Game Report 37 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
PLAYED AT: Essar Centre
Date: Oct 30, 2016
GAME NOTES: NEVASAARI SCORES TWICE, LEADS FINLAND PAST CANADA RED LEE BOYADJIAN SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – A two-goal performance by Arttu Nevasaari provided the boost Finland needed to beat Canada Red 3-2 in the opening game of the preliminary round Sunday at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Following a slow start to the game, with no scoring in the first period and shots 7-6 in favour of Finland, Nevasaari capitalized 2:32 into the middle frame, with just one second remaining in a Canadian penalty. The Finnish forward picked up the puck at the half boards and walked into the slot, beating Canada Red goaltender Kevin Mandolese (Blainville, Que./Cape Breton, QMJHL) through a screen. But Finland couldn’t carry momentum through the rest of the period. Canada Red held the Finns in their own zone for minutes at a time, but the defence and goaltender Justus Annunen held their ground and turned away the Canadian offence, maintaining the 1-0 lead. But that advantage wouldn’t last long once the third period started, as Canada Red found its way onto the scoreboard thanks to Riley Stotts (Winnipeg, Man./Swift Current, WHL), who picked up the loose puck and curled into the slot before firing a shot past Annunen to even the game. The Finns answered on the next shift; Lenni Killinen flew into the Canadian zone and dropped to Nevasaari, who beat Mandolese low to the blocker side for his second of the game, just 57 seconds after the Stotts goal. A lttle over six minutes later, Niklas Nordgren threw the puck on net from a sharp angle, sneaking a shot through Mandolese and doubling the Finnish lead to 3-1. Ryan Merkley (Mississauga, Ont./Guelph, OHL) tried to start the Canadian comeback with less than five minutes to go, rushing end-to-end and snapping a shot past Annunen on the power play, but despite sustained pressure and an extra attacker, Red could not find the equalizer. The Canadians finished with a 24-18 advantage in shots on goal. Finland will move to the John Rhodes Community Centre for its second preliminary-round game Monday, taking on Russia (6 p.m. ET), while Canada Red will look to bounce back against Sweden in the night-cap (7:30 p.m. ET).
Visiting Team: Canada Red
Home Team: Finland
CANADA RED LINEUP
PosNo.  Name
G Stankowski, Carl
G31  Mandolese, Kevin
  Bahl, Kevin
  Merkley, Ryan
  Robertson, Carter
  Bernard, Xavier
  Dobson, Noah
  Zazula, Luke
  Dellandrea, Ty
  Noel, Serron
 10  Roberts, Connor
A11  Daley, Caiden
 12  Stotts, Riley
 15  Damiani, Riley
 16  Moskal, Billy
 17  Dunkley, Nathan
C19  Groulx, Benoît-Olivier
 20  Element, Shawn
 21  Tarzwell, Josh
 23  Hillis, Cameron
 24  Guest, Eric
 25  Barteaux, Dawson
CANADA RED PENALTIES
Per.No. Min OffenceOffPPPSStartOn
1st20 2:00 Delay of Game 17:111 17:1119:11
2nd2:00 Holding 0:331 0:332:32
2nd23 2:00 Hooking 15:141 15:1417:14
3rd2:00 Interference 1:561 1:563:56
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
FINLAND LINEUP
PosNo.  Name
G Nurmi, Kalle
G31  Annunen, Justus
C Salmela, Santeri
  Kukkonen, Miska
  Åkerman, Tobias
  Rannisto, Jasper
  Honka, Anttoni
 10  Kupari, Rasmus
 13  Hirvonen, Konsta
 15  Nordgren, Niklas
 18  Mäki, Eetu
 19  Matikainen, Kalle
 20  Kokkonen, Mikko
 21  Moilanen, Jesse
 22  Salonen, Samuel
 25  Seppälä, Peetro
 27  Tanus, Kristian
 29  Räsänen, Iivari
 32  Aaltonen, Leevi
 34  Nevasaari, Arttu
 35  Killinen, Lenni
 36  Kapanen, Karri
FINLAND PENALTIES
Per.No. Min OffenceOffPPPSStartOn
1st35 2:00 Interference 9:331 9:3311:33
1st2:00 Holding 14:091 14:0916:09
2nd2:00 Interference 8:091 8:0910:09
3rd 2:00 Too Many Players 9:011 9:0111:01
3rd2:00 Cross-Checking 15:041 15:0415:49
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
CANADA RED GoalsCANADA RED PLAYERS (plus)FINLAND PLAYERS (minus)
Per.Time  G-As1-As2  
3rd5:07  12-19            
3rd15:49 PP 3            
                
FINLAND GoalsFINLAND PLAYERS (plus)CANADA RED PLAYERS (minus)
Per.Time  G-As1-As2  
2nd2:32 PP 34-10-22            
3rd6:04  34-35-3            
3rd12:42  15-13            
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
CANADA RED1 / 5
FINLAND1 / 4
PENALTY SUMMARY
CANADA RED8 min / 4 inf
FINLAND10 min / 5 inf
POINT SUMMARY
CANADA RED2 G + 1 A = 3 Pts
FINLAND3 G + 5 A = 8 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
CANADA RED0022
FINLAND0123
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
CAN-R - Mandolese (58:33) (L)75315/0:003rd/18:33
CAN-R - Mandolese (0:15) (L)0000/18:433rd/18:58
FIN - Annunen (60:00) (W)68822/0:003rd/20:00
Stars of the GameTIME OF GAME:
 CAN-R - 17 Dunkley Start:12:10 PM
 FIN - 34 Nevasaari End:2:12 PM
  -  Attendance: 
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CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


This report has been checked and verified against the Official World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Game Report.