2014 World Junior A Challenge
Thomas Novak finished with a goal and an assist, seven different players scored goals and 12 recorded at least a point as the U.S. opened up a 5-1 lead after one period and earned the right to defend its gold medal by beating the Canadians.
Oliver Bjorkstrand had a pair of goals, including the game-winner, Mikkel Aagaard and Nikolaj Ehlers added two assists apiece and the Danes advanced to the gold medal game in their World Junior A Challenge debut with a semifinal victory.
Ilya Samsonov was a one-man show for the Russians in their bronze medal game victory over Canada East; the goaltender stopped all 46 shots he faced, set a tournament record for saves in a shutout and picked up #WJAC2014 Star of the Day honours.
They may be 16 years old and BCHL rookies with the Penticton Vees, but Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost have earned their international hockey stripes since Halloween at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and 2014 World Junior A Challenge.
Sean Flanagan knows just what it’s like to be a part of the World Junior A Challenge, having represented Canada West in 2010. And the former Kindersley Klippers defenceman knows what his hometown has to look forward to as it plays host to the tournament.
Eight years after they helped break new ground in Canadian Junior A hockey, Riley Nash and Cam Talbot take a quick skate down memory lane and share their memories from the inaugural World Junior A Challenge in Yorkton and Humboldt, Sask.
From set-up men to shutdown defencemen, goal scorers to goaltenders, NHL Central Scouting has chosen three players from each team on the ice at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Sask., as Players to Watch.
Who recorded the most points at a single World Junior A Challenge? Who scored the fastest goal from the start of a game? Who had the longest shutout streak? Get all the answers in the official World Junior A Challenge Guide & Record Book.
Blade Mann-Dixon made 38 saves in a spectacular performance, Alex Tonge scored the game-winner on the power play early in the third period and East beat West for the first time ever to advance to Thursday’s semifinals.
Nikolai Chebyakin’s second goal of the game near the seven-minute mark of the second period stood up as the game-winner as the Russians advanced to a semifinal showdown with Denmark by beating the Swiss.
Shane Gersich tipped in the game-winning goal with just 2.5 seconds to go in the third period, and the Americans scored twice in the final 91 seconds to edge the Canadians, clinch first in Group A and book their semifinal berth.
Tyson Jost scored once in regulation and got the winner in the shootout, Gabe Bast also scored, Tommy Nixon made 32 saves and Canada West ended the preliminary round with a victory to set up an all-Canadian quarter-final.
Nikolaj Ehlers had a hat trick – running his total to five goals in two games – and Denmark earned its second victory in less than 24 hours, beating Russia to clinch first place in Group B and earn a bye into Thursday’s semifinals.
Eric Schierhorn made 24 saves for the shutout, Anthony Angello had a goal and three assists, Andrew Oglevie scored twice and added a helper, and the Americans opened their gold medal defence with a one-sided win over the Swiss.
August Impose scored the lone goal in the shootout, Joren Van Pottelberghe made 43 saves in regulation and overtime (and three more in the shootout), and Switzerland erased a pair of one-goal deficits to edge Canada East.
First-round NHL draft pick Nikolaj Ehlers scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner with just three minutes to go, and Denmark survived a two-goal Canada West comeback to win in its World Junior A Challenge debut.
Two days before the puck drops to begin the World Junior A Challenge, five of the six teams were on the ice Friday for pre-tournament action across southwestern Saskatchewan, with Denmark, Russia and the U.S. earning wins.

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Results
Group A
Team GP W L OTW OTL PTS
USA 2 2 0 0 0 6
SUI 2 0 1 1 0 2
CAN-E 2 0 1 0 1 1
Group B
Team GP W L OTW OTL PTS
DEN 2 2 0 0 0 6
CAN-W 2 0 1 1 0 2
RUS 2 0 1 0 1 1
Dec 14, 2014
4
3
Final
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
3
2
Final
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
Dec 15, 2014
2
4
Final
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
7
0
Final
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
Dec 16, 2014
2
3
Final
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
3
2
Final
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
Dec 17, 2014
3
2
Final
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
4
2
Final
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
Dec 18, 2014
1
5
Final
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
1
7
Final
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
Dec 19, 2014
3
2
Final
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
2
0
Final
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
Dec 20, 2014
3
2
Final
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
Scoring
Goaltending
R Player Goals Assists PTS
1. Nikolaj Ehlers 6 3 9
2. Thomas Novak 3 4 7
3. Brock Boeser 4 1 5
3. Anthony Angello 2 3 5
3. Oliver Bjorkstrand 3 2 5
4. Christian Wolanin 0 4 4
4. Matthias Asperup 1 3 4
4. Denis Guryanov 3 1 4
4. Dmitri Zhukenov 1 3 4
5. Zac Tierney 1 2 3
R Player GAA SV %
1. Eric Schierhorn 0.97 .959
2. Ilya Samsonov 1.67 .952
3. George Sorensen 1.95 .950
4. Cale Morris 2.00 .929
4. Thomas Lillie 2.00 .939
5. Joren Van Pottelberghe 2.88 .928
6. Tommy Nixon 2.92 .893
7. Evan Weninger 3.07 .850
8. Blade Mann-Dixon 3.34 .909
9. Anton Krasotkin 3.36 .917
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