United States 3, Canada East 2 (OT)

ALMEIDA COMES THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH FOR TEAM USA AGAIN

By Brian Renwick

NELSON – Barry Almeida poked in a loose puck past goalie Bryan Gillis at 2:30 of overtime powering Team USA to a 3-2 victory over Canada East in Group B round robin action at the World Junior A Challenge Wednesday at the NDCC Arena on Wednesday.?

The overtime winner was the second game-winning goal in as many nights for the speedy American winger. Almeida scored with five seconds left in the game Tuesday to sink Belarus 7-6 in round robin action Tuesday.?

Team USA now advances to the semi-final Saturday in Nelson.  ?

Seconds before potting the game winner, Almeida was stopped by Gillis when the Canada East goalie made a pad save off a rush from the left wing.?

Team USA goalie Josh Robinson held the fort for most of the night for the winners, facing 37 shots.?

Robinson stopped Canada East defenceman Brandon Burlon late in the game when the St. Mike’s player took a shot from the left faceoff circle.?
Canada had a chance on the power play late in the third period when Jack Connolly was whistled for holding the stick. But the power play was short-lived when Jordan Watts (Oakville, ON/ Aurora, OPJHL) went off for Canada East with a roughing penalty.?

Team USA opened the scoring in the first period on the power play when Blake Kessel snapped a quick shot from past Gillis (Elsmdale, NS/ Antigonish, OPJHL) .

Canada East tied the game on the power play when Jeremy Franklin (Bath, ON/ Wellington, OPJHL) tipped a shot past Robinson.?

Starting the second period with the man advantage, Canada took a 2-1 lead less than a minute into the second as James McIntosh (Holland Landing, ON/ Stouffville, OPJHL) scored on Robinson.?

Team USA tied the game six minutes later when a shot by Connolly from the left wing surprised Gillis.?

Canada outshot USA 17-4 in the second as Robinson kept the Americans in the game with several keys saves, including a pad save on Ethan Werek (Stouffville, ON/ Stouffville, OPJHL).

Game Information
Game Number 06 Round Preliminary
Arena Nelson Community Complex City, Country Nelson, B.C.
Month / Day / Year 11/07/2007 Time 07:30 PM PT
Attendance 1423 Game Status Final

Box Score 1 2 3 OT Total
United States (USA) 1 1 0 1 3
Canada East (CAN E) 1 1 0 0 2

Goals/Penalties
First Period

Goals: 
   10:59 USA 20 Blake Kessel (9 Nicolas Sacchetti, 8 Seth Helgeson) PP 
   12:27 CAN E 16 Jeremy Franklin (21 Evan Zych, 26 Michael Budd) PP 

Penalties: 
03:26 CAN E 23 Jordan Watts (Slashing) 
06:04 USA 2 Max Nicastro (Interference) 
10:08 CAN E 23 Jordan Watts (Hooking) 
11:24 USA 18 Ben Blood (Slashing) 
14:51 CAN E 25 Daniel Spivak (Hooking) 
14:51 USA 19 Barry Almeida (Unsportsmanlike Cnd.) 
17:26 CAN E 25 Daniel Spivak (Holding) 
19:29 USA 11 Jared Festler (Tripping) 

Second Period

Goals: 
   00:47 CAN E 9 James McIntosh (23 Jordan Watts, 12 Corey Trivino) PP 
   06:46 USA 21 Jack Connolly (16 Jimmy Hayes, 20 Blake Kessel) PP 

Penalties: 
01:13 USA 22 Nick Dineen (Tripping) 
05:41 CAN E 28 Adam Brace (Boarding) 
07:25 USA 7 Mike Cichy (Slashing) 
10:02 CAN E 10 Wes Consorti (High Sticking) 
10:44 USA 4 Tyler Kieffer (High Sticking) 
13:48 CAN E 26 Michael Budd (Holding) 
15:57 USA 5 John Lee (Holding) 
19:12 CAN E 11 Louke Oakley (Slashing) 

 

Third Period

Goals: 

Penalties: 
06:25 USA 16 Jimmy Hayes (Interference) 
10:18 USA 19 Barry Almeida (Hooking) 
14:02 USA 21 Jack Connolly (Holding Opp. Stick) 
14:46 CAN E 23 Jordan Watts (Roughing) 

Overtime

Goals:
   02:30 USA 19 Barry Almeida (20 Blake Kessel ) 


Goaltenders
United States 1 Josh Robinson On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
Canada East 1 Bryan Gillis On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 OT Total
United States 8 5 6 4 23
Canada East 9 18 9 1 37

Player of the Game
United States 1 Josh Robinson
Canada East 6 Brandon Burlon
Scoreboard
Thursday, May 16, 2013
3:00 p.m. AT WST2 5 - WST1 2
Preliminary
7:30 p.m. AT EST 4 - HST 2
Preliminary
Friday, May 17, 2013
  OFF DAY  
Saturday, May 18, 2013
2:00 p.m. AT CEN 4 - WST2 5 (OT)
Semifinal
6:00 p.m. AT HST 3- WST1 2 (OT)
Semifinal
Sunday, May 19, 2013
7:00 p.m. AT HST 1 - WST2 3
Championship



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