Photo: Mark Blinch, The canadian Press
The centre player of Team Canada, Taylor Raddysh
Boris Katchouk has scored a goal controversial in addition to amassing a help and he helped Canada to begin his career in the Championship world junior hockey championships with a victory of 4-2 on Tuesday, against Finland.
Taylor Raddysh has also amassed a goal and an assist for Canada, while Drake Batherson and Sam Steel have also hit the target. Carter Hart made 29 stops.
Aleksi Heponiemi and Henri Jokiharju have provided the reply from Finland. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has rejected 28 shots.
Defenceman Dante Fabbro was back in the game for Canada. He had missed the two matches of the selection camp and two of the three preseason matchups of Canada due to a contusion at the bottom of the body.
“We are pleased to have started the tournament with a win against a good team,” said Canada’s head coach, Dominique Ducharme. But we also know that we can do even better.
“It was the first game of the tournament and I think the guys were a little nervous, that they were anxious that it starts. You burn a lot of energy in a context like this. “
Canada will play its next game on Wednesday when it takes on Slovakia.
Katchouk opened the scoring after 5:34 to play, when he cut off a pass between the defenders to Finnish before it can escape and beat Luukkonen of the backhand.
“Chase the washers is something that I work a lot, told Katchouk. When you fly out of the washers and that you are recovering, you are going to cause good things to the attack. “
However, Katchouk moved the thread to Finnish before the puck crossed the goal line, much to the dismay of the coach Jussi Ahokas, who challenged the goal. After a long review video, the arbitrators decided to allow the goal.
“The referee had awarded a goal when his initial decision and I think it was difficult to reverse the decision, said Katchouk. The puck was already in motion and she headed toward the goal. “
Perhaps still in shock, the Finns were awarded a second goal 27 seconds later, while Juuso Valimaki was in the penalty box for slashing. Steel has enjoyed a return to beat Luukkonen.
Heponiemi has given new life to the Finnish at 12:19, beating Hart after a defender canadian was unable to scan the surface dangerous to its keeper.
Batherson, however, has countered 33 seconds later, dropping one knee to the ground to make a shot on reception as a result of a pass from Jonah Gadjovich.
Finland took advantage of a numerical advantage to reduce the gap at 7:31 of the second twenty. The shot of the tip of Jokiharju was deflected against the leg of Gadjovich before crossing the goal line.
Raddysh gave a cushion of two goals to the Canadians at 12:47 of the commitment. He took a point blank shot by pivoting on itself and Luukkonen was surprised by the downward path of the disk.
Finland was briefly believed to have reduced the gap to one goal late in the third period, when the puck was deflected against the base of Hart before moving towards the objective. However, the defender Cal Foote dove and hit the puck with his hand just before it crossed the goal line. The recovery has confirmed the outcome of the game.