Game Report 2255 IIHF World Junior Championship
PLAYED AT: Rogers Arena
Date: Jan 2, 2019
GAME NOTES: CANADA EDGED IN OT, ELIMINATED IN QUARTER-FINALS AT WJC JASON LA ROSE VANCOUVER, B.C. – Michael DiPietro (Amherstburg, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) was absolutely spectacular in a 32-save performance, but Canada’s National Junior Team saw its run at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship end Wednesday with a 2-1 overtime loss to Finland in the quarter-finals. Ian Mitchell (Calahoo, Alta./University of Denver, NCHC) scored the lone goal for the Canadians, who were less than a minute away from advancing before the Finns banked in the game-tying goal. Finnish goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen went to the bench with time ticking away, and the Finns caught a break when Eeli Tolvanen blindly threw the puck off the skate of Aleksi Heponiemi and under the arm of DiPietro to make it 1-1 with 46.4 seconds to go. “It’s a game of inches,” Mitchell said. “One little bounce or turn of events can put you out of the tournament.” Canada had a pair of glorious chances to win the game in overtime. Evan Bouchard (Oakville, Ont./London, OHL) created the first opportunity when he was hooked on a breakaway, but Maxime Comtois (Longueuil, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) was turned away by Luukkonen on the ensuing penalty shot. Just minutes later, Noah Dobson (Summerside, P.E.I./Acadie-Bathurst, QMJHL) had his stick shatter on a one-timer with a yawning Finnish goal in front of him. The Finns turned the puck back up the ice, and a shot from Toni Utunen deflected off a Canadian stick and over the shoulder of DiPietro for the game-winner. “We played a heck of a hockey game tonight,” said Canadian head coach Tim Hunter. “We are proud of how far [the players] have come, and how much they came together, and how hard they competed. Anybody watching the game would have thought it was one hell of a hockey game.” It’s the second time in four years the Canadians have been knocked out by Finland in the quarter-finals. DiPietro and Luukkonen combined for 18 saves in a scoreless first period, but it took Mitchell just 90 seconds to open the scoring in the second; a loose puck bounced onto the stick of the defenceman, who rifled a wrist shot upstairs past the glove of Luukkonen. That would be it for scoring until the final minute, thanks in large part to DiPietro, a Vancouver Canucks draft pick who had the 17,047 at Rogers Arena chanting his name late in the second period. “It has been a special time here,” he said of playing in Vancouver. “But I came here with gold in mind, and not getting what you wanted is a tough pill to swallow. The toughest part is going to be saying goodbye to the guys; this has been about team, not about me. It was cool to hear, but not the outcome we wanted.” Following the game, DiPietro, Comtois and Cody Glass (Winnipeg, Man./Portland, WHL) were named Canada’s top three players of the tournament, as selected by the coaches.
Visiting Team: Finland
Home Team: Canada
FINLAND LINEUP
PosNo.  Name
G Luukkonen, Ukko-Pekka
G31  Lindberg, Filip
  Laaksonen, Oskari
  Utunen, Toni
  Vaakanainen, Urho
 10  Heponiemi, Aleksi
 12  Vainionpaa, Samuli
 13  Puustinen, Valtteri
 15  Jokiharju, Henri
 18  Engberg, Teemu
 19  Kupari, Rasmus
 20  Tolvanen, Eeli
 21  Latvala, Otto
 22  Virtanen, Santeri
 23  Nyman, Linus
 24  Kakko, Kaapo
 25  Talvitie, Aarne
 27  Ylonen, Jesse
 28  Moilanen, Sami
 29  Lundell, Anton
 34  Heinola, Ville
 36  Honka, Anttoni
FINLAND PENALTIES
Per.No. Min OffenceOffPPPSStartOn
1st21 2:00 High-Sticking 1:551 1:55
1st10 2:00 Closing Hand on Puck 7:491 7:49
2nd20 2:00 Slashing 9:531 9:53
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
CANADA LINEUP
PosNo.  Name
G DiPietro, Michael
G31  Scott, Ian
  Bouchard, Evan
  Brook, Josh
  McIsaac, Jared
  Mitchell, Ian
  Dobson, Noah
  Glass, Cody
  Veleno, Joe
 11  Anderson-Dolan, Jaret
 14  Comtois, Maxime
 15  Bowers, Shane
 16  Entwistle, MacKenzie
 17  Suzuki, Nick
 18  Phillips, Markus
 20  Leason, Brett
 21  Tippett, Owen
 22  Lafrenière, Alexis
 23  Studnicka, Jack
 24  Smith, Ty
 26  Frost, Morgan
 27  Hayton, Barrett
CANADA PENALTIES
Per.No. Min OffenceOffPPPSStartOn
1st2:00 Tripping 11:291 11:29
2nd2:00 Hooking 3:051 3:05
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
FINLAND GoalsFINLAND PLAYERS (plus)CANADA PLAYERS (minus)
Per.Time  G-As1-As2  
3rd19:14 EN 10-20-7            
1st OT5:17 EN 3-25-10            
CANADA GoalsCANADA PLAYERS (plus)FINLAND PLAYERS (minus)
Per.Time  G-As1-As2  
2nd1:30  5-27-26            
                
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
FINLAND0 / 2
CANADA0 / 3
PENALTY SUMMARY
FINLAND6 min / 3 inf
CANADA4 min / 2 inf
POINT SUMMARY
FINLAND2 G + 4 A = 6 Pts
CANADA1 G + 2 A = 3 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 OT1 Total
FINLAND00112
CANADA01001
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 OT1 Tot. On Off
FIN - Luukkonen (57:35) (W)797023/0:003rd/17:35
FIN - Luukkonen (7:09) (W)00022/18:081st OT/5:17
CAN - DiPietro (65:17) (OTL)11127232/0:001st OT/5:17
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This report has been checked and verified against the Official IIHF World Junior Championship Game Report.