Day in Review

Saturday, January 1, 2005


It looked like it was going to be all Team USA, when they started 2005 off with a bang, scoring four goals in the first period. Goals came from Jamie McBain, Bill Sweatt, Blake Geoffrion and Ryan Flynn. Team Ontario showed they still had life when Aaron Snow scored late in the period. In the second period Justin Azevedo cut the USA lead in half, when his goal found the top shelf. Team USA regained their three point lead when Chris Summers sneaked one threw the five hole on Team Ontario Goalie, Jason Guy. Cory Emmerton was again able to bring the game closer as he scored a shorthanded goal to close out the second period.  The third period was all Team Ontario as they scored four unanswered goals. Cory Emmerton buried his second of the game, while Jordan Stall scored two, one included an empty net goal. The biggest goal came with 22 seconds left in the game when James McGinn silenced the USA fans and scored the game winner. The players of the game were Brian Strait for Team USA and Jason Guy for Team Ontario.


A boisterous crowd at the Enmax Centre on New Year’s Day added to the electricity on the ice, as both teams came out firing early in the contest. Patrick O’Keefe scored on a point shot to give Team Atlantic a 1-0 lead. Team Pacific quickly retaliated when Ben Maxwell snuck in a nifty wrap-around goal to tie it up 1-1. Atlantic reclaimed the lead early in the second when Robert Slaney’s shot found the back of the net. Pacific did not sit idle, as forward Zach Hamill scored two unanswered goals to give his team a 3-2 lead before the end of the second period. In the third, Jesse Dudas recorded his tournament leading 6th assist when he assisted on Robert Skinner’s goal early in the frame. Pacific then added another marker for his team when Tyler Swystun scored the club’s 5th goal to give the team a 5-2 lead. Pacific held onto the lead to establish the win. Pacific’s record improves to 2-0-2. Atlantic’s record drops to 2-1-0. Philadelphia Flyers’ head coach Ken Hitchcock presented the players of the game. Brad Marchand was the player of the game for Atlantic. Brady Calla was the player of the game for Pacific.


Team Quebec dominated Finland in the first period which was evidenced by Quebec’s 20 shots on goal, to Finland’s 6. Despite the high number of shots taken, Quebec’s Benjamin Breault scored the only goal for his club in the period. It was goaltender Niko Hovinen who kept his team in the game after the first twenty minutes of play. His Finnish teammate, Jan-Mikael Juutilainen capitalized on a power-play opportunity to tie the game 1-1. Finland changed their tone drastically in the second period, scoring 4 goals within ten minutes. Francois Bouchard picked up his second point on the night when he assisted on Hugo Carpentier’s lone Quebec goal in the period. The frame ended with Finland in the lead with a score of 5-2. The third period saw Quebec and Finland score 1 goal each, to conclude the game with a final score of 6-3, and a victory for Finland. Finland’s record improves to 2-0-1 with the win on the evening. Quebec’s record drops to 0-3-0. Finnish forwards Timo Rinne and Jan-Mikael Juutilainen had a strong game, gathering 4 and 5 points respectively. Niko Hovinen made 42 saves for the win.


Team West looked to go 3-0 in the tournament as they played winless Team Germany in front of a pro Team West crowd at the Nicholas Sheran Arena. Team West came out flying as Jordan Knackstedt split the German defense and opened the scoring. Team Germany was equal to the task as Patrick Hager split the Team West defense and tied the game at one. Team West came right back to take the lead, when Kyle Bortis scored two quick goals past Benjamin Dirksen. The domination continued for Team West in the second period,  as three goals were scored. First, by Logan Pyett, followed by Ian Duval, and Jonathan Toews. Team Germany was able to sneak one in at the end of the second when Marcel Muller went five hole on Kevin Armstrong. One more goal was scored in the third when Logan Pyett scored on a deflection. Shots on goal for the game were 50-20 for Team West. The player of the game for Team Germany was Marcel Muller. For Team West the player of the game was captain Jonathan Toews, who now has 4 goals and 2 assists in the tournament.

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