CAPTAIN LEADS CANADA WEST THROUGH TO SEMI-FINAL
A hat trick by team captain Casey Pierro-Zabotel in the third period for Canada West set aside a fiery and determined Belarussian side, as Canada West ended up winning 7-3 and earned a berth in the semi-finals. Canada West faces USA in Nelson on Saturday in one semi-final.
The game had barely started, when Mike Connolly (Calgary, AB/ Camrose) opened the scoring. At 0:54, Connolly fired a shot through a screen past Belarussian goaltender Valeriy Pronin to give Canada West an early lead. Canada West took a two-goal lead while on two-man power play later in the first. Tommy Brown (Prince Albert, SK/ Melfort, SJHL) fired a low, hard shot on net, and Andrew Cherniwchan (Hinton, AB/ Drayton Valley, AJHL) pushed the rebound past Pronin.
Belarus cut into Canada West’s lead in the second frame. Brad Eidsness made the first save, but couldn’t handle the rebound, and Artem Demkov pushed into the net. That 2-1 score held into the third period, but Canada West couldn’t hold back the pesky Belarussians.
At 8:30, Demkov got his second of the evening, a goal that came following a mad scramble in front of Eidsness.
Belarus ran into penalty trouble moments later. With two players in the penalty box, Pierro-Zabotel scored his first of three straight Canadian goals, tipping in a pass from Chad Ziegler in the slot. Less than three minutes, Pierro-Zabotel had goal number two, banking the puck off a Belarus defenceman.
Belarus made it 5-3, on a Sergei Sheleg goal.
Pierro-Zabotel’s third goal of the night, which came at 17:08 of the third period, was on a power play.
Connolly, with his second of the night, and Russell Goodman added markers for Canada West to make the final 7-3.
Frustration set in with two minutes left. A scurmish ensued in one corner of the ice after a bodycheck, and eventually three players were ejected by the officiating crew.
Canada West now moves to Nelson for Saturday’s semi-final match-up against the USA.
|Arena||Cominco Arena||City, Country||Trail, B.C.|
|Month / Day / Year||11/08/2007||Time||07:30 PM PT|
|Canada West (CAN W)||2||0||5||7|
|Belarus||31 Valeriy Pronin||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|Canada West||1 Bradley Eidsness||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Belarus||15 Artem Demkov|
|Canada West||17 Casey Pierro-Zabotel|