IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 5-3 Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 23 Dec 2022

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 5-3 Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Exhibition Game
Scotiabank Centre, Halifax ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Wednesday, 21 December 2022

After a couple easy tune-up tests, Canada had to battle from start to finish on Friday night to defeat Finland 5-3 in the final exhibition game ahead of the World Junior men’s hockey championship.

Canada, which beat Switzerland 6-0 on Monday, and Slovakia 6-1 on Wednesday, needed a power-play goal from Connor Bedard at 14:21 to post the victory. It was Bedard’s second power-play goal of the game. Logan Stankoven iced the game with an empty-net goal at 19:46.

Brennan Othmann and Brandt Clarke also scored for Canada.

Finland, which held 1-0 and 2-1 leads, got goals from Niko Huuhtanen, Ville Koivunen and Joakim Kemell.

“It was important for our group to go through a game like that where we had to trail and fight to take back the lead,” said Canadian coach Dennis Williams. “I thought we kept our composure and stuck to the game plan, and that mentality will pay dividends as we move forward in the tournament.โ€

Finland, which lost 5-2 to the United States on Monday, was outshot by Canada 45-22. Canada was 3-for-7 on the power play, while Finland went 2-for-4.

โ€œIt is nice to get a couple goals before the tournament starts. I have had a lot of chances, but pucks just have not been going in,” said Bedard.

“Tonight was just a pre-tournament game, but with the crowd and intensity it felt a lot bigger, and it was good to find the back of the net and help our team get the win. We believe the potential of this team is a Gold Medal.โ€

Canada opens defence of its world title on Boxing Day with a preliminary round game against Czechia in Halifax.

Finland, which lost 3-2 in overtime to Canada in the memorable Gold Medal final of the delayed worlds this past summer, opens its tournament on Boxing Day with a game against Switzerland in Moncton, New Brunswick.

1st Period
10:38 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ PEN – Huuhtanen, boarding
15:05 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Matier, holding

2nd Period
21:38 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ GOAL – Huuhtanen (Nyman, Miettinen)
28:25 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ PEN – Suomi, checking to the head
28:31 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PP GOAL – Othmann (Zellweger, Guenther)
29:44 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Gaucher, slashing
31:46 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ PP GOAL – Koivunen (Lambert, K. Kapanen)
32:26 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ PEN – Vรคisรคnen, interference
35:18 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Clarke (Ostapchuk, Allan)
36:22 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ PEN – Rรถnni, interference
36:45 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PP GOAL – Bedard (Wright, Guenther)
37:40 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ PEN – Ervasti, roughing

3rd Period
41:44 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Guenther, cross checking
45:01 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Bedard, tripping
46:39 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ PP GOAL – Kemell (Huuhtanen, Rรถnni)
48:50 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ PEN – Heimosalmi, tripping
54:10 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ PEN – Suomi, cross checking
54:21 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PP GOAL – Bedard (Zellweger, Othmann)
59:46 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ EN GOAL – Stankoven
59:46 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ PEN – Nyman, 10 min. misconduct

W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Milic (19-22)
L: ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Lampinen (40-44)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 15+16+14 = 45
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 8+7+7 = 22

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Benjamin Gaudreau, Thomas Milic. Defence: Nolan Allan, Brandt Clarke, Ethan Del Mastro, Tyson Hinds, Kevin Korchinski, Jack Matier, Olen Zellweger. Forwards: Caedan Bankier, Connor Bedard, Colton Dach, Zach Dean, Adam Fantilli, Nathan Gaucher (A), Dylan Guenther, Zack Ostapchuk, Brennan Othmann, Joshua Roy, Reid Schaefer, Logan Stankoven (A), Shane Wright (C).
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Goaltenders: Niklas Kokko, Jani Lampinen. Defence: Kalle Ervasti, Aleksi Heimosalmi (A), Aron Kiviharju, Aleksi Malinen, Ville Ruotsalainen, Otto Salin, Jimi Suomi, Topias Vilรฉn. Forwards: Niko Huuhtanen, Lenni Hรคmeenaho, Konsta Kapanen, Oliver Kapanen (C), Aleksanteri Kaskimรคki, Joakim Kemell, Ville Koivunen (A), Brad Lambert, Jere Lassila, Verner Miettinen, Jani Nyman, Sami Pรคivรคrinta, Topi Rรถnni, Kalle Vรคisรคnen.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA (C) vs. FINLAND ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
current champion
(previous 15 Aug 2022)
Last Title 15 Aug 2022
122 All-Time Wins
19 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 5 ties)
9 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. FIN)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย FIN 5-0 CANย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย โ€“ 22 Dec 1978 โ€“ EX โ€“ Savonlinnaย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. FIN)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 3-2 FINย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย (OT)ย โ€“ 20 Aug 2022 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Edmontonย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ๐Ÿ…
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 6-1 SVKย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย โ€“ 21 Dec 2022 โ€“ EX โ€“ Monctonย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย CZE 5-2 CANย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย โ€“ 26 Dec 2022 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Halifaxย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Article Credit: TSN
Photo Credit: Hockey CanadaIIHFHHOFIOC



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