2014-15 National Men's Under-18 Team

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2015 IIHF U18 World Championship
Game #18
Final
April 21, 2015 9:45 am AST
Bossard Arena
Zug, SUI

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
12
10
11
33
7
17
11
35

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 5
10
1 / 4
12

Game Story

SECOND PERIOD OUTBURST LEADS CANADA OVER FINNS AT U18 WORLDS

JASON LA ROSE

ZUG, Switzerland – Tyler Benson (Edmonton, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) capped a three-goals-in-seven-minutes spurt with the game-winner late in the second period, and Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team finished a perfect preliminary round at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship with a 3-2 win over Finland on Tuesday.

The victory gives Canada top spot in Group B, and sets up a quarter-final against Sweden or Slovakia on Wednesday, depending on the outcome of the Sweden-Russia game later Tuesday.

Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam, B.C./Seattle, WHL) and Thomas Chabot (Ste-Marie-de-Beauce, Que./Saint John, QMJHL) had a goal and an assist each for Canada, which trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes before taking over.

The Finns grabbed an early lead just nine minutes in when Aleksi Saarela knocked a rebound past Canadian goaltender Evan Cormier (Bowmanville, Ont./Saginaw, OHL), and Patrik Laine doubled the advantage in the final minute of the opening frame, converting on a two-on-one opportunity.

Canada finally solved the Finnish PK – which had not allowed a goal in 14 chances through three games.

First it was Barzal, taking a feed from Chabot and rifling a wrist shot over the glove of Finnish netminder Veini Vehvilainen just shy of the midway mark of the second period to make it 2-1.

Barzal returned the favour on another man advantage just 66 seconds later, slipping a pass to Chabot, whose low shot glanced off theleg of a Finnish penalty killer and just inside the post past Vehvilainen, tying the game.

Benson gave Canada the lead for good at 16:21, driving the net and sneaking the puck through the legs of Vehvilainen for his first goal of the tournament.

Cormier was solid again in picking up his second win in as many starts; he finished with 31 saves, turning aside all 21 shots he faced over the last 40 minutes.

Canada kept Finland’s deadly power play at bay; the Finns went goalless on five chances, after scoring eight times on 22 opportunities – a tournament-leading 36.4% success rate – in its first three games.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jesse Puljujarvi
Roughing minor (2:00)
01:58
PENALTY
Penalty: Graham Knott
Slashing minor (2:00)
01:58
PENALTY
Penalty: Mitchell Stephens
Slashing minor (2:00)
06:52
GOAL
Goal: Aleksi Saarela

Assists: Vili Saarijarvi, Petrus Palmu
09:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Jansen Harkins
(auto) High-Sticking minor (2:00)
14:32
GOAL
Goal: Patrik Laine

Assists: Jesse Puljujarvi, Aleksi Saarela
19:32
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jansen Harkins
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
05:17
PENALTY
Penalty: Sami Tavernier
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
07:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Juuso Valimaki
(auto) High-Sticking minor (2:00)
08:27
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Mathew Barzal

Assists: Thomas Chabot
09:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Juuso Valimaki
(auto) Holding minor (2:00)
10:21
GOAL
Goal: Thomas Chabot

Assists: Mathew Barzal
10:55
GOAL
Goal: Tyler Benson

Assists: Glenn Gawdin
16:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Parker Wotherspoon
Slashing minor (2:00)
20:00
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Petrus Palmu
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
05:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Tyler Benson
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
08:07

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Veini Vehvilainen FIN 60 35 32 3 0.914
Evan Cormier CAN 60 33 31 2 0.939

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

1 - 2 L @ United StatesUSA
Apr 26, 2015
5 - 2 W vs. SwitzerlandSUI
Apr 26, 2015
5 - 4 W vs. SwitzerlandSUI
Apr 25, 2015
2 - 7 L vs. United StatesUSA
Apr 25, 2015
3 - 0 W vs. SlovakiaSVK
Apr 23, 2015
5 - 3 W vs. SwedenSWE
Apr 23, 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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