Adam Fox scored twice and David Farrance netted the game-winner with 6:10 to play as Team USA erased a two-goal deficit to beat Finland, 4-3, here tonight at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase at USA Hockey Arena.
The U.S. will return to action tomorrow night when it takes on Canada at USA Hockey Arena in the final game of the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase.
Fox opened the scoring 3:46 into the game by taking a pass from Ryan Poehling and firing the puck past Finland’s goaltender Lassi Lehtinen.
Joey Anderson nearly doubled the U.S. lead with seven minutes left in the period when Trent Frederic sent him a cross-ice pass that sprung him on a breakaway, but his chance was turned aside.
In the middle period, Finland tallied three unanswered goals before the U.S. connected late to bring the score to 3-2. The scoring began when Robin Salo sent a shot through traffic and past U.S. goaltender Jake Oettinger 4:28 into the period. A close-range goal by Otto Koivula 3:40 later gave Finland a 2-1 lead before Janne Kuokkanen doubled Finland’s lead at the 14:29 mark.
Then, with 1:03 remaining in the stanza, Fox tallied his second of the game when he tucked a shot into the upper left corner.
The U.S. tied the contest with 9:34 to play when Riley Tufte finished a point-blank attempt off a centering pass by Patrick Harper.
Farrance put Team USA ahead for good when he carried the puck end-to-end and slid a breakaway attempt past Lehtinen with 6:10 remaining.
Oettinger finished with 37 saves to earn the victory in goal for the U.S.
IHLC: With the win, the Americans retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship, their 13th title, which they won in the World Juniors Gold Medal Game in January and retained with a 3-2 win over Sweden to open this camp. This tilt marks the 18th meeting between the Finns and Americans over the IHLC since their first in 1980, with Team USA improving to 7-10-1 all-time; Their last meeting came 364 days ago in this very arena, where it was Finland emerging victorious in a 2-1 win. Team USA will now close out the evaluation camp tomorrow against Canada, the winner likely to carry the IHLC into the World Juniors in December.
03:46 – GOAL – Fox (Poehling, Tkachuk)
08:11 – PEN – Laavainen, hooking
15:17 – PEN – Gerlach, boarding
22:27 – PEN – A. Räsänen, hooking
24:28 – GOAL – Salo (Välimäki)
28:08 – GOAL – Koivula (Ikonen)
34:29 – GOAL – Kuokkanen
38:57 – GOAL – Fox (Poehling)
39:06 – PEN – Kotkansalo, hooking
50:26 – GOAL – Tufte (Harper, Poehling)
53:19 – PEN – Kuokkanen, hooking
53:50 – PP GOAL – Farrance
58:51 – PEN – Tufte, hooking
W: Oettinger (37-40)
L: Lehtinen (17-21)
SHOTS ON GOAL
6+6+9 = 21
9+15+16 = 40
Goaltenders: Jake Oettinger, Dylan St. Cyr. Defence: Mikey Anderson, Sean Day, David Farrance, Adam Fox, Phil Kemp, Luke Martin. Forwards: Joey Anderson, Jack Badini, Sasha Chmelevski, Logan Cockerill, Sean Dhooghe, Trent Frederic, Max Gerlach, Tim Gettinger, Patrick Harper, Josh Norris, Ryan Poehling, Brady Tkachuk, Riley Tufte.
Goaltenders: Lassi Lehtinen, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. Defence: Kasper Kotkansalo, Roope Laavainen, Markus Niemeläinen, Eemeli Räsänen, Robin Salo, Urho Vaakanainen, Juuso Välimäki. Forwards: Joni Ikonen, Jere Innala, Juha Jääskä, Otto Koivula, Joona Koppanen, Janne Kuokkanen, Eetu Luostarinen, Otto Mäkinen, Sami Moilanen, Markus Nurmi, Aapeli Räsänen, Aarne Talvitie, Jerry Turkulainen.