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2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup
Game #7
Preliminary
Final
August 7, 2018 7:00 pm MDT
Servus Arena
Red Deer, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
1
0
2
2
1
3
6

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
8
9
14
31
11
17
11
39

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 7
26
0 / 8
16

Game Story

AMERICANS CONTINUE SCORING, BEAT FINNS TO CLINCH SEMI SPOT

JASON LA ROSE

RED DEER, Alta. – Luke Toporowski opened and closed the scoring, and added an assist in between, leading the United States to a 6-2 win over Finland on Tuesday night and a spot in the semifinals at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

The Americans continued to score seemingly at will; including pre-tournament, they have scored 22 goals in three games, while allowing just six.

Toporowski was first on the board midway through the first period, redirecting a Michael Feenstra shot through Finnish netminder Roope Taponen to give the Americans a lead they would never relinquish.

Sam Colangelo netted the 2-0 goal at 18:17, sneaking behind the Finnish defence and going to the backhand on the breakaway, but Aku Räty answered for the Finns just 19 seconds later to make it a one-goal game after 20 minutes.

The teams traded goals in the second period; Arthur Kaliyev converted a mini 2-on-0 down low to put the Americans back up by a pair 90 seconds into the second period before Anton Lundell showed off his quick release on the power play to send the game to the intermission at 3-2 U.S.

Finland held a 14-11 advantage in shots on goal in the third period, but couldn’t find a way past U.S. goaltender Dustin Wolf, who finished with 29 saves to record his second win.

John Farinacci added a little insurance at 5:13 of the final frame, burying a centering feed after Robert Mastrosimone force a turnover deep in the Finnish zone, and Jackson Jutting making it 5-2 only 17 seconds after that to put the game out of reach.

Toporowski scored shorthanded with 2:31 left to provide the final margin of victory for the U.S.

First place in Group B will be on the line Wednesday when the Americans take on Russia (7 p.m. MT), while the Finns will face the Czech Republic in their preliminary-round finale (3 p.m. MT).

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Michael Feenstra
Holding (2:00)
01:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Robert Mastrosimone
Slashing (2:00)
07:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Juuso Pärssinen
Hooking (2:00)
07:53
GOAL
Goal: Luke Toporowski

Assists: Michael Feenstra, Jackson Jutting
09:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Sam Colangelo
Hooking (2:00)
10:58
PENALTY
Penalty: Luke Reid
High-Sticking (2:00)
12:18
PENALTY
Penalty: Anton Lundell
Slashing (2:00)
12:58
PENALTY
Penalty: Cade Webber
Tripping (2:00)
13:29
GOAL
Goal: Sam Colangelo

Assists: Luke Reid, Cade Webber
18:17
GOAL
Goal: Aku Räty

Assists: Kalle Loponen, Anton Lundell
18:36
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Arthur Kaliyev

Assists: Nicholas Robertson, Josh Nodler
01:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Dylan Davies
Interference (2:00)
04:38
GOAL
Goal: Anton Lundell (power play)

Assists: Leevi Aaltonen, Veeti Miettinen
04:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Mikko Kokkonen
Delay of Game (2:00)
07:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Nicholas Robertson
Slashing (2:00)
11:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Kalle Loponen
Late Hit (2:00)
13:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Mikko Petman
Late Hit (2:00)
16:53
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Anton Lundell (Served by Kalle Loponen)
Boarding (2:00)
00:22
PENALTY
Penalty: Anton Lundell
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
02:22
GOAL
Goal: John Farinacci

Assists: Robert Mastrosimone
05:13
GOAL
Goal: Jackson Jutting

Assists: Luke Toporowski, Josh Groll
05:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Mikko Kokkonen
Hooking (2:00)
11:13
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Mikko Petman)
Too Many Players (2:00)
13:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Dylan Davies
Slashing (2:00)
17:03
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Luke Toporowski

Assists: Mitchell Miller
17:29
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Roope Taponen

17:29

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Roope Taponen FIN 59 38 33 5 0.868
Dustin Wolf USA 60 31 29 2 0.935

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

8 - 2 W v SwitzerlandSUI
Aug 10, 2018
4 - 5 L @ RussiaRUS
Aug 11, 2018
3 - 4 L v Czech RepublicCZE
Aug 8, 2018
5 - 6 L @ CanadaCAN
Aug 10, 2018
2 - 6 L @ United StatesUSA
Aug 7, 2018
3 - 8 L @ RussiaRUS
Aug 8, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: RUS 5 – USA 4 (Bronze Medal)
Polkolzin scored a hat trick to lead the Russians to the bronze medal.
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: CAN 6 – SWE 2 (Gold Medal)
Mutala and Lafrenière had 2G each, and Canada won a 22nd U18 gold.
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: SWE 2 – RUS 1 (Semifinal)
Henriksson scored with 44 seconds left to send Sweden to the final.
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: FIN 8 – SUI 2 (7th Place)
Nikkanen had 2G 4A, and the Finns scored five in the first period.