FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Team Finland improved to 2-1 after a 6-1 thrashing of Sweden on Tuesday afternoon at the North Peace Arena.
The Swede’s would open the scoring thanks to a goal by Max Wahlgren who was set up by Joel Wahlgren. Sweden took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission after a lackluster opening period from the Fin’s.
In the middle stanza the Fin’s tied up the score at 1-1 after Henri Nikkanen found the net after a great individual effort at 10:18 into the period. Exactly eight minutes later Wiljami Myllyla beat the Swedish goaltender to make it 2-1. Santuu Hakanen and Jusso Parssinen were the setup tandem. The Fin’s skated into the locker room after 40 minutes of play, up 2-1.
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Finland dominated play in the third frame, as four different players have found twine. Patrik Puistola on the powerplay scored at 8:35 of the third to give the Fin’s a 3-1 lead. Kalle Loponen and Leevi Aaltonen got the assists. Not even three minutes later Mikko Petman made it 4-1 after depositing a feed from Patrik Puistola. Two twenty-six after that Henri Nikkanen made it 5-1 as Puistola got his third point of the period. Mikko Petman had the other helper. Anton Lundell rounded out the scoring as he scored Finland’s sixth goal. Veeti Miettinen had the lone assist.
Patrick Puistola had 3 points and Henri Nikkanen and Mikko Petman each chipped in with a goal and an assist.
Netminder Kari Piiroinen stopped 32 of 33 shots he faced for Finland. Hugo Alnefelt made 36 of 42 saves.
In Dawson Creek, Team Canada White beat up the Czech Republic by a score of 7-2.
Jakob Pelletier opened the scoring 3:52 into the first frame to make it 1-0. Ethan Keppen and Graeme Clarke had the helpers. Ethan Keppen would get his second point of the period after a goal at 17:11 with Jaxon Bellamy and Graeme Clarke were the setup tandem on the 2-0 goal.
The Canadians didn’t let up in the middle frame as Jake Lee scored on the power play at 14:27, Graeme Clarke got his first assist of the period on Lee’s 3-0 marker. Almost four minutes later Jakob Pelletier scored his second of the night off a feed from Graeme Clarke who had four assists on the night. Braden Schneider had the other helper on the 4-0 tally. Finally, Connor McMichael found the net to make it 5-0 just before the end of the second period.
The Czech’s broke the goose egg at 7:23 of the third period after Martin Lang scored on the power play, Simon Kubicek and Filip Prikryl had the helpers on the 5-1 goal. However, thirteen seconds later Canada white forward Joe Carroll beat the Czech netminder for the 6-1 goal after taking the feed from Thomas Pelletier and Nathan Staios. Lang got another one back for the visitors once again on the powerplay. Filip Prikryl and Simon Kubicek were the setup tandem on the 6-2 Braden marker at 15:16. Schneider made it 7-2 with just under two minutes remaining as Nathan Staios and Ethan Keppen set him up.
Goaltender Taylor Gauthier made 25 of 27 saves for the Canadians. The Czech Republic netminding duo made 28 0f 35 saves.
Graeme Clarke led all skaters with four helpers. Ethan Keppen had three points in the win.