Canada beats Sweden while Team USA rallies back against Finland at World Junior Summer Showcase

by Ryan J. Harr

8/4/17



Plymouth, Mich. – Action resumed at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase on Friday at USA Hockey Arena as Canada roughed up Sweden 7-4 while Team USA battled back to beat Finland 4-3.

Canada was led by Jordan Kyrou’s (STL, 2016) three-point night (2+1). Sam Steele (DET, 2016) and Nick Suzuki (ANA, 2016) also had a pair points in the victory. Jonathan Ang (FLA, 2016), Cale Makar (COL, 2017), Logan Stanley (WPG, 2016) and Matthew Phillips (CGY, 2016) capped off the scoring for the Canadians.

Michael DiPietro (VAN, 2017) started in goal and made 14 saves before giving way to Carter Hart (PHI, 2016), who recorded the win after stopping 12 of the 14 shots he faced.

Lias Andersson (NYR, 2017), Axel Jonsson Fjallby (WSH, 2016) Timothy Liljegren (TOR, 2017) and Fredrik Karlstrom (DAL, 2016) all recorded goals for Sweden. Goaltender Filip Gustavsson (PIT, 2016) made 19 saves in the loss.

Sweden grabbed its third lead of the game two minutes into the third period, but Canada scored four unanswered goals to close out the game.



“It was not perfect,” Team Canada head coach Dominique Ducharme said. “For a summer league game, the game had really good a pace. We are pleased with the effort our guys gave and we – as a staff – are pretty happy.”

Canada has made a habit of falling behind early in the showcase, giving up the opening goal in all three games they’ve played.

“We never want to be trailing in any game,” Steele said. “When were down by a goal twice in the game, guys never quit and it is good to comeback and earn the win today.”

USA Rallies to Defeat Finland

Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017), who assisted on each of Team USA’s goals, and Adam Fox (CGY, 2016), who chipped in a pair of goals, helped lead Team USA to their 4-3 win over the Finns. Riley Tufte (DAL, 2016) scored the game-winning goal while Jake Oettinger (DAL, 2017) preserved the win, stopping 37 of 40 shots.

Robin Salo (NYI, 2017), Otto Koivula (NYI, 2016) and Janne Kuokkanen (CAR, 2016) scored for Finland. Netminder Lassi Lehtinen (2018 Draft Eligible) had 17 saves.

In the second game of the afternoon, the U.S. could not have asked for a better start. They jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 3:46 in the first period thanks to a tally from Fox. However, the Finns took control of the second period.

The U.S. was outshot 15-6 in the middle frame and headed into the dressing room down 3-2.

“I think we got a little lazy in the second period,” Fox, who added his second goal late in the second, said. “We were not really doing the things that we need to do to be successful, and Finland was able to take advantage. However, in the third we were able to get back to our game plan and the momentum turned in our favor.”

The U.S. was able to build off that late goal by Fox and eventually tied the game midway through the third, courtesy of Tufte.

On the power play less than three minutes later, Farrance gathered the puck after a Finnish clear and went coast-to-coast, using a burst of speed to get around the defense and slip the puck in behind Lehtinen for what stood to be the game-winner.

“That was a pretty crazy goal,” U.S. head coach Bob Motzko said with a laugh. “At first we saw it, but had to watch the replay to confirm what actually did happen.”

Finland, however, did not go away quietly as they had a six-on-four man-advantage for the final 69 seconds. While on the power play, they pulled Lehtinen, but the Americans held off the attack to claim victory.

Saturday marks the final day of the showcase. Sweden will face off with Finland at 4 p.m. and then Team USA and Canada will clash at 7 p.m. in a rematch of the 2017 World Junior Championship gold-medal game. Both games will be televised live on NHL Network.


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 beats Sweden while Team USA rallies back against Finland at World Junior Summer Showcase

by Ryan J. Harr

8/4/17



Plymouth, Mich. – Action resumed at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase on Friday at USA Hockey Arena as Canada roughed up Sweden 7-4 while Team USA battled back to beat Finland 4-3.

Canada was led by Jordan Kyrou’s (STL, 2016) three-point night (2+1). Sam Steele (DET, 2016) and Nick Suzuki (ANA, 2016) also had a pair points in the victory. Jonathan Ang (FLA, 2016), Cale Makar (COL, 2017), Logan Stanley (WPG, 2016) and Matthew Phillips (CGY, 2016) capped off the scoring for the Canadians.

Michael DiPietro (VAN, 2017) started in goal and made 14 saves before giving way to Carter Hart (PHI, 2016), who recorded the win after stopping 12 of the 14 shots he faced.

Lias Andersson (NYR, 2017), Axel Jonsson Fjallby (WSH, 2016) Timothy Liljegren (TOR, 2017) and Fredrik Karlstrom (DAL, 2016) all recorded goals for Sweden. Goaltender Filip Gustavsson (PIT, 2016) made 19 saves in the loss.

Sweden grabbed its third lead of the game two minutes into the third period, but Canada scored four unanswered goals to close out the game.



“It was not perfect,” Team Canada head coach Dominique Ducharme said. “For a summer league game, the game had really good a pace. We are pleased with the effort our guys gave and we – as a staff – are pretty happy.”

Canada has made a habit of falling behind early in the showcase, giving up the opening goal in all three games they’ve played.

“We never want to be trailing in any game,” Steele said. “When were down by a goal twice in the game, guys never quit and it is good to comeback and earn the win today.”

USA Rallies to Defeat Finland

Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017), who assisted on each of Team USA’s goals, and Adam Fox (CGY, 2016), who chipped in a pair of goals, helped lead Team USA to their 4-3 win over the Finns. Riley Tufte (DAL, 2016) scored the game-winning goal while Jake Oettinger (DAL, 2017) preserved the win, stopping 37 of 40 shots.

Robin Salo (NYI, 2017), Otto Koivula (NYI, 2016) and Janne Kuokkanen (CAR, 2016) scored for Finland. Netminder Lassi Lehtinen (2018 Draft Eligible) had 17 saves.

In the second game of the afternoon, the U.S. could not have asked for a better start. They jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 3:46 in the first period thanks to a tally from Fox. However, the Finns took control of the second period.

The U.S. was outshot 15-6 in the middle frame and headed into the dressing room down 3-2.

“I think we got a little lazy in the second period,” Fox, who added his second goal late in the second, said. “We were not really doing the things that we need to do to be successful, and Finland was able to take advantage. However, in the third we were able to get back to our game plan and the momentum turned in our favor.”

The U.S. was able to build off that late goal by Fox and eventually tied the game midway through the third, courtesy of Tufte.

On the power play less than three minutes later, Farrance gathered the puck after a Finnish clear and went coast-to-coast, using a burst of speed to get around the defense and slip the puck in behind Lehtinen for what stood to be the game-winner.

“That was a pretty crazy goal,” U.S. head coach Bob Motzko said with a laugh. “At first we saw it, but had to watch the replay to confirm what actually did happen.”

Finland, however, did not go away quietly as they had a six-on-four man-advantage for the final 69 seconds. While on the power play, they pulled Lehtinen, but the Americans held off the attack to claim victory.

Saturday marks the final day of the showcase. Sweden will face off with Finland at 4 p.m. and then Team USA and Canada will clash at 7 p.m. in a rematch of the 2017 World Junior Championship gold-medal game. Both games will be televised live on NHL Network.


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.