Friday, December 20, 2013

Canada opens with win over Finns

Press Release

ÄNGELHOLM, Sweden – Anthony Mantha (Longueuil, Que./Val-d’Or, QMJHL) and Bo Horvat (Rodney, Ont./London, OHL) had a goal and an assist each as Canada rallied to beat Finland 4-2 on Friday in a 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship exhibition game.

Mathew Dumba (Calgary, Alta./Minnesota, NHL) and Aaron Ekblad (Belle River, Ont./Barrie, OHL) also scored for Canada. Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Erie, OHL) added two assists.

Finland opened the scoring at 8:34 of the first period on a goal from Juuso Ikonen, and Esa Lindell scored shorthanded at 12:45 to put the Finns up 2-0.

Canada made it 2-1 before the end of the first on Horvat's goal before tying the score just 25 seconds into the second when Dumba scored.

Ekblad gave Canada its first lead of the game at 14:43 of the second before Mantha added some insurance two minutes into the third.

Canada starter Zach Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Halifax, QMJHL) stopped 11-of-13 shots, steadying his play after a rough start.

Ville Husso stopped 20 shots for Finland.

Canada was 0-for-1 on the power play while Finland was 0-for-6.

Canada's second of three exhibition games is Sunday against Sweden in Ängelholm.

The 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship starts Dec. 26 in Malmo, Sweden. Canada plays Germany in its opener.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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