FITZGERALD SCORES HAT TRICK IN FIRST TO LEAD AMERICANS IN ROUT OF CANADA EAST
YARMOUTH, N.S. – Ryan Fitzgerald scored a hat trick in the first period and Zach Stepan had two goals of his own as the United States routed Canada East 9-1 in the World Junior A Challenge opener for both on Monday night.
Fitzgerald scored at 2:24, 9:06 and 19:50 of the first to help the Americans to their largest victory ever at the World Junior A Challenge. The eight-goal defeat matched the worst ever by Canada East – it fell to Canada West in the 2009 semifinals by an identical score.
Taylor Cammarata, Vince Hinostroza, Dan Molenaar and Justin Woods had the other goals for the U.S., which got points from 11 different players in the victory.
Molenaar’s goal, scored just seven seconds into the third period, set a tournament record for fastest goal to start a period, bettering the 10 seconds it took American forward Sam Warning to score in a 2009 game against Sweden.
Shane Conacher (Burlington, Ont./Burlington, OJHL) scored the lone goal for Canada East, which came out on the wrong end of a 43-27 shot clock, including 31-11 in the first two periods.
Charlie Finn (North Vancouver, B.C./Kingston, OJHL) got the start in the Canada East goal, allowing four goals on 13 shots before giving way to Daniel Mannella (Woodbridge, Ont./Georgetown, OJHL) to begin the second period. Eamon McAdam made 26 saves to pick up the win for the U.S.
The Americans are right back to action Tuesday night, taking on Switzerland at the Mariners Centre (7:30 p.m. AT), while Canada East will have a day to regroup before facing the Swiss on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m. AT).
|Arena||Mariners Centre||City, Country||Yarmouth, N.S.|
|Month / Day / Year||11/05/2012||Time||07:30 PM AT|
|United States (USA)||4||2||3||9|
|Canada East (CAN E)||0||0||1||1|
02:24 USA 14 Ryan Fitzgerald (10 Taylor Cammarata, 21 Luke Johnson)
09:06 USA 14 Ryan Fitzgerald (17 J.T. Stenglein)
18:45 USA 22 Zach Stepan (24 Ian Brady)
19:30 USA 14 Ryan Fitzgerald (8 Sheldon Dries) PP
06:13 USA 10 Taylor Cammarata (9 Austin Cangelosi, 8 Sheldon Dries) PP
09:24 USA 12 Vince Hinostroza (1 Michael Bitzer) SH
00:07 USA 7 Dan Molenaar (21 Luke Johnson)
05:06 USA 22 Zach Stepan (23 Justin Kloos)
12:46 CAN E 22 Shane Conacher (18 Blaine Byron)
16:45 USA 2 Justin Woods (24 Ian Brady, 9 Austin Cangelosi) PP
|United States||30 Eamon McAdam||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|Canada East||1 Charlie Finn||On 1/00:00||Off 1/20:00|
|30 31 Daniel Mannella||On 2/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|United States||12 Vince Hinostroza|
|Canada East||22 Shane Conacher|