2014 World Junior A Challenge
Blade Mann-Dixon was good in a loss to the United States on Tuesday, but he was great – no, spectacular – on Wednesday, making 38 saves to lead Canada East past Canada West for the first time, and taking home #WJAC2014 Star of the Day.
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.
Kurt Keats will try to complete his World Junior A Challenge medal collection in third consecutive appearance, and four others are back from 2013 as part of the 22-player Canada West contingent headed to Kindersley, Sask.
Thirteen players from the Ontario Junior Hockey League will lead the charge when the puck drops at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge for Canada East, which will not have any returning players on its roster in Kindersley, Sask.
In the spirit of the holiday season, HockeyCanada.ca has counted down the final 12 days until the start of the 2014 World Junior A Challenge. From one Kindersley Klippers representative to 12 points in one tournament, relive the countdown to Kindersley.
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.
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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Standings
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
0
1
4:30 Pm
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
0
0
8:30 Pm
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
Dec 19, 2014
0
0
4:30 Pm
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
0
0
8:30 Pm
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
Dec 20, 2014
0
0
3:30 Pm
West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sask.
Scoring
Goaltending
R Player Goals Assists PTS
1. Nikolaj Ehlers 5 0 5
2. Anthony Angello 1 3 4
3. Zac Tierney 1 2 3
3. Lucas Batt 2 1 3
3. Damien Riat 1 2 3
3. Makai Holdener 1 2 3
3. Andrew Oglevie 2 1 3
3. Tyson Jost 2 1 3
3. Denis Guryanov 2 1 3
3. Dmitri Zhukenov 1 2 3
R Player GAA SV %
1. Anton Krasotkin 1.85 .957
2. Cale Morris 2.00 .929
2. Thomas Lillie 2.00 .939
2. George Sorensen 2.00 .933
3. Ilya Samsonov 2.51 .914
4. Blade Mann-Dixon 2.59 .927
5. Joren Van Pottelberghe 2.88 .928
6. Tommy Nixon 2.92 .893
7. Daniel Muff 7.00 .870
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