Finland 4 - Quebec 6
HUGE COMEBACK HELPS QUEBEC TO 2-0 START
by Andrew Parker
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – Luca Ciampini’s first of three goals kick started the comeback as Quebec earned a 6-4 win over Finland on Thursday night at the PCU Centre.
Despite going down a goal only 23 seconds into the game and falling into a 3-1 hole late in the second period, Quebec recovered to keep pace with the United States atop Group A; both teams are 2-0 after two days.
“You have to get those goals back right away,” said Quebec’s Dillon Fournier of falling behind early.
It was Fournier who tied the game for Quebec just 5:30 after Jusso Ikonen opened the scoring, although goals from Henri Ikonen and Rasmus Ristolainen put the Finns up 3-1 with the minutes ticking away in the middle frame.
But Quebec struck back soon after, with Ciampini and captain Charles Simard-Hudon both scoring only six seconds apart to send the game to the intermission tied 3-3.
Quebec carried the momentum into the third period, adding goals by William Carrier and Ciampini. Ville Pokka made it a one-goal game shortly after the Finns pulled goaltender Oskari Setänen, but Ciampini finished his hat trick into an empty net with 53 seconds left.
Henri Ikonen was awarded Player of the Game honours for Finland, which returns to play on Friday night when it meets Atlantic in Portage. Quebec will also play on New Year’s Eve, facing off against Germany in Winnipeg.
|Arena||PCU Centre||City, Country||Portage la Prairie, Man.|
|Month / Day / Year||12/30/2010||Time||07:30 PM CT|
00:23 FIN 10 Jusso Ikonen (4 Mikko Vainonen, 12 Samu Markkula)
05:53 QUE 4 Dillon Fournier (6 Julien Leduc, 20 Félix Girard)
15:24 FIN 24 Henri Ikonen (7 Markus Kojo)
17:24 FIN 5 Rasmus Ristolainen (20 Teuvo Teräväinen, 24 Henri Ikonen)
19:40 QUE 10 Luca Ciampini (15 Frédéric Gamelin, 16 Anthony Duclair)
19:46 QUE 12 Charles Simard-Hudon
08:27 QUE 18 William Carrier (19 Jérémy Grégoire)
10:56 QUE 10 Luca Ciampini (15 Frédéric Gamelin, 16 Anthony Duclair)
17:26 FIN 9 Ville Pokka (8 Kalle Torniainen)
19:07 QUE 10 Luca Ciampini (15 Frédéric Gamelin) EN
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Quebec||10 Luca Ciampini|
|Finland||24 Henri Ikonen|
|Lines People||Kyle Mahoney, Mat Hicks|
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