Canada East 3, United States 5

CANADA EAST WINS WITHOUT WINNING, CLAIMS FIRST IN GROUP B

CAMROSE, AB – It might be the easiest loss to take for Canada East.

Craig Smith and Danny Kristo scored two goals apiece as the United States topped the Canadians 5-3 on Wednesday night at the 2008 World Junior A Challenge.

Despite the loss, Canada East still finished atop Group B and will not play again until Saturday’s semifinals. The American win meant all three teams in the group finished with 1-1 records, but Canada East had a superior goal ratio (nine for, eight against) and was placed above Germany (8-8) and the U.S. (7-8).

Marty O’Grady scored twice and Brandon Pirri added one for the Canadians, who will face the winner of Thursday’s quarter-final between Russia and the United States (4 p.m. MST).

Germany and Belarus will meet on the other quarter (8 p.m. MST), with the winner facing Canada West in Saturday’s other semi.

The Canadians hit the board first in the opening frame, with O’Grady finishing off a feed from Nick D’Agostino on the man advantage, but Smith replied for the Americans on a powerplay of their own, snapping a shot past Canadian netminder Shawn Sirman with just 12 seconds left in the frame.

The offence was front and centre early in the second period as the teams combined for three goals in the opening 3:58.

Kristo started the goal parade 2:32 after the period’s opening face-off, but O’Grady replied exactly one minute later to draw the Canadians even, followed by Kristo’s second 26 seconds later, finishing off a three-goal burst before many of the 1,704 fans in attendance at the Edgeworth Centre could get back to their seats.

Mike Cichy made it 4-2 just past the midway point of the period, which spelled the end of the night for Sirman, who was replaced by Andrew Hare. The Burlington, ON native kept his team in the game, turning aside 19 of the 20 shots he faced over the final 30 minutes.

The United States held a sizable 44-24 advantage in shots on goal.

Pirri and Smith traded goals in the third period as Canada East kept the Americans just close enough to snatch top spot in its group for the second time in three years – the U.S. knocked off Canada East 3-2 in Nelson, BC last year to win the group.

O’Grady and Smith earned Player of the Game honours for their respective teams.

Game Information
Game Number 06 Round Preliminary
Arena Edgeworth Centre City, Country Camrose, Alta.
Month / Day / Year 11/05/2008 Time 08:00 PM MT
Attendance 1704 Game Status Final

Box Score 1 2 3 Total
Canada East (CAN E) 1 1 1 3
United States (USA) 1 3 1 5

Goals/Penalties
First Period

Goals: 
   13:51 CAN E 9 Marty O'Grady (8 Nick D’Agostino, 5 Mike Wills) PP 
   19:48 USA 15 Craig Smith (18 Danny Kristo, 5 Matt Donovan) PP 

Penalties: 
03:28 CAN E 23 David Pacan (Tripping) 
13:24 USA 16 Nick Oddo (Interference) 
16:25 USA 20 Josh Birkholz (Inter. on Goaltender) 
17:50 CAN E 7 Pierre-Luc Lacombe (Hooking) 
18:18 CAN E 25 Braden Birch (Holding) 

Second Period

Goals: 
   02:32 USA 18 Danny Kristo (17 Nick Larson, 2 Max Nicastro) PP 
   03:32 CAN E 9 Marty O'Grady (10 Brandon Pirri, 8 Nick D’Agostino) 
   03:58 USA 18 Danny Kristo (15 Craig Smith) 
   10:26 USA 8 Mike Cichy (12 David Gerths) 

Penalties: 
02:17 CAN E 5 Mike Wills (Interference) 
07:14 USA 15 Craig Smith (Roughing) 
18:27 USA 21 Greg Burke (Hooking) 

Third Period

Goals: 
   01:04 CAN E 10 Brandon Pirri 
   06:41 USA 15 Craig Smith (19 Rob Vrolyk) 

Penalties: 
09:15 CAN E 26 Lindsay Sparks (Inter. on Goaltender) 
13:52 CAN E 21 Ben Sexton (Cross Checking) 


Goaltenders
Canada East 1 Shawn Sirman On 1/00:00 Off 2/10:26
31 Andrew Hare On 2/10:27 Off 3/20:00
United States 30 Mike Lee On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 Total
Canada East 8 9 7 24
United States 13 19 12 44

Player of the Game
Canada East 9 Marty O'Grady
United States 15 Craig Smith
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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