Canada East 4, Switzerland 2

RETURNEES LEAD WAY AS CANADA EAST ADVANCES TO PLAY FOR GOLD

PENTICTON, B.C. – Nick Huard scored twice and added an assist and Jordan Ruby made 39 saves as Canada East advanced to the gold medal game at the World Junior A Challenge for the first time since 2007 with a 4-2 semifinal win over Switzerland on Saturday afternoon.

Huard and Ruby are the only two players on the Canada East roster who were part of last year’s team in Summerside, P.E.I., which lost 9-1 in the semifinals to Canada West. Thanks to them, there’s guaranteed to be at least one Canadian team on the ice when the gold medal game faces off on Sunday (5:30 p.m. PT, TSN2).

The Swiss, who won both of their preliminary round games and hadn’t played since Tuesday, will play on Sunday afternoon (1:30 p.m. PT) for the bronze medal.

For the second game in a row, Canada East caught a lucky break to open the scoring. With Swiss goaltender Remo Giovannini on the bench for an extra attacker on a delayed penalty, a stickhandling mistake ended up in the empty Swiss goal, with Robert Polesello getting credit.

But Switzerland struck back on the ensuing power play, as Ryan McGregor went short side on Ruby to pull even at 1-1.

Huard and linemate Maxime Dumond took over in the second period, with Dumond setting up Huard for the 2-1 goal at 3:27 before Huard returned the favour exactly three minutes later, pushing the East lead to two after 40 minutes.

Switzerland got one back early in the third, as Gregory Hofmann banked one off Ruby from behind the net, but the Canada East netminder shut the door from there, making 17 saves alone in the third period as the Swiss held an 18-4 advantage in shots on goal.

Huard put the game away with an empty net goal at 19:27, sending Canada East to face the winner of Saturday’s late semifinal between Canada West and the United States.

Game Information
Game Number 10 Round Semi-Final
Arena South Okanagan Events Centre City, Country Penticton, B.C.
Month / Day / Year 11/13/2010 Time 2:00 PM PT
Attendance 1576 Game Status Final

Box Score 1 2 3 Total
Canada East (CAN E) 1 2 1 4
Switzerland (SUI) 1 0 1 2

Goals/Penalties
First Period

Goals: 
   14:38 CAN E 22 Robert Polesello (5 Matt Chiarantano) EN
   15:43 SUI  19 Ryan McGregor  PP 

Penalties: 
06:27 SUI  7 Luca Camperchioli (Boarding) 
09:27 SUI  5 Romain Loeffel (Interference) 
13:27 SUI  23 Matthias Rossi (10-Minute Misconduct) 
13:27 SUI  23 Matthias Rossi (Checking from Behind) 
14:38 CAN E 5 Matt Chiarantano (Tripping) 
17:54 CAN E 10 Scott Wilson (Charging) 
18:53 CAN E 16 Matthew Peca (Cross Checking)

Second Period

Goals: 
   03:27 CAN E 20 Nick Huard (19 Maxime Dumond, 12 Zach Hyman) 
   06:27 CAN E 19 Maxime Dumond (20 Nick Huard) 

Penalties: 
None

Third Period

Goals: 
   03:04 SUI  13 Gregory Hofmann (23 Matthias Rossi) 
   19:27 CAN E 20 Nick Huard  EN

Penalties: 
15:46 CAN E 14 Tylor Spink (Holding) 
20:00 SUI  12 Renato Engler (Charging)


Goaltenders
Canada East 31 Jordan Ruby On 1/0:000 Off 3/20:00
Switzerland
20 Remo Giovannini
On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 Total
Canada East 15 10 4 29
Switzerland 14 9 18 41

Player of the Game
Canada East 20 Nick Huard
Switzerland 19 Ryan McGregor
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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