Bad Bounces And Missed Chances See Canada Bounced On Home Turf

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Dipietro photo by Gordon Rufh ISN

Toni Utunen scored 5:17 into overtime to give the Finns a shocking 2-1 win over Canada. A broken Canadian stick in the Finland end gave the Finns an odd-man rush, and Utunen ripped a shot into the top corner.

Canada had a sensational chance to win at 1:14 of OT. Evan Bouchard was hooked on a breakaway and Maxime Comtois was stoned by Ukka-Pekka Luukkonen on the ensuing penalty shot.

Canada goes to the airport while Finkand now faces off against Switzerland in one semi-finals.

The game went into overtime thanks to a tying goal from Finland with only 46.4 seconds left in the third period. Eeli Tolvanen’s centring pass hit the leg of Aleksi Heponiemi and went in under the arm of Mikey DiPitetro, who was brilliant in the Canadian cage.

Canada had the crowd on its side, but there were nerves on both sides in the opening period, one which had precious few quality scoring chances. Canada had two of the three power plays, but not a single puck crossed the goal line in the opening 20 minutes.

The Canadians came out with more jump in the second and got on the board early. It all started with a nice reverse pass in centre ice by Morgan Frost to Barrett Hayton.
Hayton made his way into the Finland end but fell, managing to push the puck forward from one knee. The puck hit a Finnish stick and came right to defenceman Ian Mitchell in the slot. He rifled a hard shot over the glove of Ukko-Pekka Lukkonen at 1:30.

Finland had more than its fair share of the puck in the period, though, and it was only brilliant goaltending from Mikey DiPietro that kept Canada in front. He robbed Eeli Tolvanen on a breakaway, and soon after made a great pad save off Valtteri Puustinen. This got the crowd in the mood to chant “DiPietro!”

But in the end the finns didn’t go away and the Canadians are now left to pick up the pieces .