start they wanted with two first-period goals. Laberge opened the scoring on the power play just past the seven-minute mark of the opening frame, carrying the puck to the top of the face-off circle before going low to beat Finnish netminder Leevi Laakso. Quenneville made it a 2-0 game just over five minutes after that, letting go a slap shot from the point that made its way through traffic and through Laakso. Fitzpatrick took over from there, making his three best saves in the second period – one with the glove, one with the right pad, and one on a shorthanded breakaway – although he got some help from his friends; the Finns hit three posts through the first 40 minutes. Finland held a 12-7 advantage in shots on goal in the third period, and finally got one behind Fitzpatrick when Eetu Tuulola redirected a point shot past the Canadian netminder with 5:16 to go. But Jost iced the win in the final minute, outracing a Finnish defenceman before tapping the puck into an empty net with 36.6 seconds to go. The Canadians continued their strong play at five-on-five; they allowed five goals in four games through the preliminary round, and only two of those came with the teams at even strength.
Visiting Team: Canada
Home Team: Finland
CANADA LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Fitzpatrick, Evan
G29  DiPietro, Michael
G30  Skinner, Stuart
  Hall, Connor
  Fabbro, Dante
  Chychrun, Jakob
  Katchouk, Boris
  Jost, Tyson
  Shaw, Mason
  Laberge, Pascal
 10  Howden, Brett
 11  Malenstyn, Beck
 12  Comtois, Maxime
 14  Bitten, William
 15  Gregor, Noah
 17  Phillips, Markus
 18  Quenneville, David
 20  Stanley, Logan
 21  Tippett, Owen
 22  McLeod, Michael
 23  Morrison, Cameron
 25  Kyrou, Jordan
 26  Hague, Nicolas
CANADA PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st20 2:00 Slashing minor 10:051 10:0511:55
2nd2:00 Slashing minor 11:421 11:4210:18
2nd21 2:00 (auto) Head Contact minor 19:031 19:032:57
2nd21 10:00 (auto) Head Contact misconduct 19:03  19:0310:57
3rd10 2:00 (auto) Cross-Checking minor 11:291 11:2910:31
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
FINLAND LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Luukkonen, Ukko-Pekka
G30  Halonen, Niilo
G31  Laakso, Leevi
  Jääskä, Juha
  Salo, Robin
  Välimäki, Juuso
  Vaakanainen, Urho
 10  Vesalainen, Kristian
 12  Moilanen, Sami
 15  Koppanen, Joona
 18  Kuokkanen, Janne
 19  Tuulola, Eetu
 20  Tolvanen, Eeli
 21  Niemeläinen, Markus
 22  Räsänen, Aapeli
 23  Oksanen, Emil
 24  Somppi, Otto
 25  Mäkinen, Otto
 27  Nurmi , Markus
 28  Jokiharju, Henri
 33  Heiskanen, Miro
   
   
FINLAND PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st24 2:00 (auto) Holding minor 6:401 6:4015:20
2nd22 2:00 Slashing minor 4:551 4:5517:05
3rd10 2:00 Tripping minor 7:161 7:1614:44
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
CANADA Goals CANADA PLAYERS (plus) FINLAND PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st7:16 PP 9-25-8            
1st12:30  18            
3rd19:24  7-22-5            
FINLAND Goals FINLAND PLAYERS (plus) CANADA PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
3rd14:44  19-4-27            
                
                
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
CANADA 1 / 3
FINLAND 0 / 4
PENALTY SUMMARY
CANADA 18 min / 5 inf
FINLAND 6 min / 3 inf
POINT SUMMARY
CANADA 3 G + 4 A = 7 Pts
FINLAND 1 G + 2 A = 3 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
CANADA2013
FINLAND0011
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
CAN - Fitzpatrick (60:00) (W)691126/0:003rd/20:00
FIN - Laakso (59:06) (L)87015/0:003rd/19:06
FIN - Laakso (0:35) (L)0066/19:253rd/20:00
Stars of the Game TIME OF GAME:
  -  Start: 4:30 PM
  -  End: 4:30 PM
  -  Attendance:
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CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


This report has been checked and verified against the Official IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Game Report.