Game Report 2674 IIHF World Junior Championship
PLAYED AT: Ostravar Arena
Date: Jan 4, 2020
GAME NOTES: CANADA BLANKS FINLAND, WILL FACE RUSSIA FOR WJC GOLD JASON LA ROSE OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Joel Hofer (Winnipeg, Man./Portland, WHL) was spectacular in a 32-save shutout, Alexis Lafrenière (Saint-Eustache, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL) scored twice and Canada’s National Junior Team took charge early in a 5-0 semifinal win over Finland on Saturday at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. The Canadians will face Russia on Sunday (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT), one win from their 18th World Juniors gold. Connor McMichael (Ajax, Ont./London, OHL), Lafrenière and Jamie Drysdale (Toronto, Ont./Erie, OHL) struck in a span of 2:07 very early in the first period, giving Canada all the offence it would need before the game was four minutes old. McMichael finished with a goal and an assist, while Aidan Dudas (Parry Sound, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL) and Barrett Hayton (Peterborough, Ont./Arizona, NHL) chipped in with two helpers apiece. It took just 1:48 for McMichael to open the scoring; his quick shot deflected off a Finnish stick and beat goaltender Justus Annunen over the glove after good work from Dudas down low. Lafrenière doubled the advantage at 3:05, taking a short pass from Nolan Foote (Kelowna, B.C./Kelowna, WHL) and going upstairs on the backhand, and Drysdale walked in off the blue-line and went blocker side on Annunen only 50 seconds after that. Ty Dellandrea (Port Perry, Ont./Flint, OHL) added one more before the end of the opening frame, swatting in a loose puck after Dudas had poked it away from Annunen. Despite the huge advantage on the scoreboard, Hofer was arguably the best Canadian early; he made 16 saves in the first period, including a huge right-pad stop on Joonas Oden on a late power play. Lafrenière added his second goal of the game and fourth of the tournament on the power play late in the second period, lasering a wrist shot past Annunen on the short side. Canada guided the win home in a scoreless third period, allowing just seven shots on goal. Hofer became the first Canadian goaltender to post a shutout in the semifinals or later since Justin Pogge kept the Finns and Russians goalless in the semifinals and gold medal game in 2006. Following the game, Hayton, Lafrenière and Liam Foudy (Scarborough, Ont./London, OHL) were named Canada’s top three players of the tournament, as selected by the coaches. The IIHF World Junior Championship returns to Canadian ice next year when Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., host the 2021 World Juniors. Fans have until 11:59 p.m. MT on Jan. 5 to sign up for the Priority Draw for their chance to purchase tickets in both cities. Visit HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets for more information.
Visiting Team: Finland
Home Team: Canada
Head Coach: Dale Hunter
Assistant Coach: Alan Letang
Assistant Coach: Mitch Love
Assistant Coach: André Tourigny
FINLAND LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G30  Annunen, Justus
G31  Patrikainen, Jasper
  Hatakka, Santeri
  Honka, Anttoni
  Heinola, Ville
  Kokkonen, Mikko
  Seppala, Peetro
  Utunen, Toni
 12  Erholtz, Eemil
 15  Killinen, Lenni
 18  Oden, Joonas
 20  Maccelli, Matias
 21  Puistola, Patrik
 23  Petman, Ville
 24  Ranta, Sampo
 25  Saarela, Antti
 27  Tanus, Kristian
 29  Nousiainen, Kim
 33  Thomson, Lassi
 34  Raty, Aatu
 35  Räty, Aku
   
FINLAND PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st24 10:00 Game Misconduct 10:26  10:260:26
2nd2:00 Holding 16:491 16:4917:53
3rd2:00 Interference 16:451 16:4518:45
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
CANADA LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Daws, Nico
G30  Hofer, Joel
  Bahl, Kevin
  Addison, Calen
  Byram, Bowen
  Bernard-Docker, Jacob
  Drysdale, Jamie
  Foudy, Liam
  Veleno, Joe
 10  Lavoie, Raphael
 11  Lafreniere, Alexis
 14  McIsaac, Jared
 16  Thomas, Akil
 17  McMichael, Connor
 18  Dellandrea, Ty
 19  Byfield, Quinton
 20  Mercer, Dawson
 22  Cozens, Dylan
 24  Smith, Ty
 25  Dudas, Aidan
 27  Hayton, Barrett
 29  Foote, Nolan
CANADA PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st18 2:00 Tripping 18:411 18:410:41
3rd27 2:00 High-Sticking 0:491 0:492:49
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
FINLAND Goals FINLAND PLAYERS (plus) CANADA PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
                
                
                
                
                
CANADA Goals CANADA PLAYERS (plus) FINLAND PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st1:48  17-25            
1st3:05  11-29-27            
1st3:55  6-10-19            
1st14:49  18-25-17            
2nd17:53 PP 11-3-27            
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
FINLAND 0 / 2
CANADA 1 / 2
PENALTY SUMMARY
FINLAND 14 min / 3 inf
CANADA 4 min / 2 inf
POINT SUMMARY
FINLAND 0 G + A = 0 Pts
CANADA 5 G + 9 A = 14 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
FINLAND0000
CANADA4105
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
FIN - Annunen (60:00) (L)11111234/0:003rd/20:00
CAN - Hofer (60:00) (W)169732/0:003rd/20:00
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OFFICIALS
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CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


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