2017 World Junior Summer Showcase concludes with rivalry games

by Ryan J. Harr

8/5/17



Plymouth, Mich. – Two classic rivalry matches set up the final day of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Summer Showcase at USA Hockey Arena. Sweden came away with a 6-5 overtime victory over Finland on Saturday, and then Team USA defeated Canada 7-5 in a rematch of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship’s gold-medal game.

In the first game of the day, Oskar Steen (BOS, 2016) recorded a game-best four goals for Sweden while Erik Bannstrom (VGK, 2017) chipped in with a pair of assists in the victory. Tim Soderlund (CHI, 2017) scored the overtime winner to go with his two helpers. Jesper Boqvist (NJD, 2017) rounded out the scoring. Filip Larsson (DET, 2016) stopped 26 of 31 shots in a winning effort.

Joni Ikonen (MTL, 2017) scored three power-play goals for Finland while Aarne Talvitie (NJD, 2017) and Juha Jaaska (2018 Draft Eligible) capped off the scoring. Goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (BUF, 2017) made 26 saves.

Ikonen tied the game 5-5 in the final minute of regulation while on the power play with the extra attacker on.

Sweden struck 2:58 into the overtime frame to earn the decision and improve to 2-3-0 in the showcase. Finland was unable to pick up a win during the week-long event, finishing 0-3-2.

“It was a tough game,” Ikonen said. “We had some good chances, but just could not capitalize on a few occasions. Any time we play Sweden, it is a lot of fun. We have a good rivalry against them, but it would have been better to come out with a win.”



USA Tops Canada with 7-5 Victory to Close Out Showcase

A sold-out USA Hockey Arena served as the setting for the final game of the showcase.

Adam Fox (CGY, 2016) led the U.S to the victory with a tournament-high five points (1+4) while Joey Anderson (NDJ, 2016) recorded a four-point outing that including a hat trick – the tournament’s third of the night. Patrick Harper (NSH, 2016) and Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017) rounded out the scoring for the Americans with a goal and an assist each. Joseph Woll (TOR, 2016) drew the nod in the crease, making 16 saves.

For the second straight contest, Sam Steel (ANA, 2016) led the Canadian offense, potting a goal and adding two assists. Pierre-Luc Dubois (CBJ, 2016), Jonah Gadjovich (VAN, 2017), Jordan Kyrou (STL, 2016), and Givani Smith (DET, 2016) also scored for Canada. Carter Hart (EDM, 2016) started the game in goal before Dylan Wells (PHI, 2016) took over the goaltender duties halfway through.

“It was a fast-paced game,” Cliff Pu (BUF, 2016) said. “It had the feel of what a potential game in December or January could feel like. It was a hard-fought game with two really good hockey teams, despite it only being August.”

The Americans grabbed a 3-2 lead 1:23 into the middle stanza on Anderson’s second power-play marker of the contest before Kailer Yamamoto (EDM, 2017) doubled the U.S. lead at the 9:14 mark.

Canada however responded when Dubois tallied the game’s fifth power-play goal to cut Team USA’s lead to 4-3 after 40 minutes of action.

The U.S. power play then continued to click and helped open up the game. The Americans scored inside the first minute of the third when Harper chipped in a power-play goal and then Poehling gave the Americans their fourth marker with the man advantage at the 6:42 mark.

“We held a players-only meeting before the tournament,” Harper said. “We talked about special teams being about 25 percent of the game. If you can win that battle, you will win a quarter of the game so it is a huge momentum swing anytime you can win that.”

Canada made it a one-goal game with seven minutes to play in regulation as they scored a pair of goals but Anderson sealed the win in the final minute with an empty netter with 48 seconds remaining.

“This was a big way to end the tournament,” Casey Mittelstadt (BUF, 2017), said. “Anytime we can beat Canada, it will always be a big win no matter if it’s in the middle of summer or if a gold medal is on the line. We respect Canada, but it was a good win tonight to cap off an outstanding week for us as a team moving forward.”


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.

2017 World Junior Summer Showcase concludes with rivalry games

by Ryan J. Harr

8/5/17



Plymouth, Mich. – Two classic rivalry matches set up the final day of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Summer Showcase at USA Hockey Arena. Sweden came away with a 6-5 overtime victory over Finland on Saturday, and then Team USA defeated Canada 7-5 in a rematch of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship’s gold-medal game.

In the first game of the day, Oskar Steen (BOS, 2016) recorded a game-best four goals for Sweden while Erik Bannstrom (VGK, 2017) chipped in with a pair of assists in the victory. Tim Soderlund (CHI, 2017) scored the overtime winner to go with his two helpers. Jesper Boqvist (NJD, 2017) rounded out the scoring. Filip Larsson (DET, 2016) stopped 26 of 31 shots in a winning effort.

Joni Ikonen (MTL, 2017) scored three power-play goals for Finland while Aarne Talvitie (NJD, 2017) and Juha Jaaska (2018 Draft Eligible) capped off the scoring. Goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (BUF, 2017) made 26 saves.

Ikonen tied the game 5-5 in the final minute of regulation while on the power play with the extra attacker on.

Sweden struck 2:58 into the overtime frame to earn the decision and improve to 2-3-0 in the showcase. Finland was unable to pick up a win during the week-long event, finishing 0-3-2.

“It was a tough game,” Ikonen said. “We had some good chances, but just could not capitalize on a few occasions. Any time we play Sweden, it is a lot of fun. We have a good rivalry against them, but it would have been better to come out with a win.”



USA Tops Canada with 7-5 Victory to Close Out Showcase

A sold-out USA Hockey Arena served as the setting for the final game of the showcase.

Adam Fox (CGY, 2016) led the U.S to the victory with a tournament-high five points (1+4) while Joey Anderson (NDJ, 2016) recorded a four-point outing that including a hat trick – the tournament’s third of the night. Patrick Harper (NSH, 2016) and Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017) rounded out the scoring for the Americans with a goal and an assist each. Joseph Woll (TOR, 2016) drew the nod in the crease, making 16 saves.

For the second straight contest, Sam Steel (ANA, 2016) led the Canadian offense, potting a goal and adding two assists. Pierre-Luc Dubois (CBJ, 2016), Jonah Gadjovich (VAN, 2017), Jordan Kyrou (STL, 2016), and Givani Smith (DET, 2016) also scored for Canada. Carter Hart (EDM, 2016) started the game in goal before Dylan Wells (PHI, 2016) took over the goaltender duties halfway through.

“It was a fast-paced game,” Cliff Pu (BUF, 2016) said. “It had the feel of what a potential game in December or January could feel like. It was a hard-fought game with two really good hockey teams, despite it only being August.”

The Americans grabbed a 3-2 lead 1:23 into the middle stanza on Anderson’s second power-play marker of the contest before Kailer Yamamoto (EDM, 2017) doubled the U.S. lead at the 9:14 mark.

Canada however responded when Dubois tallied the game’s fifth power-play goal to cut Team USA’s lead to 4-3 after 40 minutes of action.

The U.S. power play then continued to click and helped open up the game. The Americans scored inside the first minute of the third when Harper chipped in a power-play goal and then Poehling gave the Americans their fourth marker with the man advantage at the 6:42 mark.

“We held a players-only meeting before the tournament,” Harper said. “We talked about special teams being about 25 percent of the game. If you can win that battle, you will win a quarter of the game so it is a huge momentum swing anytime you can win that.”

Canada made it a one-goal game with seven minutes to play in regulation as they scored a pair of goals but Anderson sealed the win in the final minute with an empty netter with 48 seconds remaining.

“This was a big way to end the tournament,” Casey Mittelstadt (BUF, 2017), said. “Anytime we can beat Canada, it will always be a big win no matter if it’s in the middle of summer or if a gold medal is on the line. We respect Canada, but it was a good win tonight to cap off an outstanding week for us as a team moving forward.”


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.