Belarus 5, Canada East 7

CANADA EAST WRAPS UP FIRST PLACE IN GROUP B WITH WILD WIN

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – After two wild wins in as many days, Canada East has earned three days off at the 2009 World Junior A Challenge.
Taking to the ice less than 24 hours after their remarkable comeback win over the United States, the Canadians scored early and often against Belarus on Monday night, turning back push after push by the Europeans in a 7-5 victory.

The win leaves Canada East (1-1-0-0) with an insurmountable lead atop Group B, and ensures it of a spot in Friday’s late semifinal (7 p.m. AT). Belarus (0-0-0-1), which was the last team to make its 2009 debut, will face the U.S. on Tuesday (7 p.m. AT) in a battle for second place in the group.

After needing almost 40 minutes to reach five shots on goal against the Americans, Canada East reached that mark within the opening five minutes of Tuesday’s game, and took an early two-goal lead on markers from Sebastien Gingras and Alex Guptill.

Evgeniy Nagachev got the Belarussians on the board just short of the midway point of the first period, but Simon Bessette knocked a rebound past Belarus goaltender Dzmitry Volkau before the end of the frame to send Canada East to the dressing room up by a pair.

The Belarus power play came alive in the second period, led by Siarhei Drozd, who extended his lead atop the all-time World Junior A Challenge goal scoring list with a pair of goals in the period, both coming with the man advantage. Siarhei Maliauka also converted on the power play in the period for Belarus, giving it four goals on six opportunities through two periods.

Not to be outdone, the Canadians scored a pair of power plays goals of their own in period two, with Jordan Mustard and Andrew Calof getting in on the action.

Mustard’s goal spelled the end of the night for Volkau, who allowed four goals on 11 shots before getting the hook.

The Canadians adopted a bend-but-don’t-break strategy over the final 30 minutes, three times allowing Belarus to climb within two goals, but never letting

it get any closer. Jordan Ruby made the saves he had to make, turning away 22 shots to earn the victory.

David Pratt and Drozd, who wrapped up his second WJAC hat trick, traded goals in the third period to round out the scoring.

Game Information
Game Number 04 Round Preliminary
Arena Credit Union Place City, Country Summerside, P.E.I.
Month / Day / Year 11/02/2009 Time 07:00 PM AT
Attendance ---- Game Status Final

Box Score 1 2 3 Total
Belarus (BLR) 1 3 1 5
Canada East (CAN E) 3 3 1 7

Goals/Penalties
First Period

Goals: 
   02:42 CAN E 10 Sebastien Gingras (17 Greg Carey) 
   04:52 CAN E 25 Alex Guptill (11 Colin Campbell) 
   09:25 BLR 7 Evgeniy Nagachev (8 Viachaslau Raitsou) PP 
   12:36 CAN E 16 Simon Bessette (23 David Roy, 20 Nick Huard) 

Penalties: 
07:49 CAN E 19 Brock Higgs (Holding) 
10:12 BLR 21 Mikalai Susla (Hooking) 

Second Period

Goals: 
   02:43 BLR 19 Siarhei Drozd (12 Mikhail Kharamanda, 5 Siarhei Bahaleisha) PP 
   06:56 CAN E 24 Jordan Mustard (25 Alex Guptill, 21 Lucas Lessio) PP 
   10:44 CAN E 26 Julian Melchiori (15 Kyle Just, 19 Brock Higgs) 
   11:52 BLR 24 Siarhei Maliauka (13 Siarhei Karolik, 12 Mikhail Kharamanda) PP2 
   14:58 CAN E 9 Andrew Calof (10 Sebastien Gingras, 26 Julian Melchiori) PP2 
   19:08 BLR 19 Siarhei Drozd (5 Siarhei Bahaleisha, 14 Aliaksandr Famin) PP 

Penalties: 
02:32 CAN E 11 Colin Campbell (Tripping) 
03:06 BLR 18 Viacheslau Makritski (10-Minute Misconduct) 
03:06 BLR 18 Viacheslau Makritski (Checking from Behind) 
05:07 BLR 12 Mikhail Kharamanda (Roughing) 
09:13 BLR 12 Mikhail Kharamanda (Slashing) 
09:57 CAN E 9 Andrew Calof (Holding Opp. Stick) 
11:26 CAN E 25 Alex Guptill (Tripping) 
13:45 BLR Team (Too Many Men) 
13:54 BLR 12 Mikhail Kharamanda (Checking from Behind) 
13:54 BLR 12 Mikhail Kharamanda (10-Minute Misconduct) 
15:27 BLR 3 Dzianis Hrybko (High Sticking) 
16:32 CAN E 9 Andrew Calof (High Sticking) 
16:32 CAN E 9 Andrew Calof (High Sticking) 

Third Period

Goals: 
   07:49 CAN E 4 David Pratt (19 Brock Higgs, 22 Jonathan Milley) 
   08:50 BLR 19 Siarhei Drozd (8 Viachaslau Raitsou, 12 Mikhail Kharamanda) 

Penalties: 
01:00 CAN E 22 Jonathan Milley (Elbowing) 
14:49 CAN E 15 Kyle Just (Holding) 
14:49 BLR 13 Siarhei Karolik (Holding) 


Goaltenders
Belarus 20 Dzmitry Volkau On 1/0:00 Off 2/06:56
1 Stanislau Artynski On 2/06:57 Off 3/19:13
Canada East 1 Jordan Ruby On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 Total
Belarus 11 11 5 27
Canada East 9 6 3 18

Player of the Game
Belarus 15 Siarhei Drozd
Canada East 26 Julian Melchiori
Scoreboard
Thursday, May 16, 2013
3:00 p.m. AT WST2 5 - WST1 2
Preliminary
7:30 p.m. AT EST 4 - HST 2
Preliminary
Friday, May 17, 2013
  OFF DAY  
Saturday, May 18, 2013
2:00 p.m. AT CEN 4 - WST2 5 (OT)
Semifinal
6:00 p.m. AT HST 3- WST1 2 (OT)
Semifinal
Sunday, May 19, 2013
7:00 p.m. AT HST 1 - WST2 3
Championship



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