Canada owns third period, wins 7-3
Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, December 21, 2008 | 12/21/2008
The quick pace from the second half of the second period immediately carried over into the third. Just over a minute in, Jesse Jyrkkio's slapper got past Dustin Tokarski to lock the game, 3-3. The puck may have deflected off of Alex Pietrangelo on its way in. On the following shift, Brett Sonne kept the puck deep and it was jammed home by Tyler Ennis who was camped at the left side, but referee Dave Lewis lost sight and blew the play dead. At 3:51, Canada took the lead back for real when the rebound of a Thomas Hickey wrister bounced off Stefan Della Rovere to make it 4-3. Della Rovere would later earn a misconduct after conducting some unnecessary business with the Finnish bench. John Tavares took a backdoor pass on a 5-3 advantage to make it 5-3 Canada at 6:48. Ryan Ellis slowed the play up, drew his man out, and got the puck down to Hodgson who picked up his third point of the night with the assist. A 10:00 misconduct on Colten Teunert thrust Ellis into some regular shifts on the Canadian blueline. In the remaining PP time, Ennis used his speed and passing skills to work with Zach Boychuk on a few nice opportunities before Finland returned to full strength. Ennis was very good all night for Canada, looking like one of Canada's more viable spark plugs whenever he got the puck. Jamie Benn and Jordan Eberle would go on to score goals :09 apart as Canada gained total control. Through all of it, Finnish goalie Juha Metsola had a decent third period after an average start.