Game Summary
Canada East 0 - Canada West 1
 

IMOO GETS SHUTOUT TO LEAD CANADA WEST TO GOLD MEDAL GAME

YARMOUTH, N.S. – Jonah Imoo (Surrey, B.C./Powell River, BCHL) made 17 saves for the shutout, his second of the tournament, as Canada West advanced to the gold medal game at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge with a 1-0 win over Canada East on Friday night.

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It’s the fifth time in as many meetings West has beaten East, including gold medal game victories in 2006, 2007 and 2011, and a semifinal win in 2009.

The victory means Canada West will face the United States for the gold medal on Sunday night (7:30 p.m. AT, TSN), the third time the two teams will meet for the top prize – the U.S. beat the Canadians in 2008 and 2009.

Seb Lloyd (Prince George, B.C./West Kelowna, BCHL) scored the game’s only goal, tipping in a James de Haas (Mississauga, Ont./Penticton, BCHL) point shot just over three minutes into the second period, helping Canada West to only the second 1-0 win in tournament history – Sweden blanked the U.S. by the same score in 2011.

Imoo was the story, becoming the first goaltender ever to record multiple shutouts at a single World Junior A Challenge; he also turned away every shot he faced in a preliminary round win over the Czech Republic on Tuesday night.

His Canada East counterpart, Charlie Finn (North Vancouver, B.C./Kingston, OJHL), did his part to keep his team close by making 23 saves, including breakaway chances by Alex Kerfoot (West Vancouver, B.C./Coquitlam, BCHL) and Brandon Morley (Burnaby, B.C./Coquitlam, BCHL) in the third period.

Canada East will play for bronze for just the second time when it takes on Switzerland in the third-place game on Saturday night (7:30 p.m. AT). The Canadian side lost to Russia in its only previous bronze medal game appearance in 2009.

 

Game Information
Game Number 10 Round Semifinal
Arena Mariners Centre City, Country Yarmouth, N.S.
Month / Day / Year 11/09/2012 Time 07:30 PM AT
Attendance 1444 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Canada East (CAN E) 0 0 0 0
Canada West (CAN W) 0 1 0 1

Goals/Penalties
First Period
Goals:
   None

Penalties:
   03:17 CAN E 16 Troy Josephs (Tripping)
   05:08 CAN E 5 Mike Crocock (Delay of Game)
   08:39 CAN W 17 Zachary Pryzbek  (Inter. on Goaltender)
   16:14 CAN W 26 Kurt Keats (High Sticking)
   19:00 CAN E 17 Michael Neville (Boarding)

Second Period
Goals:
   03:24 CAN W 8 Seb Lloyd (25 James De Haas, 21 Wade Murphy)

Penalties:
   00:48 CAN W 14 Alex Kerfoot (Interference)
   09:03 CAN W 8 Seb Lloyd (Slashing)
   09:44 CAN E 26 Justin Danforth (High Sticking)
   10:59 CAN W 21 Wade Murphy (Cross Checking)

Third Period
Goals:
   None

Penalties:
   06:14 CAN W 14 Alex Kerfoot (Slashing)
   09:33 CAN E 19 Matt Buckles (Charging)
   16:05 CAN W 9 Dylan Richard (Tripping)
   16:35 CAN E 15 Marly Quince (Hooking)


Goaltenders
Canada East
1 Charlie Finn On 1/00:00 Off 3/19:13
Canada West
31 Jonah Imoo On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Canada East 6 6 5 17
Canada West 9 7 9 25

Player of the Game
Canada West 31 Jonah Imoo
Canada East 1 Charlie Finn
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