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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

CANADA TOPS FINLAND 4-2 TO OPEN WORLD JUNIOR TOURNAMENT


BUFFALO, N.Y. - Boris Katchouk's controversial goal was allowed and he added an assist as Canada beat Finland 4-2 on Tuesday to open the world junior hockey championship.

Katchouk's linemate Taylor Raddysh also scored and added an assist for Canada, while Drake Batherson had the eventual winner and Sam Steel added a goal.

Carter Hart made 29 saves in net for the win.

Aleksi Heponiemi and Henri Jokiharju replied for Finland, while Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 28-of-32 shots.

Defenceman Dante Fabbro made his return to Canada's lineup. He had missed both of the Canadians' pre-tournament tune-up games and two of Canada's three selection camp exhibitions with a lower-body contusion suffered from blocking a puck while playing for Boston University. Fabbro's return meant defenceman Josh Mahura was sent back to the WHL's Regina Pats.

Katchouk opened scoring 5:34 into the game, breaking up a pass between Finnish defencemen for a breakaway and putting the puck past Luukkonen with a backhand.

But Katchouk followed the puck into the net and Finnish head coach Jussi Ahokas challenged the play on the grounds that the puck hadn't yet crossed the goal-line when the Canadian fell into the goal. Officials ruled it a good goal, however.

Finland seemed rattled by the call standing, allowing Steel to add a goal 27 seconds later with Finnish captain Juuso Valimaki in the penalty box for slashing. Steel jumped on a rebound off Luukkonen's pad and snapped it over the goalie's outstretched glove for a 2-0 Canada lead.

Heponiemi replied 12:19 into the first, banging the puck into the net when a Canadian defenceman tried to clear it out of the crease for Hart.

Batherson came right back for Canada, dropping to one knee to one time a pass from Jonah Gadjovich past Luukkonen to make it 3-1 before the first intermission. Despite the score, Finland had outshot Canada 12-7 in the period.

Jokiharju rifled a shot from the point that deflected off Gadjovich's leg and behind a screened Hart to cut Canada's lead to one near the midway point of the second period. It was a power-play goal with Katchouk in the box for tripping.

Raddysh put a slapshot from the point past Luukkonen at the 12:47 mark of the second, with the puck fluttering into the net for a 4-2 Canada lead.

Finland thought it had a goal late in the third period when the puck rolled behind Hart and toward the goal-line. But defenceman Cal Foote dove behind his goaltender and swatted the puck with his hand, bouncing it off the post and out. A video review at the next stoppage of play upheld the no-goal call on the ice.

Canada plays Slovakia on Wednesday.

(Canadian Press)

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

To count that first goal they must have had Glen Johnson and Jake Ireland in the replay booth. The Finns got robbed.

Joey BiShop said...

Wow! A Canada Hater right off the bat. You should maybe read the rules on how they make these decisions and you MIGHT understand.
I thought Canada played well enough to win but things will get tougher with a couple of other teams like USA and Russia and don't forget Sweden. I thought Steel had a solid game and Metis from Montreal Canadiens was outstanding and will probably get better after a couple of games. Canada has solid hockey team and will be very hard to beat in this Tourney.
Go Canada !

Anonymous said...

Steel needs to smarten up in his own zone...trying to go up the middle by yourself instead of throwing it out of your end or passing it out never ends well as he proved it once again by turning it over.

william weppler said...

Pretty solid game all around. Lots of talent on this year's Team as usual but Sam is holding his own. Think they will get stronger as competition increases and they get used to playing more with each other.

Gotta feel for Josh but he gave it all he had and did not look out of place at all in the games I saw. This should only make him better the last half of this year and thru Memorial Cup.

GO Canada GO!

Anonymous said...

To Joey;
Well, maybe the commentators should read your rulebook then They also thought the goal would be called back. I never commented on how Canada played yet you felt obliged to call me a 'Canada Hater'. All I said was 'The Finns got robbed' and I was referring to that one particular call.

Anonymous said...

Brutal call the 1st Canadian goal no way that should have counted.

Joey BiShop said...

Sorry about that. My comment referring to Canada Hater was not the right thing to say and I apologize for that . As far as the Commentators making those comments well that was Miller & Ferraro who are the worse you can ever have for hockey because all they do is yap when the play is on about stats, colleges and you name it and hundreds of replays.
I hope you had a Merry Christmas and now have a Happy New Year. "Go Canada" !

Anonymous said...

Can WHL announce trade this week? Or, do they have to wait until WJHC is over? Thanks
BOBR

Anonymous said...

This tournament needs to go back to 6 teams making the knockout round, these round robin games are basically time filler.

Anonymous said...

that 100% should not have been a goal. Bad bad call. Good for Canada!

Anonymous said...

Not sure how the rule is worded but what I will say is the net being knocked out of place did not affect the play in any way. The shot was already made. The goal coming off did not affect the outcome but calling the goal off would have.

DJR

Anonymous said...

To Joey

It is Victor Mete that was loaned to team Canada from the Montreal Canadiens not Metis. Get it right man.

Anonymous said...

Kootenay just traded DeWitt to Victoria so I guess they can announce trades this week.

GO PATS!

Anonymous said...


Am I the only one who thinks Foote's play at the goal=line didn't matter because the puck was in? Looked across the line to me.