2015-16 National Junior Team

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2016 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #20
Final
December 31, 2015 1:00 pm EST
Helsinki Ice Hall
Helsinki, FIN

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
2
1
2
5
1
0
1
2

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
12
7
13
32
6
12
6
24

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
3 / 7
14
1 / 4
20

Game Story

CANADA DROPS PRELIMS CLOSER TO SWEDEN

WENDY GRAVES

HELSINKI, Finland – Mitchell Stephens (Peterborough, Ont./Saginaw, OHL) scored his first goal and Mitchell Marner (Thornhill, Ont./London, OHL) his second, but penalty trouble proved to be the undoing of Canada’s National Junior Team, as it surrendered three power play goals and fell 5-2 to Sweden in its final preliminary round game of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Thomas Chabot (Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Que./Saint John, QMJHL), Joe Hicketts (Kamloops, B.C./Victoria, WHL) and Dylan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Erie, OHL) picked up assists.

Mackenzie Blackwood (Thunder Bay, Ont./Barrie, OHL) took the loss in net. The first game between the two countries since 2011 was a penalty-filled affair, with the teams whistled for a combined 17 minors.

Only 17 seconds into its first power play, Sweden struck. Blackwood stopped Dmytro Timashov’s shot on the rush but sent a big rebound out to an unmarked Alexander Nylander, who put the puck into an open net.

Penalty trouble cost Canada again less than three minutes later. The team successful killed off a short Swedish two-man advantage, but only five seconds after Rourke Chartier (Saskatoon, Sask./Kelowna, WHL) returned to the ice to make it a five-on-four, Gustav Forsling sent a screened wrist shot from the high slot past Blackwood low glove side.

Stephens got one back for Canada late in the first. After cycling the puck along the boards, he sent it to Chabot at the blue line. The defenceman’s shot was stopped, but Stephens drove toward the net to pounce on the rebound.

Sweden’s two-goal lead was restored at the 13:38 mark of the second period. Axel Holmstrom sent a cross-crease pass to Adrian Kempe, who one-timed it into the back of the net.

The advantage became three seven minutes into the third. Blackwood made the initial save on a deflected point shot, but Anton Karlsson put in the rebound from the top of the crease.

Canada’s troubled penalty kill got a boost midway through the period by erasing a two-man disadvantage that lasted 1:53. Shortly after, it was given its own five-on-three – and with it, its best chance to get back in the game.

Only five seconds in Marner went top corner with a slap shot. But the team couldn’t cut the deficit down after that.

Rasmus Asplund added an empty-netter with 11 seconds to go to wrap up the scoring.

Canada finished in third place in Group A and next faces Finland in the quarter-finals on Saturday (11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Adrian Kempe
Roughing minor (2:00)
04:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Roland McKeown
Roughing minor (2:00)
04:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Jake Virtanen
Roughing minor (2:00)
04:20
GOAL
Goal: Alexander Nylander (power play)

Assists: Rasmus Asplund, Dmytro Timashov
04:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Rourke Chartier
(auto) High-Sticking minor (2:00)
05:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Anthony Beauvillier
(auto) Delay of Game minor (2:00)
06:37
GOAL
Goal: Gustav Forsling (power play)

Assists: Alexander Nylander, Adrian Kempe
07:08
PENALTY
Penalty: William Lagesson
Slashing minor (2:00)
09:18
GOAL
Goal: Mitchell Stephens

Assists: Thomas Chabot
15:51
PENALTY
Penalty: Lawson Crouse
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
16:13
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Andreas Englund
Roughing minor (2:00)
05:40
PENALTY
Penalty: John Quenneville
Roughing minor (2:00)
05:40
PENALTY
Penalty: Carl Grundstrom
Roughing minor (2:00)
10:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Adam Ollas Mattsson
Roughing minor (2:00)
10:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Mitchell Stephens
Roughing minor (2:00)
10:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Brendan Perlini
Slashing minor (2:00)
13:00
GOAL
Goal: Adrian Kempe (power play)

Assists: Axel Holmstrom, Gustav Forsling
13:38
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Anton Karlsson

Assists: Gabriel Carlsson, Jens Looke
07:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Travis Dermott
Slashing minor (2:00)
09:36
PENALTY
Penalty: Brandon Hickey
(auto) Cross-Checking minor (2:00)
09:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Carl Grundstrom
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
12:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Gabriel Carlsson
(auto) Cross-Checking minor (2:00)
14:05
GOAL
Goal: Mitchell Marner (power play)

Assists: Joe Hicketts, Dylan Strome
14:10
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Felix Sandstrom,

16:11
GOAL
Goal: Rasmus Asplund

Assists: Andreas Englund
19:49
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Mackenzie Blackwood

19:50

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Linus Soderstrom SWE 56 19 17 2 0.895
Felix Sandstrom, SWE 3 5 5 0 1.000
Mackenzie Blackwood CAN 58 31 27 4 0.871

Game Leaders

GA 2 - SVS - 17 - SV% - 0.895
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

3 - 8 L vs. United StatesUSA
Jan 5, 2016
5 - 6 L @ FinlandFIN
Jan 2, 2016
1 - 2 L vs. FinlandFIN
Jan 4, 2016
2 - 5 L vs. SwedenSWE
Dec 31, 2015
6 - 0 W vs. SlovakiaSVK
Jan 2, 2016
3 - 2 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Dec 29, 2015
Videos
Photos
TELUS: REG 6 – STR 3 (Bronze Medal)
Miller and Woods had three points apiece to lead the Pat Canadians over the Bisons for bronze.
TELUS: TOR - CHA (Gold Medal)
Bonsteel scored twice and Ewing made 35 saves, leading the Young Nationals to their first TELUS Cup title.
TELUS: TOR 3 – REG 1 (Semifinal)
Regan got the winner seven minutes into the third period to send the Young Nationals to the final.
TELUS: CHA 7 – STR 1 (Semifinal)
The Grenadiers scored the game’s final seven goals to beat the Bisons and return to the gold medal game.
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