West 4 – Ontario 7

ONTARIO TO DEFEND GOLD AFTER SEMIFINAL VICTORY OVER WEST

PORT ALBERNI, BC – Could there be a repeat champion at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge? Ontario is one win away from defending its 2008 gold medal after a 7-4 semifinal win over West on Saturday afternoon.

Tyler Toffoli and Erik Gudbranson each scored twice and added an assist to pace the offensive attack as Ontario won its 14th consecutive game at the U17 tournament. John McFarland added two goals, giving him a tournament-leading 11 points in five games. Christian Thomas also scored for the Ontarians, while Tyler Seguin had four assists.

Leading 3-2 after 20 minutes, the defending champs rattled off three unanswered goals in the middle frame to take a 6-2 advantage to the dressing room after two periods. A pair of third-period goals from West made it close, but Gudbranson’s power play marker with six minutes to go sealed the deal.

Michael St. Croix scored two goals to lead the way for West, who will play for bronze for the second year in a row – it took home third from London, ON last year. Brooks Macek and Quinton Howden also found the back of the net in a losing cause.


Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 23 Round/Ronde Semifinal
Arena/Aréna Alberni Valley Multiplex Location/Lieu Port Alberni, B.C., Canada
Date Sat. Jan. 03, 2009 Time/Heure 03:00 PM PT

 

Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Final
WST 2 0 2 4
ONT 3 3 1 7

 

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

Goals/Buts :
01:13 ONT 11 Christian Thomas (3 Ryan O'Connor, 7 Stephen Silas) PP
06:25 WST 17 Brooks Macek (8 Jaden Schwartz, 19 Drew Czerwonka) PP
07:35 WST 20 Michael St. Croix (18 Quinton Howden, 12 Jordan De Pape)
10:25 ONT 16 Tyler Toffoli (3 Ryan O'Connor, 20 Tyler Seguin)
12:49 ONT 18 John McFarland (16 Tyler Toffoli)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
01:03 WST 2 Dylan McIlrath (Roughing)
03:54 ONT 22 Sam Carrick (10-Minute Misconduct)
04:38 ONT 6 Keevin Cutting (Hooking)
08:17 WST 20 Michael St. Croix (High Sticking)
17:18 ONT 4 Brock Beukeboom (Roughing)

Second Period/Deuxieme Période

Goals/Buts :
00:25 ONT 16 Tyler Toffoli (20 Tyler Seguin)
09:31 ONT 18 John McFarland (2 Erik Gudbranson, 20 Tyler Seguin)
16:12 ONT 2 Erik Gudbranson (14 Steven Shipley, 22 Sam Carrick) PP

Penalties/Pénaltés :
01:27 ONT 8 Jeff Braithwaite (Checking from Behind)
01:27 ONT 8 Jeff Braithwaite (10-Minute Misconduct)
02:34 ONT 11 Christian Thomas (Tripping)
11:30 WST 12 Jordan De Pape (Tripping)
11:35 ONT 16 Tyler Toffoli (Hooking)
14:49 WST 10 Kendall McFaull (Tripping)
16:01 WST 4 Kyle Krzyzaniak (Roughing)
16:01 ONT 20 Tyler Seguin (Holding Opp. Stick)
18:43 ONT 19 Jeff Skinner (Tripping)

Third Period/Troisième Période

Goals/Buts :
04:34 WST 8 Jaden Schwartz (19 Drew Czerwonka, 17 Brooks Macek) PP
08:06 WST 20 Michael St. Croix (12 Jordan De Pape, 11 Nolan Zajac) PP
13:09 ONT 2 Erik Gudbranson (7 Stephen Silas, 20 Tyler Seguin) PP

Penalties/Pénaltés :
03:03 ONT 18 John McFarland (Holding Opp. Stick)
07:27 ONT 20 Tyler Seguin (Hooking)
11:38 ONT 3 Ryan O'Connor (Tripping)
11:38 WST 22 Charles Inglis (Slashing)
12:45 WST 18 Quinton Howden (Hooking)
14:26 ONT 4 Brock Beukeboom (Cross Checking)

 

Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but
WST 1 Calvin Pickard On 1/00:00 Off 2/20:00
30 Derek Tendler On 3/00:00 Off 3/20:00
ONT 31 JP Anderson On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

 

Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 Total
WST 16 8 13 37
ONT 7 11 14 32

 

Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match
WST 8 Jaden Schwartz
ONT 16 Tyler Toffoli

 

Officials/Officiels
Referee/Arbitre Tom Sweeney
Lines People/Juges de lignes Joe Monette, Jesse Wilmot