2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #16
Preliminary
Final
December 30, 2017 8:00 pm EST
Key Bank Center
Buffalo, N.Y.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
F
Teams
1
2
3
F
3
2
3
8
0
0
0
0

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
14
11
19
44
4
7
7
18

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
2 / 4
4
0 / 2
8

Game Story

CANADIANS SCORE BY COMMITTEE, WIN GROUP AT WORLD JUNIORS

JASON LA ROSE

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Brett Howden (Oakbank, Man./Moose Jaw, WHL) led a balanced offence with two goals, and Canada's National Junior Team earned first place in Group A at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship with an 8-0 win over Denmark on Saturday night.

The Canadians will wait until the end of preliminary-round play on Sunday to find out who and when they play in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. They will face the fourth-place team from Group B to open the medal round.

Canada spread around the scoring against the Danes - seven players scored goals, and 15 of the 20 skaters recorded at least one point. Cal Foote (Kelowna, B.C./Kelowna, WHL) finished with three assists, while Michael McLeod (Mississauga, Ont,/Mississauga, OHL) and Alex Formenton (King City, Ont./London, OHL) added a goal and a helper apiece.

Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, Alta./Everett, WHL) made 18 saves to record the shutout.

Robert Thomas (Aurora, Ont./London, OHL) was first on the board for the Canadians, stuffing a shot short-side on Danish netminder Emil Gransoe just 3:52 in.

Howden got his first at 17:21, banging in a loose puck, and Sam Steel (Sherwood Park, Alta./Regina, WHL) found a rebound in the crease with 20.4 seconds left in the first period to make it 3-0 after 20 minutes.

A pair of goals midway through the second period pushed the advantage to five; Cale Makar (Calgary, Alta./University of Massachusetts, HE) snapped in a power-play goal at 7:52 before Howden redirected a shot from Foote just 88 seconds later.

Canada kept its foot on the gas in the third, directing 19 of its 44 shots at Gransoe in the final frame.

Formenton made good on a mini-breakaway less than four minutes in, going upstairs in a hurry over the shoulder of Gransoe, and McLeod jumped on a turnover at the Danish blue-line and wired in the seventh Canadian goal at 9:03.

Drake Batherson (New Minas, N.S./Cape Breton, QMJHL) finished the scoring at 12:26, redirecting a feed from Foote for another power-play goal.

Hart came up big early, stopping Joachim Blichfeld on a pair of first-period breakaways, and turned aside seven shots in each of the final two periods to finish the shutout.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Robert Thomas

Assists: Taylor Raddysh, Boris Katchouk
03:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Malte Setkov
Boarding (2:00)
07:02
GOAL
Goal: Brett Howden

Assists: Maxime Comtois, Cal Foote
17:21
GOAL
Goal: Sam Steel

Assists: Kale Clague, Jordan Kyrou
19:40
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Andreas Grundtvig
Hooking (2:00)
06:11
GOAL
Goal: Cale Makar (power play)

Assists: Jake Bean
07:52
GOAL
Goal: Brett Howden

Assists: Cal Foote, Alex Formenton
09:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Conor Timmins
Holding (2:00)
13:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Dillon Dubé
Interference (2:00)
16:43
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Alex Formenton

Assists: Conor Timmins
03:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Lucas Andersen
Holding (2:00)
06:28
GOAL
Goal: Michael McLeod

09:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Magnus Molge
Interference (2:00)
11:29
GOAL
Goal: Drake Batherson (power play)

Assists: Cal Foote, Michael McLeod
12:26

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Carter Hart CAN 60 18 18 0 1.000
Emil Gransoe DEN 60 44 36 8 0.818

Game Leaders

GA 0 - SV - 18 - SAV% - 1.000
GA 8 - SV - 36 - SAV% - 0.818
Goals 0 - Assists 3 - Points 3
G 0 - A 3 - PTS 3
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - PTS 2

Previous Games

3 - 1 W v SwedenSWE
Jan 5, 2018
3 - 2 W @ BelarusBLR
Jan 4, 2018
7 - 2 W v Czech RepublicCZE
Jan 4, 2018
5 - 4 W v BelarusBLR
Jan 2, 2018
8 - 2 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Jan 2, 2018
1 - 5 L @ SlovakiaSVK
Dec 31, 2017
Videos
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2018 OLY: GER 4 – CAN 3 (Semifinal)
Canada cut a three-goal deficit to one, but fell short in the semis.
2018 OLY: CAN 1 – FIN 0 (Quarter-Final)
Noreau scored early in the third, and Canada booked a semifinal spot.
2018 OLY: USA 3 – CAN 2 SO (Gold Medal)
Irwin and Poulin scored, but Canada fell to the U.S. in a shootout.
2018 OLY: CAN 5 – OAR 0 (Semifinal)
Wakefield scored 2G, sending Canada to a sixth-straight Olympic final.
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