Sunday, Jan.4, 2004
ONTARIO DEFEATS PACIFIC 5-2 TO WIN WORLD
Ontario captures its 4th Gold Medal since this event’s inception in 1995. Team Pacific lost its third consecutive gold medal game to capture a silver medal. Player of the game honours went to Kyle Lamb for Team Ontario while Brock Bradford took home the award for Team Pacific.» more
TeamQuebec defeated the USA 3-2 in the Bronze Medal Game.
This will be the first time Canadian teams will finish 1,2,3
ONTARIO 5 - PACIFIC 2
The Gold Medal Final was another rematch from the round robin between the two power house teams from the B pool. After a hard fought 5-5 tie in the round robin, this game looked to be another classic. Team Ontario opened the scoring in the first on a power-play goal by Andrew Cogliano. Team Pacific responded with a goal by Brock Bradford while on a 5-3 power-play. The first period ended in a 1-1 tie, with the two teams trading power play goals. Team Ontario broke the deadlock when Kyle Lamb scored a power-play goal just 50 seconds into the second period. Team Ontario widened the gap with goals by Kevin Baker and Cal Clutterbuck to increase its lead to 4-1. Team Pacific came back from 4-0 down versus Team Ontario in the 5-5 round robin game, but they were not able to pull off the same heroics in this one.. Team Ontario added a power-play goal in the third on a goal by Kyle Lamb, his second of the night. Team Pacific’s Kris Russell scored a short handed goal with just under 5 minutes remaining, but it was too little too late. Andrew Cogliano had 1 goal and 2 assists, and Patrick McNeill added three assists for Team Ontario in the 5-2 win. Ontario captures its 4th Gold Medal since the tournaments inception in 1995. Team Pacific lost its third consecutive gold medal game to capture the Silver. Player of the game honours went to Kyle Lamb for Team Ontario while Brock Bradford took home the award for Team Pacific. This game set a tournament record for highest ever attendance with 6,247, which was a sell-out at Mile One Arena.
QUEBEC 3 - USA 2
The Bronze Medal game was a rematch of a round robin game that saw Team Quebec defeat Team USA 4-1.Team Quebec opened the scoring on a power-play goal by Guillaume Latendresse with just over two minutes remaining in the first period. Quebec added a second goal scored a minute later by Marc-Andre Cote to increase their lead to 2-0. However, USA responded with a late goal by Philip Kessel with 9 seconds left in the period to pull to within one. Team Quebec scored a short-handed goal by Phillippe Cote to put Quebec back up by 2 with a 3-1 score. Team USA kept themselves into it by replying at 4:16 of the second on a goal scored by Nathan Gerbe. The USA fired everything they had at the Quebec net registering 30 shots in the second period. With a 3-2 lead heading into the third, both teams played a tight defensive game. No goals were scored in the third and the game ended 3-2 for Team Quebec as they capture the Bronze Medal. Player of the game honours went to Team Quebec goalie Jean-Philippe Levasseur, who made 50 saves. USA’s Jack Johnson took home the honours for the Americans.Team
This year's World Under-17 games (all Dec. 29-Jan.4 games) will be tracked with a ‘Real Time Stats' program. To get “real time” scores, game summaries, schedules, rosters, and in-depth statistics, fans can go to Hockey Canada's official web site at www.hockeycanada.ca.
The 32-game event will be played at two venues in St.John's, Mile One Stadium and Mount Pearl Glacier. The gold medal game will be played January 4, 2004 at Mile One Stadium, 7:30pm (NFLD) and will be televised on TSN, taped delayed on January 5th (check local listings).
The World Under-17 Challenge is the first step in Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence, which identifies coaches and players for Canada's Under-18 and World Junior Championship teams. 20 of Canada's 22 players at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship played at previous Under-17 events.
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Rob Litwinski Manager, Domestic Events