Day in Review
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
SLOVAKIA 2 vs USA 2
The Under 17 World Hockey Championship tournament opened up for Team Sloviakia and Team USA in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Nicholas Sheran Arena. Both teams came out strong playing with intensity. The game scoring was opened up at the 13:18 minute mark of a very physical 1st period, when USA forward James O'Brien (15) scored his first goal of the tournament. The first period ended 1-0 USA. It only took 58 seconds of the second period for this game to be tied at 1-1, with a quick shot by Erik Caladi (18). Erik Johnson (42) scored the second goal for Team USA, when his point shot found the back of the net pass goalie Marek Simko (25). In the third period the game was tied up again by Erik Caladi (18) who scored his second goal of the tournament on a 5 minute power play . The game ended with each team reciving a point in the tournament after a 2-2 draw. Next up for Team Slovakia will be Team West. As for Team USA they will face Team Germany tommorow.
FINLAND 4 vs CZECH REPUBLIC 1
In a game dominated by Finland, Martin Latal was one of the few bright lights for the Czech Republic. Named the Czech’s player of the game, Latal was granted an assist on the only goal his team was able to score in the contest. The Finns outplayed the Czechs as evidence by the shots on goal differential. The Czech’s 25 shots was no match for Finland’s 35. Nico Aaltonen, Juuso Antonen, Tomi Stahlhammar, Juuso Puustinen, and Ilkka Heikkila all recorded 2 points each in Finland’s first official victory in the tournament.
TEAM ONTARIO 6 vs GERMANY 1
Both Team Ontario and Team Germany, were looking to start the tournament off on the right note as they each played their first game of the tournament in front of a respectable crowd at the Nicholas Sheran Arena. The early momentum was gained when Justin Azevedo (20), opened the goal scoring on a shot that found the back of the net. His goal was followed with a beautiful top shelf goal by John Hughes (9). Two more goals followed in the second period including a five on three power play goal scored by Ryan McInerney (16). Germany was able to get on the score board in the third period on a power play goal scored by Marcel Muller (19). Muller's goal proved to be to little to late as Team Ontario held on for the win, finishing the game with two more by Jordan Stall (10) and Nathan Martine (5). Although the scoreboard showed a lopsided win for Team Ontario, both sides had their chances. Goalies Mark Packwood (30) for Team Ontario and Timo Pielmeier for Team Germany (30), made many huge saves in this game. Both teams will have to find ways to stay out of the penalty box if they are to look for future success in the tournament. The deserving players of the game were Justin Azevedo (20) for Team Ontario and Maximilian Brandi (12) for Team Germany.
QUEBEC 2 vs TEAM PACIFIC 3
In the first period, Benjamin Breault scored the game’s first goal which put Team Quebec up 1-0. In the second period, Mitch Fadden’s 2 goals, accompanied by Team Quebec’s inability to stay out of the penalty box, gave Team Pacific a 3-2 lead. There was no scoring in the third period which preserved the win for Team Pacific. Goaltender Leland Irving stopped 39 shots in the victory. Tyler Swystun scored the game winning goal for Team Pacific. Dany Masse was the other goal scorer for Team Quebec. Benjamin Breault was the player of the game for Team Quebec. Team Pacific’s player of the game was Ben Maxwell.
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