Pacific 6 – United States 5 (OT)

PETROVIC’S OT WINNER SENDS PACIFIC TO GOLD MEDAL GAME

PORT ALBERNI, BC – After Saturday night, if Alex Petrovic ever returns to Port Alberni, chances are he can eat for free anywhere he wants.

Petrovic’s second goal of the game came 5:35 into overtime as Pacific advanced to the gold medal game at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge after a thrilling 6-5 win over the United States at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

The goal sends Pacific to its first gold medal game since 2005, when it lost the last of four consecutive gold medal games. Ryan Harrison, Brendan Ranford, Brett Connolly and Max Reinhart also scored for the Canadian side, which erased a 5-3 American lead. Jordan Weal had three assists in the win, while Troy Rutkowski pitched in with four helpers.

Jason Zucker, with a pair, Austin Czarnik, Michael Mersch and Matthew Nieto scored in a span 10:26 in the second period for the U.S. to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 5-3 lead. The Americans will play for the bronze medal on Sunday after appearing in the last two gold medal games.


Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 24 Round/Ronde Semifinal
Arena/Aréna Alberni Valley Multiplex Location/Lieu Port Alberni, B.C., Canada
Date Sat. Jan. 03, 2009 Time/Heure 07:00 PM PT

 

Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 OT Final
PAC 2 2 1 1 6
USA 0 5 0 0 5

 

Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
04:06 PAC 22 Ryan Harrison (2 Troy Rutkowski, 7 Austin Madaisky)
04:36 PAC 20 Brendan Ranford (2 Troy Rutkowski, 21 Jordan Weal)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
05:21 PAC 14 Josh Nicholls (Charging)
07:28 PAC 14 Josh Nicholls (Tripping)
14:20 USA 96 Stephan Johns (10-Minute Misconduct)
14:20 USA 96 Stephan Johns (Checking from Behind)

Second Period/Deuxieme Période

Goals/Buts :
07:57 PAC 12 Brett Connolly (20 Brendan Ranford, 21 Jordan Weal)
08:22 USA 79 Jason Zucker (71 Emerson Etem)
11:47 USA 68 Austin Czarnik (96 Stephan Johns)
16:48 USA 84 Michael Mersch
17:22 USA 79 Jason Zucker (57 Nick Shore)
18:48 USA 91 Matthew Nieto (74 Frankie Simonelli, 96 Stephan Johns)
19:17 PAC 6 Alex Petrovic (2 Troy Rutkowski, 7 Austin Madaisky) PP

Penalties/Pénaltés :
12:08 PAC 18 Brad Ross (Roughing)
18:51 USA 57 Nick Shore (Slashing)

Third Period/Troisième Période

Goals/Buts :
18:43 PAC 11 Max Reinhart (2 Troy Rutkowski)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
12:55 USA 91 Matthew Nieto (Holding Opp. Stick)

Overtime/Prolongation

Goals/Buts :
05:35 PAC 6 Alex Petrovic (21 Jordan Weal)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
None

 

Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but
PAC 30 Kent Simpson On 1/00:00 Off 4/05:35
USA 36 Jack Campbell On 1/00:00 Off 4/05:35

 

Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 OT Total
PAC 9 11 10 3 33
USA 14 13 8 3 38

 

Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match
PAC 21 Jordan Weal
USA 79 Jason Zucker

 

Officials/Officiels
Referee/Arbitre TJ Luxmore
Lines People/Juges de lignes Jason Craemer, Darren Spurgeon