2017-18 National Men's Under-18 Team

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2018 IIHF U18 World Championship
Game #0
Final
April 16, 2018 10:30 am EST
Trakor Ice Arena
Chelyabinsk, RUS

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

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

Statistics

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PP
PIM
1 / 7
16
1 / 8
14

Game Story

CANADA EDGES FINNS FOR SECOND PRE-WORLDS WIN

JASON LA ROSE

CHELYABINSK, Russia – Alexis Lafrenière (Saint-Eustache, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL) and Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta./Spokane, WHL) scored 1:23 apart in the second period, and Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team held off a third-period push to earn a 3-2 pre-tournament win over Finland on Monday ahead of the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship.

The Canadians finished their two-game exhibition schedule with a perfect record; they blanked Slovakia 5-0 in their opener Sunday.

Cameron Hillis (Oshawa, Ont./Guelph, OHL) got the scoring started just past the midway mark of the first period, finding the back of the net for the second time in as many days to send Canada to the dressing room up one after one.

Lafrenière doubled the lead at 10:14 of the second period off a set-up from Ty Dellandrea (Port Perry, Ont./Flint, OHL), and Smith made it 3-0 at 11:37.

The Finns, who have won gold and silver at the last two U18 world championships, made it interesting in the third, getting goals from Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Niklas Nordgren to make it a one-goal game with just under 14 minutes to go, but Canadian goaltender Colten Ellis (Port Hawkesbury, N.S./Rimouski, QMJHL) closed the door the rest of the way.

Canada will make the 312-kilometre trip south to Magnitogorsk for the preliminary round; it opens up against the United States – the defending gold medallist – on Thursday (10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT).

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Toni Utunen
Interference (2:00)
00:57
PENALTY
Penalty: Cameron Hillis
Slashing (2:00)
01:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Cameron Hillis
Slashing (2:00)
06:19
GOAL
Goal: Cameron Hillis

Assists: Allan McShane, Kevin Bahl
11:22
PENALTY
Penalty: Ryan Merkley
Hooking (2:00)
16:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Jesperi Kotkaniemi
Holding (2:00)
17:50
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jack McBain
Hooking (2:00)
07:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Bowen Byram
Interference (2:00)
09:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Sampo Ranta
Interference (2:00)
09:32
GOAL
Goal: Alexis Lafrenière

Assists: Ty Dellandrea, Jonathan Tychonick
10:14
PENALTY
Penalty: Santeri Salmela
Hooking (2:00)
10:44
GOAL
Goal: Ty Smith (power play)

Assists: Ryan Merkley
11:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Jack McBain
Roughing (2:00)
11:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Lenni Killinen
Hooking (2:00)
15:56
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jonathan Tychonick
Holding (2:00)
03:12
GOAL
Goal: Jesperi Kotkaniemi (power play)

Assists: Kaapo Kakko, Anttoni Honka
04:13
GOAL
Goal: Niklas Nordgren

Assists: Mikko Kokkonen
06:15
PENALTY
Penalty: Toni Utunen
Holding (2:00)
15:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Liam Foudy
Hooking (2:00)
18:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Jesperi Kotkaniemi
Slashing (2:00)
19:35

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Colten Ellis CAN 60 2 0 2 0.000
Justus Annunen FIN 58 3 0 3 0.000

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

3 - 2 W @ FinlandFIN
Apr 16, 2018
2 - 3 L v CanadaCAN
Apr 16, 2018
5 - 0 W @ Slovakia SVK
Apr 15, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 MWC: USA 4 – CAN 1 (Bronze)
Vlasic scored, but Canada dropped the bronze medal game to U.S.
2018 MWC: SUI 3 – CAN 2 (Semifinal)
Horvat and Parayko scored goals, but Canada will play for bronze.
2018 MWC: CAN 5 – RUS 4 OT (Quarter-final)
O’Reilly scored the overtime winner, sending Canada to the semifinals.
2018 MWC: CAN 3 – GER 0 (Preliminary)
Nugent-Hopkins had 1G 1A and Kuemper made 12 saves for the shutout.
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