UNITED STATES HAMMERS WEST TO WRAP UP FIRST PLACE
PARKSVILLE, BC – With first place on the line, the United States came to play.
Seven different players scored goals and Chase Balisy and Brandon Saad had a goal and two assists apiece as the U.S. wrapped up top spot in Group B with a 7-0 win over previously-unbeaten West on Friday night at Oceanside Place.
Nick Shore, Luke Moffatt, Michael Mersch, Stephen Johns and Matthew Nieto also scored for the Americans, who finished with an unblemished 4-0 preliminary round record, outscoring their opponents 29-5.
West suffered its first loss, finishing the prelims at 3-1. Derek Tendler saw his first action of the tournament between the pipes for the Canadian side, turning aside 36 shots in a losing cause.
Both teams will play in semifinals on Saturday – West will face Ontario in an all-Canadian final four match-up (3 p.m. PST), while the United States will take on Pacific (7 p.m. PST). Both games will go at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||19||Round/Ronde||Preliminary|
|Arena/Aréna||Oceanside Place||Location/Lieu||Oceanside, B.C., Canada|
|Date||Fri. Jan. 02, 2009||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|
|WST||30 Derek Tendler||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|USA||36 Jack Campbell||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|
|Lines People/Juges de lignes||Cody Huseby, Jesse Wilmot|