Canada East 0, Canada West 1

IMOO GETS SHUTOUT TO LEAD CANADA WEST TO GOLD MEDAL GAME

YARMOUTH, N.S. – Jonah Imoo (Surrey, B.C./Powell River, BCHL) made 17 saves for the shutout, his second of the tournament, as Canada West advanced to the gold medal game at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge with a 1-0 win over Canada East on Friday night.

It’s the fifth time in as many meetings West has beaten East, including gold medal game victories in 2006, 2007 and 2011, and a semifinal win in 2009.

The victory means Canada West will face the United States for the gold medal on Sunday night (7:30 p.m. AT, TSN), the third time the two teams will meet for the top prize – the U.S. beat the Canadians in 2008 and 2009.

Seb Lloyd (Prince George, B.C./West Kelowna, BCHL) scored the game’s only goal, tipping in a James de Haas (Mississauga, Ont./Penticton, BCHL) point shot just over three minutes into the second period, helping Canada West to only the second 1-0 win in tournament history – Sweden blanked the U.S. by the same score in 2011.

Imoo was the story, becoming the first goaltender ever to record multiple shutouts at a single World Junior A Challenge; he also turned away every shot he faced in a preliminary round win over the Czech Republic on Tuesday night.

His Canada East counterpart, Charlie Finn (North Vancouver, B.C./Kingston, OJHL), did his part to keep his team close by making 23 saves, including breakaway chances by Alex Kerfoot (West Vancouver, B.C./Coquitlam, BCHL) and Brandon Morley (Burnaby, B.C./Coquitlam, BCHL) in the third period.

Canada East will play for bronze for just the second time when it takes on Switzerland in the third-place game on Saturday night (7:30 p.m. AT). The Canadian side lost to Russia in its only previous bronze medal game appearance in 2009.

Game Information
Game Number 10 Round Quarter-final
Arena Mariners Centre City, Country Yarmouth, N.S.
Month / Day / Year 11/09/2012 Time 7:30 PM AT
Attendance 1444 Game Status Final

Box Score 1 2 3 Total
Canada East (SUI) 0 0 0 0
Canada West (USA) 0 1 0 1

Goals/Penalties
First Period

Goals: 
   None

Penalties: 
03:17 CAN E 16 Troy Josephs (Tripping) 
05:08 CAN E 5 Mike Crocock (Delay of Game) 
08:39 CAN W 17 Zachary Pryzbek  (Inter. on Goaltender) 
16:14 CAN W 26 Kurt Keats (High Sticking) 
19:00 CAN E 17 Michael Neville (Boarding)

Second Period

Goals: 
   03:24 CAN W 8 Seb Lloyd (25 James De Haas, 21 Wade Murphy) 

Penalties: 
00:48 CAN W 14 Alex Kerfoot (Interference) 
09:03 CAN W 8 Seb Lloyd (Slashing) 
09:44 CAN E 26 Justin Danforth (High Sticking) 
10:59 CAN W 21 Wade Murphy (Cross Checking)

Third Period

Goals: 
   None

Penalties: 
06:14 CAN W 14 Alex Kerfoot (Slashing) 
09:33 CAN E 19 Matt Buckles (Charging) 
16:05 CAN W 9 Dylan Richard (Tripping) 
16:35 CAN E 15 Marly Quince (Hooking)


Goaltenders
Canada East 1 Charlie Finn On 1/00:00 Off 3/19:13
Canada West 31 Jonah Imoo On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 Total
Canada East 6 6 5 17
Canada West 9 7 9 25

Player of the Game
Canada East 1 Charlie Finn
Canada West 31 Jonah Imoo
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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