Photo: Darryl Dyck, The canadian Press
The goalkeeper of the canadian team, Michael DiPietro, has been foiled in 5min 17s of the extension period, and Finland eliminated Team Canada 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
It was a day of surprises at the upcoming world junior hockey Championships, Wednesday, and one of them has created a shock that is likely to have been felt in all of Canada.
The defender Toni Utunen beat Michael DiPietro 5 min 17 s of the extension period, and Finland eliminated Team Canada 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Vancouver.
The purpose of Utunen came to spoil a solid performance from DiPietro, who stopped 32 shots. Despite the cruel defeat, DiPietro was named the mvp of the meeting.
His rival Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has made 23 stops.
Moreover, the triumph of finland came just hours after the Swiss had won a stunning victory of 2-0 against Sweden.
Suddenly, Finland and Switzerland cross the iron during what was an unlikely semi-final on Friday in Vancouver.
Following the defeat, Canada will be excluded from the podium for the first time in its history at a junior championship, presented in his land.
“We told them that we were proud of them,” said the head coach of the canadian Tim Hunter, whose team has lost its last two games of the tournament by identical scores of 2-1.
“They have formed a group, played and fought with vigor. It was an entire hockey team. They have formed a good hockey team. “
Defending Champion, Canada seemed to be heading towards victory when leading 1-0 with under a minute to play in regulation time, thanks to a goal from Ian Mitchell earlier in the second twenty.
However, a goal bizarre and lucky for Aleksi Heponiemi, while the dial showed a 46.4 seconds, has enabled the Finns to prolong the suspense.
The sequence started when defender Ty Smith fell in the corner of the rink, allowing Eeli Tolvanen to make a shot that gave on the outside of the net, canadian.
The washer is returned to the skater is Finnish and his second shot struck the ankle of Heponiemi before to sneak up behind DiPietro, who appeared stunned by the turn of events.
Despite the disappointment that could live in the players of Team Canada, they took advantage of a golden opportunity to end the duel at the beginning of the extra period when Tolvanen has been taken in default for having hooked the defender Evan Bouchard.
This act was sanctioned by a penalty shot and, as permitted by the international regulations, Tim Hunter turned to another player. The head coach of canada has chosen its captain, the Quebec Maxime Comtois.
Slowly, the latter is presented in Luukkonen, who has never stumbled and stopped the low shot of Comtois with the help of his leg right.
This is the first time since 2016 that Canada is eliminated in the quarter-finals. Again, Finland had succeeded in this tour de force, this time to Helsinki, before going on to win the gold medal.
“It is a hard pill to swallow. As a player or coach, you have to ask yourself what you could have done better, and what you have done, noted Hunter. It is in this way that you will improve. “