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2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup
Game #13
7th
Final
August 10, 2018 12:00 pm MDT
Downtown Community Arena
Edmonton, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
1
0
2
5
3
0
8

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
3
11
8
22
24
12
9
45

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 5
18
1 / 4
10

Game Story

DOMINANT FIRST PERIOD LEADS FINNS TO SEVENTH PLACE

JASON LA ROSE

EDMONTON, Alta. – Henrik Nikkanen led the way with two goals and four assists, and Finland scored five times in the first period of an 8-2 win over Switzerland in the seventh-place game Friday at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Patrik Puistola added a hat trick and two assists, and Kasper Simontaival had five helpers for the Finns, who finally earned their first win of the tournament.

The Swiss scored first when Johan Andersson beat Kari Piiroinen just 5:19 in, but it was all Finland after that; shots in the first period finished 24-3 in favour of the Finns, and goals from Mikko Kokkonen, Nikkanen (two), and Puistola (two) made it a 5-1 game after 20 minutes.

Puistola finished his hat trick just past the midway mark of a three-goal second period, chasing Swiss netminder Thibault Fatton with a power-play marker.

The Puistola-Nikkanen-Simontaival line did all the damage for the Finns, combining for five of the eight goals and 16 points. In addition to Kokkonen, Veeti Miettinen and Aku Räty counted goals.

Yves Stoffel had the other goal for the Swiss, who finished winless for the second time in three years.

Piiroinen made with 20 saves in the Finnish goal, while Sascha Ruppelt stopped 12 of 13 after replacing Fatton.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Johan Andersson

Assists: Sebastian Bardh
05:19
GOAL
Goal: Mikko Kokkonen

Assists: Henri Nikkanen, Patrik Puistola
07:06
GOAL
Goal: Henri Nikkanen

Assists: Kasper Simontaival
12:58
GOAL
Goal: Patrik Puistola

Assists: Kasper Simontaival, Henri Nikkanen
13:19
GOAL
Goal: Henri Nikkanen

Assists: Kasper Simontaival, Patrik Puistola
15:50
GOAL
Goal: Patrik Puistola

Assists: Henri Nikkanen, Kasper Simontaival
18:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Lionel Marchand (Served by Dean Schwenninger)
Checking from Behind (2:00)
19:23
PENALTY
Penalty: Lionel Marchand
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
19:23
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Henri Nikkanen
Goaltender Interference (2:00)
06:14
GOAL
Goal: Veeti Miettinen

Assists: Kalle Loponen
09:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Cédric Fiedler
Holding (2:00)
10:32
GOAL
Goal: Patrik Puistola (power play)

Assists: Henri Nikkanen, Kasper Simontaival
10:49
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Sascha Ruppelt

10:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Samu Koskenkorva
Interference (2:00)
13:11
GOAL
Goal: Yves Stoffel

15:54
GOAL
Goal: Aku Räty

Assists: Rasmus Lahnaviik
18:04
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Kalle Loponen
Interference (2:00)
00:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Kalle Loponen
Roughing (2:00)
00:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Cédric Fiedler
Hooking (2:00)
01:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Yves Stoffel
Tripping (2:00)
04:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Kari Piiroinen (Served by Kasper Simontaival)
Delay of Game (2:00)
15:16

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Thibault Fatton SUI 30 32 25 7 0.781
Sascha Ruppelt SUI 29 13 12 1 0.923
Kari Piiroinen FIN 60 22 20 2 0.909

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 2 - Assists 4 - Points 6
G 2 - A 4 - P 6
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 3 - Assists 2 - Points 5
G 3 - A 2 - P 5
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 5 - Points 5
G 0 - A 5 - P 5

Previous Games

2 - 8 L @ FinlandFIN
Aug 10, 2018
8 - 2 W v SwitzerlandSUI
Aug 10, 2018
3 - 5 L @ SlovakiaSVK
Aug 8, 2018
3 - 4 L v Czech RepublicCZE
Aug 8, 2018
0 - 5 L @ SwedenSWE
Aug 7, 2018
2 - 6 L @ United StatesUSA
Aug 7, 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.