Heiskanen passed it more times to his d partner in one shift than Liljegren did in an entire game. The simple play is often the wisest. Nothing flashy from Heiskanen in the first…making the simple/safe plays and as always solid in his own zone. Often times the less said about the
Finland strikes first on the power play…nice feed by Ikonen to Talvatie, whose pass to the crease goes off the goalie right to Nyman, who deposits the rebound.
Vesalainen needed to show he could finish and create at the U18…and so far so good, as after four periods he has a goal and three assists. He gets the puck high in the slot later in the first period, slides laterally and unleashes a hard low writer that gets tipped by Nyman in front of the net.
Vesalainen has been the best player on the ice without question through two periods…skating, dangling, passing, competing, shooting. Has had a half dozen highlight reel plays…almost impossible to check when he’s entering the offensive zone with speed..using soft hands, length and puck protection skills to make Swiss cheese of the Switzerland defence. Demonstrating keen vision in this game..making several smart passes that created excellent scoring opportunities. Today at least…he looks like a top ten prospect…perhaps top five. May have a rise similar to Logan Brown’s last U18…but his could be even more dramatic. Struggling to score in men’s competition evidently didn’t ruin his confidence as he has tried all sorts of offensive moves and succeeded with all of them.