2012-Yarmouth World Junior A Challenge

Czech Republic 0 - Canada East 4


YARMOUTH, N.S. – Shane Conacher (Burlington, Ont./Burlington, OJHL) scored twice, both on the power play, and Canada East had three goals on the man advantage overall as it advanced to the semifinals at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge with a 4-0 quarter-final win over the Czech Republic on Thursday night.

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The victory sets up an all-Canadian semifinal on Friday (7:30 p.m. AT) between Canada East and Canada West.

Charlie Finn (North Vancouver, B.C./Kingston, OJHL) made 25 saves for the shutout, posting Canada East’s second shutout ever at the World Junior A Challenge – the other came in last year’s preliminary round against, ironically, the Czech Republic.

Matt Buckles (Toronto, Ont./St. Michael’s, OJHL) and Troy Josephs (Whitby, Ont./St. Michael’s, OJHL) had the other goals for Canada East, which outshot the Czechs 28-25. Josephs finished with a goal and an assist, while Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ont./Kemptville, CCHL) chipped in with a pair of helpers.

Canada East is winless in four all-time meetings with its western counterparts, including three gold medal games (2006, 2007, 2011) and one semifinal, a 9-1 Canada West victory at the 2009 tournament in Summerside, P.E.I.

Rene Svoboda took the loss in the Czech Republic goal, turning aside 24 shots. The Czechs will face Russia in Saturday’s fifth-place game (2 p.m. AT), the second year in a row the two teams have met for fifth.


Game Information
Game Number 08 Round Quarter-final
Arena Mariners Centre City, Country Yarmouth, N.S.
Month / Day / Year 11/08/2012 Time 07:30 PM AT
Attendance 1311 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Czech Republic (CZE) 0 0 0 0
Canada East (CAN E) 1 2 1 4

First Period
   15:05 CAN E 19 Matt Buckles (17 Michael Neville, 16 Troy Josephs) PP

   07:56 CZE 29 Jakub Illes (Interference)
   13:23 CZE 4 Martin Kokes (Boarding)
   17:44 CAN E 26 Justin Danforth (Boarding)
   18:42 CZE 13 Jakub Vrana (Tripping)

Second Period
   01:35 CAN E 16 Troy Josephs (23 Christian Weidauer, 5 Mike Crocock)
   18:34 CAN E 22 Shane Conacher (18 Blaine Byron, 8 Jared Walsh) PP

   17:26 CZE 17 Roman Prikryl (Hooking)
   19:27 CZE 4 Martin Kokes (Holding)

Third Period
   06:47 CAN E 22 Shane Conacher (8 Jared Walsh, 11 Dalen Hedges) PP

   05:08 CZE 4 Martin Kokes (Delay of Game)
   15:39 CAN E 11 Dalen Hedges (Hooking)

Czech Republic
30 Rene Svoboda On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
Canada East
1 Charlie Finn On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Czech Republic 7 10 8 25
Canada East 11 11 6 28

Player of the Game
Canada East 22 Shane Conacher
Czech Republic 12 Jiri Kepka
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