FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Drummondville, Quebec 3 January 2013 – Team Atlantic Male Under 17 team lost today against Team Finland by a score of 8-2. That’s put Team Atlantic in an eight place finish at the World Under 17 Hockey Championships.
Team Atlantic faced Finland in their exhibition game on December 28th and were looking for revenge in today’s match but couldn’t get past the skilled skating Fins. The seventh-place finish equals Finland’s best result in the last decade – it was also seventh in 2004 and 2011. Finland’s all-time best finish was in 1990, when it won its lone gold medal.
Liam Hynes (Ferryland, NL) and Kameron Kielly (Charlottetown, PE) had the goals for Atlantic, which had its worst finish since coming ninth at the 2009 tournament in Port Alberni, B.C. Last year Team Atlantic finished in seventh place.
The Finns dominated the first period, outshooting Atlantic 16-5 and taking a 2-0 lead. The advantage was pushed to four early goals in the second before Hynes got the Canadian side on the board, although it was 5-1 after two. Finland had three quick goals in the third with Kielly’s goal coming at 06:42 adding the second and last goal for Team Atlantic .Finland scored its most goals in a World Under-17 Hockey Challenge since it beat Quebec 8-5 in the preliminary round in 2008.
Team Atlantic’s player of the game was Nathan Noel of St. John’s, NL. Shots on goal were Team Atlantic: 25 and Team Finland: 41.
The bronze medal game will take place at 3:00pm (EST) tomorrow (Friday), along with the Gold medal game taking place at 7:30pm (EST).
For additional tournament information please visit the Hockey Canada website at www.hockeycanada.ca.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Team Atlantic, Director of Operations
Hockey Nova Scotia, Development Coordinator