World U17 – Russians take gold – defeat Finns 2-1

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RUSSIANS HOLD ON, BEAT FINNS TO WIN U17 GOLD

November 10, 2018

Jason La Rose

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Daniil Gushchin and Ignat Kokhanin scored goals in the second period, helping Russia to a 2-1 win over Finland on Saturday night and its fourth gold medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The Russians also stood atop the podium in 2000, 2012 and 2014. They have won a medal in seven of the last eight years.

It was a defensive struggle from the drop of the puck; Russia needed 13 minutes to record its first shot of the game, and finished with just 16, while the Finns managed to direct 23 towards goaltender Yaroslav Askarov.

They made one of their eight first-period shots count early; Eero Niemi jumped all over a Ruben Rafkin rebound and beat Askarov to give Finland a 1-0 lead just 4:14 in.

But that would be the lone puck to beat Askarov, who earned a place on the tournament all-star team after finishing with a 1.40 goals-against average and .948 goals-against average, both tops among all netminders who played more than one game.

Russia answered just shy of the five-minute mark of the second period when Gushchin battled through a pair of Finnish defenders and beat goaltender Joel Blomqvist upstairs for a shorthanded goal.

Kokhanin added the game-winner late in the middle frame, forcing a turnover behind the net before barging his way in front and tucking a shot past Blomqvist.

The Finns carried the play in the third period, outshooting Russia 10-4, but couldn’t find the game-tying goal.

They came close in the dying seconds when a scrambled shot in front hit a Russian skate and trickled towards the goal-line, but Askarov made a desperation reach with his blocker to keep the puck out.

Despite the loss, Finland earned its best U17 finish since taking silver in 1995.

Askarov was joined on the all-star team by a pair of his teammates, defenceman Yan Kuznetsov and forward Vasili Ponomaryov. Defenceman Ryan O’Rourke (Canada Black) and forwards Connor McClennon (Canada White) and Lucas Raymond (Sweden) rounded out the team.

 

Final Team Stats:

# Team GP GF/GP GA/GP GF GA Diff
1 Canada White   (CAN-W) 5 4.20 3.20 21 16 5
2 Canada Black   (CAN-B) 5 3.80 3.60 19 18 1
3 United States   (USA) 5 2.60 3.00 13 15 -2
4 Czech Republic   (CZE) 5 1.20 3.80 6 19 -13
5 Russia   (RUS) GOLD 6 3.50 1.50 21 9 12
6 Canada Red   (CAN-R) 6 2.83 3.33 17 20 -3
7 Sweden   (SWE) BRONZE 6 3.50 3.17 21 19 2
8 Finland   (FIN) SILVER 6 2.67 3.00 16 18 -2

 

TOP 20 OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

Rk Name Team GP P G A PIM PPG
1 Connor McClennon Canada White 5 11 8 3 2 2
2 Cole Perfetti Canada White 5 9 2 7 4 0
3 Vasili Ponomaryov Russia 6 8 4 4 2 0
4 Alexander Holtz Sweden 6 8 4 4 4 0
5 Théo Rochette Canada White 5 7 2 5 0 1
6 Lucas Raymond Sweden 6 7 4 3 14 0
7 Ryan O’Rourke Canada Black 5 6 3 3 8 0
8 Jérémie Poirier Canada White 5 6 3 3 0 0
9 Jake Neighbours Canada White 5 6 3 3 2 1
10 Daniil Gushchin Russia 6 6 4 2 6 0
11 Kyle Crnkovic Canada Black 5 5 4 1 2 0
12 Seth Jarvis Canada Red 6 5 2 3 2 0
13 Marat Khusnutdinov Russia 6 5 2 3 0 0
14 Ignat Kokhanin Russia 6 5 2 3 4 0
15 Alexandr Pashin Russia 6 5 2 3 4 1
16 Jean-Luc Foudy Canada Black 5 4 1 3 2 0
17 Jamie Drysdale Canada Black 5 4 0 4 2 0
18 Matthew Maggio Canada Red 6 4 1 3 8 1
19 Cole Shepard Canada Red 6 4 0 4 0 0
20 William Villeneuve Canada Red 6 4 0 4 2 0

 

TOP 12 GOALIES (2 games or more)

Rk Name Team GP Mins SA SVS GA SO GAA SV%
1 Yaroslav Askarov Russia 5 300 135 128 7 2 1.40 0.948
2 Jesper Wallstedt Sweden 5 311 186 171 15 0 2.89 0.919
3 Joel Blomqvist Finland 5 313 161 144 17 0 3.26 0.894
4 Dylan Garand Canada Red 4 258 143 133 10 0 2.33 0.930
5 Drew Commesso United States 4 243 99 89 10 0 2.47 0.899
6 Tristan Lennox Canada White 3 190 94 86 8 0 2.53 0.915
7 Nick Malik Czech Republic 3 154 80 73 7 0 2.73 0.913
8 Joe Vrbetic Canada Black 3 180 89 77 12 0 4.00 0.865
9 Jan Bednar Czech Republic 3 150 79 67 12 0 4.80 0.848
10 Garin Bjorklund Canada Black 2 124 62 57 5 0 2.42 0.919
11 Will Cranley Canada Red 2 122 68 61 7 0 3.44 0.897
12 Sebastian Cossa Canada White 2 120 57 51 6 0 3.00 0.895