2016-17 National Junior Team

2017 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #25
QF
Final
January 2, 2017 8:00 pm EST
Bell Centre
Montreal, Que.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
F
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
3
2
5
1
1
1
3

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
11
16
14
41
4
5
10
19

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 4
4
0 / 2
8

Game Story

CANADA RALLIES TO TOP CZECHS AND CLINCH BERTH IN SEMIS

DAVID BRIEN

MONTREAL, Que. – Julien Gauthier (Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que./Val-d’Or, QMJHL) scored twice in the third period to help Canada’s National Junior Team to a 5-3 quarter-final win over the Czech Republic on Monday at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The win punches Canada’s ticket to the semifinals after a one-year absence; the Canadians will face Sweden in the final four on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT) at the Bell Centre.

Mitchell Stephens (Peterborough, Ont./Saginaw, OHL) added a goal and two assists and Thomas Chabot (Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Que./Saint John, QMJHL) had one of each in the victory, while Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) was the other goal scorer.

Connor Ingram (Imperial, Sask./Kamloops, WHL) made 16 saves to record the win in the Canadian goal.

Canada outshot the Czechs 11-4 in the first period, but the Europeans had the lone goal after a weird bounce off the referee landed on the stick of David Kase for the 1-0 marker.

The Canadians tied the game less than four minutes into the second period when Mathieu Joseph (Chambly, Que./Saint John, QMJHL) intercepted a clearing attempt and fed the puck to Stephens, who found birthday boy Speers in front for a redirection through Czech goaltender Jakub Skarek.

Stephens gave Canada its first lead at 7:27, scoring right off a won face-off by Anthony Cirelli (Woodbridge, Ont./Oshawa, OHL), only for Tomas Soustal to get the Czechs even less than 90 seconds later, pulling the puck around a sliding Noah Juulsen (Abbotsford, B.C./Everett, WHL) before beating Ingram.

Chabot restored the Canadian advantage for good at 13:32, as he faked a shot, toe-dragged around a Czech player and fired a bullet through a screen and past Skarek to the stick side.

Gauthier led the way for the red-and-white in the final frame, scoring twice in 3:19, sandwiched around a Simon Stransky goal that temporarily made it a one-goal game again.

He roofed a centering pass from Nicolas Roy (Amos, Que./Chicoutimi, QMJHL) for his first goal, and buried the rebound of a Kale Clague (Lloydminster, Alta./Brandon, WHL) for his second to round out the scoring.

The Canadians held a one-sided 41-19 advantage in shots on goal.

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Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Noah Juulsen
Delay of Game (2:00)
9:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Jakub Zboril
Cross-Checking (2:00)
14:20
GOAL
Goal: David Kase

Assists: Adam Musil, Filip Hronek
16:49
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Filip Hronek
Tripping (2:00)
0:40
GOAL
Goal: Blake Speers

Assists: Mitchell Stephens, Mathieu Joseph
3:45
GOAL
Goal: Mitchell Stephens

Assists: Anthony Cirelli
7:27
GOAL
Goal: Tomas Soustal

8:53
GOAL
Goal: Thomas Chabot

Assists: Mitchell Stephens, Anthony Cirelli
13:32
PENALTY
Too Many Players (2:00)
15:35
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Julien Gauthier

Assists: Nicolas Roy, Kale Clague
3:18
GOAL
Goal: Simon Stransky

Assists: Martin Necas
5:54
GOAL
Goal: Julien Gauthier

6:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Filip Hronek
Cross-Checking (2:00)
10:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Jakub Zboril
Cross-Checking (2:00)
19:52
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Jakub Skarek

19:26

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Connor Ingram CAN 60 19 16 3 0.842
Jakub Skarek CZE 59 41 36 5 0.878

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - PTS 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - PTS 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - PTS 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1

Previous Games

4 - 5 L v United StatesUSA
Jan 5, 2017
3 - 5 L v CanadaCAN
Jan 2, 2017
5 - 2 W v SwedenSWE
Jan 4, 2017
2 - 5 L v SwedenSWE
Dec 31, 2016
5 - 3 W @ Czech RepublicCZE
Jan 2, 2017
2 - 3 L v DenmarkDEN
Dec 29, 2016
Videos
Photos
2016-17 NWU18T: USA 3 – CAN 1 (Gold Medal)
Watts tied the game late, but Canada settled for silver at U18 worlds.
2016-17 NWU18T: CAN 6 – SWE 2 (Semifinal)
Shirley and Fillier had two goals apiece to send Canada to the final.
2016-17 NWU18T: CAN 1 – USA 0 OT (Preliminary)
Bell scored in OT, Ranger earned the shutout and Canada edged the U.S.
2016-17 NWU18T: CAN 4 – RUS 2 (Preliminary)
Potomak scored the winner on a third-period PP to keep Canada perfect.
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