2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #14
QF
Final (SO)
November 8, 2018 3:30 pm AST
Harbour Station
Saint John, N.B.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
OT
SO
Final
Teams
1
2
3
OT
SO
F
2
1
0
0
1
4
0
2
1
0
0
3

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
OT
Final
Teams
1
2
3
OT
F
17
8
9
4
38
14
16
12
4
46

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 1
10
0 / 5
2

Game Story

FINNS SHOCK WHITE IN SHOOTOUT, ADVANCE TO U17 SEMIS

JASON LA ROSE

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Joel Blomqvist finished with 43 saves in regulation and overtime, Roby Järventie scored the shootout winner and Finland upset previously-unbeaten Canada White 4-3 on Thursday afternoon to advance to the semifinals at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The Finns saw a three-goal lead evaporate before Järventie, Aatu Räty and Jesse Seppälä all beat White goaltender Tristan Lennox (Cambridge, Ont./Brantford, OJHL) to send the Nordic nation to the semis for the first time since 2014.

It will face the winner of the Canada Red-United States quarter-final on Friday (time TBD).

Räty got the shootout started with a goal before the next five shooters came up empty. Järventie put the Finns on the brink of a win, but Canadian captain Jake Neighbours (Airdrie, Alta./Edmonton, WHL) kept his team alive. Seppälä finished it one shot later, going five-hole on Lennox to clinch the win.

Both teams came out full throttle, combining for 31 shots in an entertaining first period.

It looked as if the Canadians would open the scoring when its vaunted power play went to work midway through the opening frame, but Blomqvist made five of his 14 stops to keep it scoreless.

Räty broke through for the Finns just shy of the 17-minute mark, crashing the net to knock a rebound past Lennox, and he added a second goal in the dying seconds of the period on another second chance to make it 2-0 after 20 minutes.

Seppälä extended the lead to three just 4:22 into the second period, tucking a loose puck around Lennox, but the Canadian goaltender settled in after that en route to a 35-save performance.

Neighbours took over the rest of the middle frame; he snuck behind the Finnish defence and went five-hole on Blomqvist to get the Canadians on the board, and snapped in a quick shot right off a won face-off to make it a one-goal game after two periods.

The Canadians swarmed Blomqvist in the third, getting chance after chance, but the puck-stopper kept the highest-scoring team from the preliminary round at bay, including a right pad stop off Cole Perfetti (Whitby, Ont./Saginaw, OHL) that ranked as his best of the game.

White finally got even with 55.3 seconds left and Lennox on the bench when Connor McClennon (Wainwright, Alta./Kootenay, WHL) poked in a free puck for his tournament-leading seventh goal.

Finland had the best chance of the 10-minute overtime when Kasper Puutio wired a slap shot off the post behind Lennox, but an entertaining game ultimately needed a shootout to decide it.

The Finnish win marks the fourth year in a row that a fourth-place team has beaten a group winner in the quarter-finals.

Canada White will play for fifth place Friday, against an as-yet-unknown opponent (time TBD).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Ruben Rafkin
Cross-Checking (2:00)
08:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Dylan Robinson
Tripping (2:00)
12:14
GOAL
Goal: Aatu Räty

Assists: Jesse Seppälä, Veeti Korkalainen
16:36
GOAL
Goal: Aatu Räty

Assists: Jesse Seppälä
19:22
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Jesse Seppälä

Assists: Veeti Korkalainen
04:22
GOAL
Goal: Jake Neighbours

Assists: Cole Perfetti, Luke Prokop
06:08
PENALTY
Penalty: Jiri Pärssinen
Slashing (2:00)
11:12
GOAL
Goal: Jake Neighbours

Assists: Mavrik Bourque
14:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Veeti Korkalainen
Tripping (2:00)
19:47
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Iivari Säkkinen
Holding (2:00)
05:16
PENALTY
Penalty: Kasper Puutio
Interference (2:00)
11:53
GOAL
Goal: Connor McClennon

Assists: Théo Rochette, Jérémie Poirier
19:04
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Tristan Lennox

19:04
Overtime
No Scoring
Shootout
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#23 Aatu Räty shooutout attempt on #1 Tristan Lennox
Goal
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#21 Cole Perfetti shooutout attempt on #1 Joel Blomqvist
Miss
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#25 Oliver Suni shooutout attempt on #1 Tristan Lennox
Miss
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#15 Connor McClennon shooutout attempt on #1 Joel Blomqvist
Miss
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#13 Roni Hirvonen shooutout attempt on #1 Tristan Lennox
Miss
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#10 Théo Rochette shooutout attempt on #1 Joel Blomqvist
Miss
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#32 Roby Järventie shooutout attempt on #1 Tristan Lennox
Goal
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#19 Jake Neighbours shooutout attempt on #1 Joel Blomqvist
Goal
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#27 Jesse Seppälä shooutout attempt on #1 Tristan Lennox
Goal

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Joel Blomqvist FIN 70 46 43 3 0.935
Tristan Lennox CAN-W 68 38 35 3 0.921

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

1 - 2 L @ RussiaRUS
Nov 10, 2018
3 - 5 L vs. Canada BlackCAN-B
Nov 9, 2018
5 - 2 W @ Canada RedCAN-R
Nov 9, 2018
3 - 4 L vs. FinlandFIN
Nov 8, 2018
4 - 3 W @ Canada WhiteCAN-W
Nov 8, 2018
5 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Nov 6, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 U17: SWE 4 – CAN-R 3 SO (Bronze Medal)
Raymond scored the lone goal in the shootout to give Sweden bronze.
2018 U17: RUS 2 – FIN 1 (Gold Medal)
Gushchin and Kokhanin scored to give the Russians a fourth U17 gold.
2018 U17: RUS 6 – SWE 4 (Semifinal)
Ponomaryov had 2G 2A to help the Russians reach the gold medal game.
2018 U17: CZE 2 – USA 1 (7th Place)
Mysak had a goal and an assist to lead the Czechs to seventh place.