Atlantic 2 - West 1
ATLANTIC EARNS BEST FINISH SINCE ’05 WITH WIN OVER WEST
by Matthew Nicholson
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – For the first time since winning bronze in 2005, Atlantic has cracked the tophalf of the final standings at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Taylor Burke’s goal at 12:06 of the third period stood up as the game winner as Atlantic scored a tight2-1 win over West in Monday night’s fifth-place game at the PCU Centre.
The game marked the second year in a row the two teams matched up in a placement game; last year they metfor seventh place in northern Ontario, a game won 4-2 by Atlantic.
A defensive battle throughout, both goaltenders were tested often, but neither was beaten until Atlantic’sDevon Oliver-Dares broke the scoreless deadlock 1:31 into the second period, burying a loose puck behind Westgoaltender Chris Dreidger.
That goal was the only one of the game until Burke’s, which gave Atlantic a little breathing room andbecame the game winner when West’s Brendan Leipsic beat Atlantic netminder Brandon Whitney at 14:19 of thefinal frame.
Whitney proved to be the story, making 34 saves as West outshot Atlantic 35-19.
West did damage to its comeback chances with a pair of too many men on the ice penalties in the thirdperiod, the second coming with just 1:35 to go, leaving it shorthanded for the final 95 seconds.
|Game Number||23||Round||5th Place|
|Arena||PCU Centre||City, Country||Portage la Prairie, Man.|
|Month / Day / Year||01/03/2011||Time||07:30 PM CT|
01:31 ATL 16 Devon Oliver-Dares (7 Liam O'Brien , 21 Ryan Penny)
12:06 ATL 19 Taylor Burke
14:19 WST 15 Brendan Leipsic
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Referee||Jason Pyke, Scott Wilson|
|Lines People||Mat Hicks|
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