IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 4-2 Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ – 23 Dec 2007

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canadaย 4-2 Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Exhibition Game
Zimnรญ stadion Chrudim, Chrudim ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Sunday, 23 December 2007

Team Canada scored a power-play goal, shorthanded goal and two even-strength goals to beat Finland 4-2 in exhibition action in preparation of the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship on Sunday.

Shawn Matthias led the way with two goals as Canada improved to 3-0 in exhibition play in front of a crowd of 2,500. Canada will now prepare for the start of the tournament on Boxing Day, when the three-time defending champion takes on the Czech Republic.

Finland outshot Canada 33-21 in the game, but Steve Mason was solid in net for the win.

Canadaโ€™s special teams took control of the game in the first period. Drew Doughty scored a power-play goal at 5:01 when his slap shot from the point beat Finland netminder Riku Helenius. Then, at 12:10, Matthias scored a shorthanded goal when he one-timed in a pass from Matthew Halischuk. Canada, despite being outshot by Finland 8-7, led 2-0 after 20 minutes.

Finland came on in the second period and ended up with a 13-6 advantage in shots on goal in the middle frame. But Canadaโ€™s Brad Marchand scored just 25 seconds into the second to make it 3-0. Marchand completed a nice play set up by Claude Giroux. Finland cut into the lead at 8:47 on Nico Aaltonenโ€™s power-play goal.

Early in the third, Finlandโ€™s Ville Lajunen scored another goal with the man advantage to cut Canadaโ€™s lead to one. But Matthias restored Canadaโ€™s two-goal lead with his second of the game at 8:29 and that was it for scoring.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:13 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Stamkos, slashing
04:35 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย PEN – Lucenius, interference
05:01 –ย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Doughty (Turris)
05:01 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย PEN – Lajunen, unsportsmanlike conduct
05:59 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Schenn, high sticking
10:57 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Simmonds, tripping
12:10 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย SH GOAL – Matthias (Halischuk)
14:55 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย PEN – Aaltonen, hooking

2nd Period
20:25 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Marchand (Giroux)
20:55 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Hickey, charging
28:28 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Tavares, high sticking
28:47 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย PP GOAL – Aaltonen (Kemppainen)
31:14 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Hickey, hooking
33:13 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Godfrey, interference
38:20 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Legein, spearing

3rd Period
41:01 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย PP GOAL – Lajunen (Lehtivuori, Salminen)
41:34 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย PEN – Puustinen, high sticking
48:29 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Matthias (Stamkos)
55:34 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย PEN – Lehtivuori, cross checking

GOALTENDERS
W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Mason (31-33)
L: ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย Helenius (17-21)

SHOTS ON GOAL
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 7+6+8 = 21
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 8+13+12 = 33

ROSTERS
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Goaltenders: Jonathan Bernier, Steve Mason. Defence: Karl Alzner, Drew Doughty, Josh Godfrey, Thomas Hickey, Logan Pyett, Luke Schenn, P.K. Subban. Forwards: Zach Boychuk, Colton Gillies, Claude Giroux, Matthew Halischuk, Riley Holzapfel, Stefan Legein, Brad Marchand, Shawn Matthias, Wayne Simmonds, Steven Stamkos, Brandon Sutter, John Tavares, Kyle Turris.
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Goaltenders: Riku Helenius, Harri Sรคteri. Defence: Joonas Jalvanti, Joonas Jรคrvinen, Mikko Kousa, Ville Lajunen, Joonas Lehtivuori, Miko Malkamรคki, Juha-Petteri Purolinna.ย Forwards: Nico Aaltonen, Jan-Mikael Juutilainen, Joonas Kemppainen, Siim Liivik, Niclas Lucenius, Nestori Lรคhde, Jarkko Malinen, Harri Pesonen, Juuso Puustinen, Eetu Pรถysti, Tomi Sallinen, Sakari Salminen, Max Wรคrn.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA (C) vs. FINLAND ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
current champion
(since
26 Dec 2006)
Last Title 12 Nov 2005
68 All-Time Wins
52
11 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 5 ties)
6 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. FIN)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ FIN 5-0 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 22 Dec 1978 โ€“ EX โ€“ Savonlinna ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. FIN)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 5-2 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 20 Dec 2006 โ€“ EX โ€“ Helsinki ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 6-1 SVK ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ โ€“ 20 Dec 2007 โ€“ EX โ€“ Pรบchov ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 3-0 CZE ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ โ€“ 26 Dec 2007 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Pardubice ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Article Credit: Hockey Canada

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