West 2 – United States 4

U.S. CLAIMS BRONZE WITH WIN OVER WEST

PORT ALBERNI, BC – For the fifth time in the last seven tournaments, the United States will take a medal home from the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Jacob Fallon had a hat trick and Shane Sooth added a trio of assists as the Americans claimed the bronze medal with a 4-2 victory over West on Sunday afternoon at the Alberni Valley Multiplex. It is the first ever bronze for the U.S. at the U17 tournament, joining two golds (2001, 2002) and four silvers (1994, 1998, 2006, 2008).

Stuart Higgins also scored for the United States, which took to the ice less than 15 hours after its emotion-draining overtime loss to Pacific in the semifinals. The U.S. led 4-0 after 40 minutes on its way to the bronze.

Quinton Howden had both goals for West, scoring twice in the first four minutes of the third period to give the Canadian side life. Michael St. Croix and captain Jordan De Pape picked up assists on both of Howden’s goals.

West played in the bronze medal game for the second consecutive year – after winning the third-place game last year in London, ON, it finished fourth for the first time since 2001. The Westerners remain at two medals all-time (G-1995, B-2008).


Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 26 Round/Ronde Bronze Medal
Arena/Aréna Alberni Valley Multiplex Location/Lieu Port Alberni, B.C., Canada
Date Sun. Jan. 04, 2009 Time/Heure 12:00 PM PT

 

Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Final
WST 0 0 2 2
USA 2 2 0 4

 

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

Goals/Buts :
04:43 USA 63 Jacob Fallon (40 Shane Sooth)
15:30 USA 63 Jacob Fallon (40 Shane Sooth, 44 Adam Clendining) PP

Penalties/Pénaltés :
10:49 USA 57 Nick Shore (Tripping)
13:49 WST 21 Sean Aschim (Slashing)

Second Period/Deuxieme Période

Goals/Buts :
08:09 USA 94 Stuart Higgins (67 Bryan Rust, 73 Luke Moffatt)
14:49 USA 63 Jacob Fallon (84 Michael Mersch, 40 Shane Sooth)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
01:41 WST 18 Quinton Howden (Hooking)
05:41 USA 57 Nick Shore (High Sticking)
09:53 USA 44 Adam Clendining (Slashing)

Third Period/Troisième Période

Goals/Buts :
01:10 WST 18 Quinton Howden (12 Jordan De Pape, 20 Michael St. Croix)
03:50 WST 18 Quinton Howden (20 Michael St. Croix, 12 Jordan De Pape)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
05:54 USA 47 Kevin Clare (Delay of Game)

 

Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but
WST 1 Calvin Pickard On 1/00:00 Off 4/05:35
USA 37 Will Yanakeff On 1/00:00 Off 4/05:35

 

Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 Total
WST 5 12 11 28
USA 13 16 8 37

 

Officials/Officiels
Referee/Arbitre Frederic Lablanc
Lines People/Juges de lignes Joe Monette, Jason Creamer