QUICK START HELPS PACIFIC TO WIN
PORT ALBERNI, BC – It wasn’t quite as exciting as its heart-stopping last-second win over Russia one night earlier, but Pacific is 2-0 at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Ryan Harrison and Kevin Sundher scored goals in the first 4:03 as the tournament’s ‘home team’ recorded a 4-1 win over Germany on Tuesday night at the Alberni Valley Multiplex, moving ever closer to a Saturday semifinal berth.
Mark Pysyk and Nathan MacMaster also scored for Pacific, while Tom Kühnhackl – on an early second period penalty shot – had Germany’s only goal. The Germans, who have played in the ninth-place game in the last five U17 tournaments, lost their tournament opener.
Pacific won despite being outshot 33-32, including 26-21 in the first two periods. Kent Simpson made 32 saves in picking up his second win in as many nights between the pipes for the Canadian side.
Pacific will enjoy an off day on Wednesday before facing Atlantic in an all-Canadian match-up on Thursday night at the Alberni Valley Multiplex (7 p.m. PST), while Germany will face Atlantic in Duncan on Wednesday night (7 p.m. PST).
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||08||Round/Ronde||Preliminary|
|Arena/Aréna||Alberni Valley Multiplex||Location/Lieu||Port Alberni, B.C., Canada|
|Date||Tue. Dec. 30, 2008||Time/Heure||07:00 PM PT|
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
|Second Period/Deuxieme Période|
|Third Period/Troisième Période|
|Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but|
|GER||30 Mathias Niederberger||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|PAC||30 Kent Simpson||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|
|Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match|
|GER||14 Tom Kuhnhackl|
|PAC||22 Ryan Harrison|
|Lines People/Juges de lignes||Jason Cramer, Jordan Browne|