Pacific 8 - Russia 7 (OT)

HICKETTS IS HERO AS PACIFIC SURVIVES RUSSIAN COMEBACK

DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – Joe Hicketts (Kamloops, B.C./Victoria, WHL) was the overtime hero for Pacific on Saturday night, scoring on a power play 59 seconds into the extra period to give the Canadian side an 8-7 win over Russia in the opening game for both at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Hicketts tapped home a feed from Brycen Martin (Calgary, Alta./Swift Current, WHL) to end a wild game that Pacific led 7-4 early in the third period before the defending gold medallists battled back to force overtime.

Conner Bleackley had a pair of goals for Pacific, scoring twice in the first period to erase an early 2-0 Russian lead. 

Reid Duke (Calgary, Alta./Lethbridge, WHL), Brayden Point (Calgary, Alta./Moose Jaw, WHL), Ryan Gropp (Kamloops, B.C./Penticton, BCHL), Jake Virtanen (Abbotsford, B.C./Calgary, WHL) and Tanner MacMaster (Calgary, Alta./Camrose, AJHL) did the rest of the scoring for Pacific.

Gropp, MacMaster and Point added assists to their goals for two-point nights, while Martin chipped in with four helpers.

The Russians spread around the scoring, with goals from eight different players – Yegor Orlov, Ilya Zinoviev, Nikita Yazkov, Maxim Lazarev, Radel Fazleyev, Ivan Nikolishin and Eduard Nasybullin.

Zinoviev, Lazarev and Fazleyev finished with a goal and an assist each for Russia.

Payton Lee (Cranbrook, B.C./Vancouver, WHL) went the distance for Pacific, making 34 saves, while Maxim Tretiak and Maxim Sidorov combined for 20 saves in the Russian net. 

The 15 combined goals are the most in a World Under-17 Hockey Challenge game since Quebec beat Slovakia 10-6 in a 2009 preliminary round game in Campbell River, B.C.

Pacific will enjoy a day off Sunday before returning to action against Sweden on Monday afternoon in Drummondville (1:30 p.m. ET), while the Russians will face West on Sunday at the Centre Marcel-Dionne (7:30 p.m. ET).


Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 3
Round/Ronde Preliminary
Arena/Aréna Centre Marcel Dionne Location/Lieu Drummondville, Que.
Date Sat. Dec. 29, 2012
Time/Heure 07:30 PM ET

 

Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 OT1
Final
PAC 2 4 1 1 8
RUS 2 2 3 0 7

 

Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période
Goals/Buts :
06:20 RUS 5 Yegor Orlov (10 Ilya Zinoviev)
09:44 RUS 10 Ilya Zinoviev (28 Alexander Mikulovich)
10:04 PAC 10 Conner Bleackley (19 Ryan Gropp)
17:12 PAC 10 Conner Bleackley (7 Dysin Mayo)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
03:41 PAC 19 Ryan Gropp (Hooking)
06:44 PAC 15 Tanner MacMaster (10-Minute Misconduct)
06:44 PAC 15 Tanner MacMaster (Checking from Behind)
20:00 RUS 14 Daniil Vovchenko (Boarding)

Second Period/Deuxième période
Goals/Buts :
02:14 PAC 12 Reid Duke (15 Tanner MacMaster, 5 Brycen Martin) PP
04:04 RUS 17 Nikita Yazkov (9 Pavel Kraskovskiy)
07:26 PAC 17 Brayden Point (5 Brycen Martin)
09:24 PAC 19 Ryan Gropp (20 Tyler Sandhu) PP
14:51 PAC 18 Jake Virtanen
18:15 RUS 23 Maxim Lazarev

Penalties/Pénaltés :
01:41 RUS 12 Nikita Lyamkin (Roughing)
06:51 RUS 2 Alexei Sleptsov (Closing Hand on Puck)
08:45 RUS 28 Alexander Mikulovich (Tripping)
19:02 RUS 27 Dmitri Sergeyev (10-Minute Misconduct)
19:02 RUS 27 Dmitri Sergeyev (Checking to the Head)

Third Period/Troisième période
Goals/Buts :
00:39 PAC 15 Tanner MacMaster (17 Brayden Point, 5 Brycen Martin) PP
04:36 RUS 19 Radel Fazleyev (12 Nikita Lyamkin)
11:00 RUS 11 Ivan Nikolishin (23 Maxim Lazarev) PP
17:57 RUS 18 Eduard Nasybullin (13 Kirill Pilipenko, 19 Radel Fazleyev) PP

Penalties/Pénaltés :
09:59 PAC 22 Ryan Graham (Tripping)
09:59 PAC 18 Jake Virtanen (Tripping)
13:21 PAC 19 Ryan Gropp (Hooking)
16:35 RUS 18 Eduard Nasybullin (Boarding)
19:07 RUS 5 Yegor Orlov (Tripping)

Overtime/Prolongation
Goals/Buts :
00:59 PAC 3 Joseph Hicketts (5 Brycen Martin) PP

Penalties/Pénaltés :
None

 

Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but
PAC 1 Payton Lee On 1/00:00 Off 4/00:59
RUS 1 Maxim Sidorov On 2/09:25 Off 4/00:59
20 Maxim Tretiak
On 1/00:00
Off 2/09:24

 

Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 OT1
Total
PAC 5 15 5 3 28
RUS 18 11 12 0 41

 

Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match
PAC 17 Brayden Point
RUS
28 Alexander Mikulovich