Finland Wins World Juniors
Finland won the World Junior Championships with a 3-2 overtime win over host country Sweden on Sunday.
Rasmus Ristolainen scored 9:42 into the extra frame; and Esa Lindell, Saku Maenalanen scored in regulation for the Finns; while Lucas Wallmark and Christian Djoos scored for the Swedes. Juuse Saros made 35 saves in the win; while Oscar Dansk stopped 28 of the 31 sent his way in the loss.
It is Finland’s first gold medal at the World Juniors since winning back to back gold in 1997 and 1998 and their first medal since winning bronze in 2006 in Vancouver, BC.
In the bronze medal game Russia nipped Canada 2-1. Mikhail Grigorenko and Eduard Gimatov scored for Russia; while Josh Morrissey potted the Canadian marker. Andrej Vasilevski made 30 saves in the win; while Zachary Fucale made 30 in the loss.
Following the gold medal game the awards were handed out.
The All-Star team consisted of:
Goal: Juuse Saros (FIN)
Defence: Nikita Zadorov (RUS); Rasmus Ristolainen (FIN)
Forward: Anthony Mantha (CAN); Teuvo Teräväinen (FIN); Filip Forsberg (SWE)
MVP: Filip Forsberg (SWE)
Goal: Oscar Dansk (SWE)
Defense: Rasmus Ristolainen (FIN)
Forward: Filip Forsberg (SWE)
Finland got to the gold medal game with a 5-1 win over Canada on Saturday. Teuvo Teravainen had a pair; while Artturi Lehkonen, Joni Nikko, and Ristolainen had singles for the Finns. Jonathan Drouin had the lone Canadian goal. Saros made 23 saves in the win; while Fucale stopped 18 in the loss.
Sweden made their way to the semis with a 2-1 win over Russia on Saturday thanks to goals from Forsberg and Oskar Sundqvist. Damir Zhafyarov scored for Russia. Dansk made 26 saves in the win; while Vasilevski made 19 in the loss.
In the final relegation game on Sunday Germany avoided relegation with a 3-1 win over Norway. Frederik Tiffels, Patrick Klopper, and Dominik Kauhn scored for Germany; while the Norwegian marker came from Magnus Fischer. Marvin Cupper made 34 saves in the win; while Joachim Svendsen made 23 in the loss.
The WJC This Week
Preliminary round play continued with four games on Monday.
Canada 5-Slovakia 3
Nic Petan scored two goals; while Lazar, Drouin, Anthony Mantha had singles for Canada. David Griger had a pair; and Martin Reway a single for the Slovaks.
Fucale made 19 saves in the win; while Samuel Baros made 44 in the loss.
Germany 3-Czech Republic 0
Kahun scored two goals; while Tiffels had a single; and Cupper made 40 saves in the win.
Marek Langhamer made 31 saves in the loss and was the Best Player for the Czechs.
Finland 4-Russia 1
Joni Nikko, Henrik Happala, Rasmus Kumala, and Maenalanen scored for Finland; and Saros made 28 saves. Valeri Vasiliev had Russia’s lone goal; and Ivan Nalimov made 27 saves.
Switzerland 3-Norway 2
Mirco Mueller; Fabrice Herzog; and Anthony Rouiller scored for Switzerland; and Nyffeller made 24 saves for the Swiss. Christoffer Rasch and Erlend Lesund had the Norwegian marker; and Svendsen made 35 saves.
Round robin play wrapped up with four games on Tuesday.
Canada 3 vs. United States 2
Petan, Lazar, and Connor McDavid scored for Canada; and Fucale made 24 saves and was Canada’s player of the game.
Mantha, Bo Horvat, Morrissey; and Drouin added assists.
Riley Barber and Stefan Matteau had the US goals.
Sweden 3 vs. Russia 2
Nick Sorensen; Andreas Johnson; and de la Rose scored for Sweden; while Dansk made 23 saves. Grigorenko and Alexander Barbanov scored for Russia; while Vasilveski made 29 saves.
Czech Republic 4 vs. Slovakia 1
David Pastrnak; Petr Sidlik ; Martin Prochazka; and Ondrej Case scored for the Czechs; while Jan Kostalek added one assist; and Marek Langhamer stopped 31 shots in the victory. Milan Kolena scored for the Slovaks; and Martin Reway had one assist with Richard Sabol and Sameul Barros combined for 24 saves in the loss.
Switzerland 4 vs. Finland 3 SO
Herzog; Flavio Schmutz; Nico Dunner; and Claude Paschoud scored for Switzerland. Paschound’s goal was the lone one scored in the shootout. Maenalanen; Ville Poka; and Aleksi Mustonen scored for the Finns; while Henri Ikonen had an assist.
Nyffeller made 37 saves in the win; while Saros and Ville Husso combined for 30 in the loss.
Playoff action got underway with one relegation round and four quarterfinal games on Thursday.
In the relegation round game Norway shut out Germany 3-0. Andreas Klavestad, Martin Ronnild, and Didrik Svendsen scored for the Norwegians. Joachim Svendsen made 29 saves in the win; while Marvin Cupper made 21 in the loss.
In the first quarterfinal game the defending champs USA went down to Russia 5-3. Nikita Zadarov and Pavel Buchnevich had two goals each; while Mikhail Grigorenko had a single for Russia. Nicolas Kerdiles, Ryan Hartman, and Stefan Matteau had the USA goals. Andrei Vasilevski made 30 saves in the win; while John Gilles stopped 20 of the 24 sent his way in the loss.
Finland skated to a 5-3 win over the Czech Republic. Scoring for the Finns were Saku Maenalen with a pair; while Juuso Ikonen, Saku Kinnunen, and Ikonen had singles for the Finns.
Canada skated to a 4-1 win over Switzerland as Reinhart, Lazar, Mantha, and Pouliot scored; and Zachary Fucale made 19 saves. Nico Dunner added the Swiss marker; and Nyffeler made 19 saves.
In the final quarter final game Sweden routed Slovakia 6-0. Filip Forsberg and Lucas Wallmark had two goals each; while Jacob de la Rose and Elias Lindholm had singles. Oscar Danse made 18 saves in the win; while Richard Sabol made 34 in the loss.
In the second relegation round game on Friday Germany edged Norway 4-3. Leon Draistaitl had two goals; while Markus Eisenschmid and Sven Ziegler had singles; while Tim Robin Johnsgard, Simen Nielsen, and Jorgen Karterud did the same for Norway. Cupper made 29 saves in the win; while Svendsen made 37 in the loss.
USA Wins World U17
On Saturday Team USA won the World U17 Challenge in Sydney, NS with a 4-0 shutout of Team Pacific.
Luke Kirwin had a pair; while Colin White and Christian Fischer had singles; while Michael Lackey made 12 saves. Zach Sawchenko made 48 in the loss.
It is their fourth title at the tournament.
The Americans made their way to the final with a 9-1 rout of Team Quebec on Saturday. White, Matthew Tkachuk, and Nicholas Boka had a pair each; while Auston Matthews, Jack Roslovic, and Michael Floodstrand had singles for the Americans; while Pascal Aquin had the lone Quebec goal. Lackey made 19 saves in the win; while Callum Booth and Olivier Tremblay combined for 37 in the loss.
In the bronze medal game Russia skated to a 6-2 win over Team Quebec. Artur Tyanulin, Mikhail Byakin, Aleksandr Zhebelev, Ivan Kashtanov, Ivan Emets, and Dmitry Zhukenov; while Matthew Boucher scored both Quebec markers. Nikita Kolesnikov made 35 saves in the loss; while Olivier Tremblay had 21 in the loss.
Team Pacific got to the finals with a 7-3 win over Russia. Matteo Gennaro had two goals; while Noah Juulsen, Ty Ronning, Nick Merkley, Giorgio Estephan, and Jansen Harkins had singles for Pacific; and Artur Tyanulin, Aleksandr Zhebelev, and Dmitry Zhukenov scored for Russia. Sawchenko made 29 saves in the win; while Ilya Samsonov stopped 47 of the 54 sent his way in the loss.
White finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 10 goals and eight assists in six games played; while Lackey finished as the top goalie with his 4-0-0-0 record, 0.75 GAA, and 0.958 SAV%.
Following the gold medal game the all-star team was announced.
2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge all-star team:
Goaltender: Michael Lackey (United States)
Defence: Noah Hanifin (United States); Jérémy Roy (Quebec)
Forward: Dylan Strome (Ontario); Artur Tyanulin (Russia); Colin White (United States)
This Week at the World U17
Preliminary round action continued with four games on Monday.
Pacific 6-West 3
Gennaro scored twice; while Brad Morrison, Estephan, Tyler Benson, and Tyler Soy scored for Pacific; and Sawchenko made 25 saves in the win. Colt Conrad had two; and Connor Hobbs had a single for West. Logan Flodell had 29 saves in the loss.
Ontario 5-Atlantic 1
Graham Knott had a pair of goals; while Hayden McCool, Dylan Strome, and Travis Konecny had singles as Ontario skated to a 5-1 win over Atlantic. Nicholas Welsh scored for Team Atlantic.
Troy Timpano made 22 saves in the win; while Blade Mann-Dixon made 27 in the loss.
Czech Republic 5-Quebec 1
Roman Dymacek had a pair; Simon Stransky, David Kase, and Josef Zajic had singles for the Czechs; while Anthony Beauvillier had the lone goal for Atlantic.
Ales Stezka made 25 saves in the win; while Booth had 32 in the loss.
USA 14-Germany 1
Kirwan and Jordan Greenway had hat tricks; White had a pair; and Jeremy Bracco, Charles McAvoy, Luke Kunin, Tkachuk, Christian Evers, and Dennis Yan had singles for the Americans; while Lois Spitzner scored for Germany.
Luke Opilka made 16 saves in the win; while Michael Boehm made 33 in the loss.
On Tuesday four more preliminary games took place.
In the first game Russia pulverized Germany 7-2. Artur Tyanulin had a pair; while Denis Alekseev, Denis Tsukanov, Ivan Emets, Denis Gurianov, and Dmitry Zhukenov had singles for the Russians; while Philipp Halbauer and Spitzner scored for Germany. Nikita Kolesnikov made 26 saves in the win; while Cody Brenner made 36 in the loss.
The Czech Republic got goals from David Kase who had a pair; while Daniel Krenzelok, Filip Chlapik, and Filip Dvorak had singles in their 5-2 win over Team West. Jayden Halbgewachs and Keegan Kolesar scored for Team West. Daniel Vladar made 32 saves in the win; while Tyson Verhelst had 13 in the loss.
The Americans routed Team Atlantic 9-1. White and Jeremy Bracco had two each; while Matthews, Kirwan, Luke Kunin, Christian Evers, and Christian Fischer had singles; while Lackey made 20 saves in the win. Kyle Ward scored for Team Atlantic; and Frederic Foulem made 46 saves in the loss.
In the final game of the day Sweden nipped Team Quebec 3-2 in a shootout. Oliver Erixon and and Joel Ek Eriksson scored for the Swedes in regulation; while Nicolas Roy and Beauvillier did the same for Quebec. Felix Sandström made 49 saves in the win; and Tremblay made 41 in the loss.
Preliminary round action continued with four games on Wednesday.
Atlantic edged Germany 4-3. Lane Cormier, Alexandre Jacob, Nathan Noel, and Kyle Ward all scored for Atlantic; and Jakob Mayenschein, and Spitzner scored for Germany. Mann-Dixon made 29 saves for Team Atlantic in the win; while Michael Boehm had 22 in the loss for Germany.
Troy Murray and Jackson Keane scored in the shootout for Team West; and Keegan Kolesar and Connor Hobbs had regulation goals as Team West nipped Sweden 3-2. John Dahlström and Filip Ahl scored for Sweden. Logan Flodell had 38 saves in the win; while Rasmus Hedström made 38 in the loss.
Another game ended in a shootout as Russia edged Ontario 6-5. Scoring in the shootout for Russia was Ivan Kashtanov; while Danila Kvartalnov, Artur Tyanulin, Ivan Emets, Denis Gurianov, and Kashtanov scored in regulation. Mitchell Marner had the hat trick; while Kyle Capobianco and Dylan Strome scored for Ontario. Ilya Samsonov made 31 saves in the win; while Troy Timpano and Ben Blacker combined for 28 in the loss.
In the final game of the day Pacific got goals from Ty Ronning, Glenn Gawdin, Giorgio Estephan, and Tyler Soy in their 4-1 win over the Czech Republic. Simon Stransky had the lone Czech marker. Zach Sawchenko had 29 saves in the win; while Daniel Vladar made 31 in the loss.
In addition to the two semi-final games two placement games took place on Friday.
Ontario took fifth place with a 6-3 win over Sweden. Stome and Lawson Crouse had a pair each; while Mitchel Vande Sompel and Brett McKenzie had singles for Ontario. Lucas Carlsson, Rasmus Asplund, and Anton Kalte had the Swedish markers. Timpano and Blackler combined for 21 saves in the win; while Felix Sandström had 36 in the loss.
Team West finished ninth with a 4-3 win over Germany. Ryan Gardiner, Jesse Gabrielle, Colt Conrad, and Keane scored for West; while Germany’s goals came from Simon Schuetz, Julian Napravnik, and Dimitri Komnik. Logan Flodell made 23 saves in the win; while Brenner had 24 in the loss.
In the seventh place game on Saturday Vojtech Budik had the game winner at the 5:36 mark of the third as the Czech Republic edged Team Atlantic 3-2. Filip Suchy and Simon Stransky had the other two Czech goals; and Alexandre Jacob Nathan Noel scored for Team Atlantic. Ales Stezka made 25 saves in the win; while Frederic Foulem had 33 in the loss.
Phaneuf, Whitney, and Culkin Are Telus Three Stars
Shawinigan netminder Storm Phaneuf; Victoriavile goalie Brandon Whitney; and Quebec rearguard Ryan Culkin are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending January 5th, 2014.
Phaneuf went 1-0-1-0 with a 1.92 SAV%; and 0.954 SAV% this past weekend. He made 33 saves and was the first star of the game as the Cataractes skated to a 4-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday and followed that up with 52 more saves and another first star of the game honors as Shawinigan was edged 3-2 by Gatineau in a shootout on Sunday.
Whitney had 23 saves as Victoriaville began their week with a 3-2 loss to Chicoutimi on Friday and finished with 45 more and the first star of the game award in the 4-0 shutout of Moncton on Saturday. He went 1-1-0-0 with a 1.51 GAA; and 0.958 SAV%.
Culkin began the week with two goals and was the game’s first star as Quebec edged Drummondville 3-2 on Friday. He had another two assists and was the third star in the 6-3 win over Sherbrooke on Sunday.
Dubeau, Duclair and Gélinas Are December’s Best; Dubeau Is CHL Goalie of the Month
Moncton Wildcat’s goalie Alex Dubeau; Duclair; and Val-d’Or Foreurs’ rearguard Guillaume Gelinas are the three stars of the month for December.
Dubeau won nine of the 10 games that he started; finished with a 2.28 GAA, and 0.935 SAV%. For his efforts he is also the CHL Goalie of the Month for December.
Duclair found the back of the net nine times; helped out on 13 more; and finished a +8.
Gelinas scored once; lent a helping hand on 16 more; and finished a +7.
Dunn Suspended Five Games
On Tuesday the League announced that Gatineau’s Vincent Dunn would receive a five game suspension for hitting a Blainville-Boisbriand player from behind on December 28th.
It happened when the Armada player was fighting a Gatineau player on the boards at the faceoff level in the Blainville-Boisbriand zone and was stooped over with his head at the top of the boards. Dunn was near the goal and took three to four strides, glided for several feet, and hit the player who was in a vulnerable position and unable to see him. Dunn headed towards the player at an angle and hit his upper body and head at the same time forcefully making no effort to minimize the contact or play the puck. This is not Dunn’s first offense.
With information from the QMJHL
Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10
When the CHL announced the top 10 rankings last Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the cut.
Blainville-Boisbriand remained at third; Baie-Comeau dropped one spot to eighth; and Drummondville finished ninth.
Val-d’Or was an honorable mention
BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 15
1 Kelowna Rockets (31-3-0-2)
2 Erie Otters (30-7-1-0)
3 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (26-6-4-3)
4 Guelph Storm (28-7-2-1)
5 Portland Winterhawks (25-9-2-2)
6 London Knights (27-7-1-3)
7 Calgary Hitmen (24-8-2-3)
8 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (24-11-1-3)
9 Drummondville Voltigeurs (26-11-1-1)
10 Oshawa Generals (26-10-0-3)
Honourable Mention: Val-d’Or Foreurs (26-13-1-0); Victoria Royals (27-13-0-2); Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (26-8-1-3)
The Games This Week
Action resumed with six games in the League on Friday.
Cape Breton got goals from Kyle Farrell, Timothe Simard, Bronson Beaton, Jeremy Beaudry, and William Carrier in their 5-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst. Grant Janes and Scott Oke scored for the Titan.
Sebastien Sylvestre, Carl Tremblay, and Thomas Gobeil scored for Chicoutimi; while Angelo Miceli and Carl Marois added the Victoriaville goals as the Sagueneens nipped the Tigres 3-2.
Felix Girard scored the game winner 7:29 into the third as Baie-Comeau nipped Blainville-Boisbriand 4-3. Nicolas Leblond, Alexandre Ranger, and Gabriel Verppaelst had the other goals; while Ryan Tesink, Christopher Clapperton, and Marcus Hinds did the deed for the Armada.
Culkin scored twice; and Anthony Duclair had a single as Quebec edged Shawinigan 3-2. Matthew Boudens and Jerome Verrier scored for the Cataractes.
Emile Poirier had the hat trick; while Derek Sheppard, Adam Stevens, Taylor Burke, Mickael Beauregard, and Jonathan Bourcier had singles as Gatineau doubled Sherbrooke 8-4. Mitchell Lundholm, Simon Desbiens, Daniel Audette, and Jean-Francois Plante had singles for the Phoenix.
Anthony Chapados, Anthony DeLuca, Peter Trainor, Guillaume McSween, and Michael Joly scored for Rimouski as the Oceanic skated to a 5-3 win over Val-d’Or. Anthony Richard, Anthoni Nadeau, and Timotej Sille scored for the Foreurs.
Six more games were played Saturday.
Mathieu Ayott, Carl-Antoine Deslisle, Miceli, and Gabriel Gagne scored for Victoriaville in their 4-0 shutout of Baie-Comeau.
Danick Martel had two goals; and Frederic Bergeron had a singles as Blainville-Boisbriand skated to a 3-1 win over Chicoutimi. William Gignac scored for the Sagueneens.
Joly had a pair; while Samuel Morin and Dominic Beauchemin had singles as Rimouski completed the sweep of Val-d’Or with a 4-1 win. Richard had the lone Foreurs’ goal.
Alexandre Grand-Maison had two goals; while Dylan Labbe and Alex D’Aoust had singles as Shawinigan doubled Rouyn-Noranda 4-2. Jean-Sebastien Dea and Liam O’Brien scored for the Huskies.
Josh Pugsley scored twice; while JC Campagna, Stephen Johnson, and Christopher Caissy had singles for Moncton as the Wildcats skated to a 5-3 win over Cape Breton. Jeremy Beaudry had two; and Bronson Beaton had a single for the Screaming Eagles.
Darcy Ashley had two goals; while Nikolaj Ehlers, Luca Ciampini, and Timo Meier had singles as Halifax skated to aa 5-3 win over Saint John. Marcus Cuomo, Noah Zilbert, and Nicolas Hebert had the Sea Dogs’ markers.
The weekend finished off with five games on Sunday.
Charlottetown got goals from Daniel Sprong, Spenser Cobbold, Matthew Cusson, and Alexandre Goulet in their 4-1 win over Moncton. Caissy was the Wildcats’ lone goal scorer.
Matthew Highmore’s goal 15:08 into the first was the game winner as Saint John nipped Acadie-Bathurst 2-1. Stephen Anderson had the other goal for the Sea Dogs; while Raphael Lafontaine scored for the Titan.
Olivier Archambault had a pair of goals; while Duclair, Adam Chapman, Adam Erne, and Zachery Moody had singles as Quebec doubled Sherbrooke 6-3. Simon Desbiens, Carl Neil, and Tim Wieser added the Phoenix markers.
Rouyn-Noranda got goals from Francis Beauvillier who had the hat trick; and Marcus Power and Quinn O’Brien had singles as the Huskies got past Drummondville 5-3. Joey Ratelle, Nikilas Brouillard, and Frederick Gaudreau scored for the Voltigeurs.
Gatineau needed a shootout to get past Shawinigan 3-2. Scoring for the Olympiques in regulation were Sheppard and Simon Tardif-Richard; while Bourcier, Sheppard, and Elie Berube had the shootout markers. Grand-Maison and Alex Pawelczyk scored for the Cataractes; and Alexandre Delisle-Houde and Emmanuel Aucoin had the shootout markers.
Blainville-Boisbriand continues to lead both the Telus West and overall standings with their 27-8-4-3 record and 61 points; while Rimouski leads the Telus East Division with 55 points (24-11-3-4); and Halifax is the Telus Maritimes Division leader as they have won 26 contests, lost 15, with no overtime losses, and one shootout loss for 53 points.
Among skaters Val-d’Or forward Anthony Mantha is tops with his 35 goals and 38 assists in 32 games places him tops; while Duclair has found the back of the net on 35 occasions and lent a helping hand on 28 more in the 40 contests that he has skated in; and Power rounds out the top three with 63 points (20G, 43A) in 40 games.
Between the pipes Baie-Comeau’s Philippe Cadorette is the top netminder with his 19-9-1-1 record; 2.46 GAA; and 0.906 SAV%. Backstopping his way into second place is Halifax’s Zachary Fucale who has won 19 games; while losing seven; with no overtime losses; and one shootout loss; a goals against average of 2.51; and 0.902 SAV%. Moncton’s Alex Dubeau (22-16-0-2, 2.57 GAA, and 0.919 SAV%) rounds out the top three.