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Canada wins wild OT game over Finland while USA beats Sweden at World Junior Summer Showcase

by Ryan J. Harr

8/2/17



Plymouth, Mich. – Team Canada and Finland needed overtime to settle their game on Wednesday in the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase. Meanwhile, Team USA defeated Sweden in the second game of the day at USA Hockey Arena.

There was plenty of drama in Canada’s 6-5 overtime win over the Finns.

With under five minutes remaining in the third period, the Canadians found themselves trailing 4-2. Matthew Phillips (CGY, 2016) scored his first of the game with 4:07 left and then with 2:25 remaining and the extra attacker on, Cliff Pu (BUF, 2016) tied it up when he redirected a shot in behind goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (BUF, 2017).

Phillips then tallied again with 1:38 left to give Canada a 5-4 lead when he tucked the puck in from behind the net.

However, it wasn’t over yet. Janne Kuokkanen (CAR, 2016) evened the score, forcing overtime.



Michael McLeod (NJD, 2016) then played the role of hero, scoring 2:39 into the extra period to give Canada the win.

Phillips, Josh Mahura (ANA, 2016), Dante Fabbro (NSH, 2016) and Matthew Phillips (CGY, 2016) all recorded a two-point efforts for Canada. Netminders Stuart Skinner (EDM, 2017) and Dylan Wells (EDM, 2016) split time in the crease. Wells earned the victory, stopping 22 of the 23 shots he faced.

Five different Finnish players – Kuokkanen, Robin Salo (NYI, 2017), Otto Koivula (NYI, 2016), Jere Innala (2018 Draft Eligible), Jerry Turkulainen (2018 Draft Eligible) – recorded a goal in Wednesday’s contest. “Today’s game had a lot of ups and downs,” Canada head coach Dominique Ducharme said. “We had a good first period and start of the third, but then we got away from our game a little bit in the second half of the final period. However, I liked our push at the end to come out with the win.”


U.S Stages Comeback in 3-2 Win Over Sweden

The U.S. trailed Sweden 1-0 after the first period despite holding a 14-3 shot advantage, but rallied for a 3-2 victory to cap off Wednesday’s action at the Summer Showcase.

Casey Mittelstadt (BUF, 2017) recorded a pair of helpers in the win while Quinn Hughes (2018 Draft Eligible), Riley Tufte (DAL, 2016) and Kailer Yamamoto (EDM, 2017) each lit the lamp. In a duel effort, Keith Petruzzelli (DET, 2017) and Dylan St. Cyr (2018 Draft Eligible) stopped 36 of 38 shots.

Sweden was paced by forward Lias Andersson’s (NYR, 2017) two goals while Filip Larsson (PIT, 2016) drew the start in the crease, making 19 saves.

During the opening 20 minutes, the Americans carried much of the play, but Andersson’s first tally of the night gave the Swedes a 1-0 lead going into the break.

“Sweden has a really good team,” Mittelstadt said. “We had some chances in the first period, but were not able to capitalize on them. In the second, we pushed back and were able to grab the lead so it was a good comeback win.”

The Americans tied the game 5:16 into the middle stanza as Tufte was left all alone in front of Larsson.

With the puck in the right-wing corner, Logan Brown (OTT, 2016) drew the attention of the Swedish defenders, leaving Tufte open in the middle of the ice. The forward fired a slap shot past Larsson and tied the game 1-1.

Five minutes later, the Americans took their first lead of the contest on Yamamoto’s goal at the 10:11 mark of the period. After Phil Kemp’s (EDM, 2017) shot was blocked from the right point, the puck made its way across the ice to Yamamoto, who one-timed it from the left faceoff dot.

Despite seeing their lead dissipate, the Swedes answered when Andersson again found the back of the net. He pounced on a rebound to knock it in past the outstretched leg of St. Cyr with 7:31 left in the second.

Prior to the end of the period though, Team USA regained the lead on Hughes point shot at the 14:10 mark. Mittelstadt and Kieffer Bellows (NYI, 2016) teamed up for the assists on the power-play marker. It proved to be the game-winner.

“Casey is a great player,” said Hughes. “Any time with you play with a player of his skill, he makes the game much easier. The entire power-play unit really did a great job as we were able to generate some chances and the forwards providing a screen in front of the net.”

St. Cyr stopped the final 15 shots he faced in the third and preserve the victory for the U.S.

Action at the Summer Showcase resumes on Friday when Canada takes on Sweden at 1 p.m., followed by Finland and the U.S. at 4 p.m.

Both games will be televised live on NHL Network (U.S.) and TSN (Canada).


About the World Junior Summer Showcase

This is the second consecutive year that USA Hockey Arena has hosted the World Junior Summer Showcase, which features some of the top players under the age of 20 from the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden. In total, the week-long event will include 12 international competitions between the four nations.

Players are auditioning for a spot to represent their respective countries in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will take place Dec. 26, 2017 through Jan. 5, 2018 in Buffalo.

Canada wins wild OT game over Finland while USA beats Sweden at World Junior Summer Showcase

by Ryan J. Harr

8/2/17



Plymouth, Mich. – Team Canada and Finland needed overtime to settle their game on Wednesday in the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase. Meanwhile, Team USA defeated Sweden in the second game of the day at USA Hockey Arena.

There was plenty of drama in Canada’s 6-5 overtime win over the Finns.

With under five minutes remaining in the third period, the Canadians found themselves trailing 4-2. Matthew Phillips (CGY, 2016) scored his first of the game with 4:07 left and then with 2:25 remaining and the extra attacker on, Cliff Pu (BUF, 2016) tied it up when he redirected a shot in behind goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (BUF, 2017).

Phillips then tallied again with 1:38 left to give Canada a 5-4 lead when he tucked the puck in from behind the net.

However, it wasn’t over yet. Janne Kuokkanen (CAR, 2016) evened the score, forcing overtime.



Michael McLeod (NJD, 2016) then played the role of hero, scoring 2:39 into the extra period to give Canada the win.

Phillips, Josh Mahura (ANA, 2016), Dante Fabbro (NSH, 2016) and Matthew Phillips (CGY, 2016) all recorded a two-point efforts for Canada. Netminders Stuart Skinner (EDM, 2017) and Dylan Wells (EDM, 2016) split time in the crease. Wells earned the victory, stopping 22 of the 23 shots he faced.

Five different Finnish players – Kuokkanen, Robin Salo (NYI, 2017), Otto Koivula (NYI, 2016), Jere Innala (2018 Draft Eligible), Jerry Turkulainen (2018 Draft Eligible) – recorded a goal in Wednesday’s contest. “Today’s game had a lot of ups and downs,” Canada head coach Dominique Ducharme said. “We had a good first period and start of the third, but then we got away from our game a little bit in the second half of the final period. However, I liked our push at the end to come out with the win.”


U.S Stages Comeback in 3-2 Win Over Sweden

The U.S. trailed Sweden 1-0 after the first period despite holding a 14-3 shot advantage, but rallied for a 3-2 victory to cap off Wednesday’s action at the Summer Showcase.

Casey Mittelstadt (BUF, 2017) recorded a pair of helpers in the win while Quinn Hughes (2018 Draft Eligible), Riley Tufte (DAL, 2016) and Kailer Yamamoto (EDM, 2017) each lit the lamp. In a duel effort, Keith Petruzzelli (DET, 2017) and Dylan St. Cyr (2018 Draft Eligible) stopped 36 of 38 shots.

Sweden was paced by forward Lias Andersson’s (NYR, 2017) two goals while Filip Larsson (PIT, 2016) drew the start in the crease, making 19 saves.

During the opening 20 minutes, the Americans carried much of the play, but Andersson’s first tally of the night gave the Swedes a 1-0 lead going into the break.

“Sweden has a really good team,” Mittelstadt said. “We had some chances in the first period, but were not able to capitalize on them. In the second, we pushed back and were able to grab the lead so it was a good comeback win.”

The Americans tied the game 5:16 into the middle stanza as Tufte was left all alone in front of Larsson.

With the puck in the right-wing corner, Logan Brown (OTT, 2016) drew the attention of the Swedish defenders, leaving Tufte open in the middle of the ice. The forward fired a slap shot past Larsson and tied the game 1-1.

Five minutes later, the Americans took their first lead of the contest on Yamamoto’s goal at the 10:11 mark of the period. After Phil Kemp’s (EDM, 2017) shot was blocked from the right point, the puck made its way across the ice to Yamamoto, who one-timed it from the left faceoff dot.

Despite seeing their lead dissipate, the Swedes answered when Andersson again found the back of the net. He pounced on a rebound to knock it in past the outstretched leg of St. Cyr with 7:31 left in the second.

Prior to the end of the period though, Team USA regained the lead on Hughes point shot at the 14:10 mark. Mittelstadt and Kieffer Bellows (NYI, 2016) teamed up for the assists on the power-play marker. It proved to be the game-winner.

“Casey is a great player,” said Hughes. “Any time with you play with a player of his skill, he makes the game much easier. The entire power-play unit really did a great job as we were able to generate some chances and the forwards providing a screen in front of the net.”

St. Cyr stopped the final 15 shots he faced in the third and preserve the victory for the U.S.

Action at the Summer Showcase resumes on Friday when Canada takes on Sweden at 1 p.m., followed by Finland and the U.S. at 4 p.m.

Both games will be televised live on NHL Network (U.S.) and TSN (Canada).


About the World Junior Summer Showcase

This is the second consecutive year that USA Hockey Arena has hosted the World Junior Summer Showcase, which features some of the top players under the age of 20 from the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden. In total, the week-long event will include 12 international competitions between the four nations.

Players are auditioning for a spot to represent their respective countries in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will take place Dec. 26, 2017 through Jan. 5, 2018 in Buffalo.