Day in Review

Sunday, January 2, 2005


With first place in their division wrapped up, Team West looked to work on fundamentals and play the role of spoiler against Team USA.  Team USA looked to get past a heartbreaking loss yesterday against Team Ontario. Team USA showed the loss did not phase them as they came out strong scoring the first goal of the game by Chris Summers. In the second period, Jonathan Toews continued his strong performance in the tournament when his wrist shot found the top corner. Team USA regained the lead when Ryan Flynn scored his second goal of the tournament. In a back and forth game Team West tied the game up again, with a goal by Kirk Hill in the third period. Team USA went in front again when Bill Sweatt scored a beauty passed Ryan Nieszner. Team USA was able to hold on for the win thanks to a late penalty by Team West.  The player of the Game for Team West was Kirt Hill. The player of the game for Team USA was Ryan Flynn. Team West finished the Round Robin 3-1-0 and has advanced to the semi-finals. Team USA finished the Round Robin 2-1-1 and will wait to see if they advance to semi-finals tomorrow.


Team Atlantic captain James Sheppard has taken the expression ‘leading by example’ to a new level. Sheppard was the only scorer in the first period, as he fired 2 goals past Finnish goaltender Mika Jarvinen. Jarvinen shut the door in the second period however, not allowing anything past him over the 20 minutes. Roger Kennedy was more than equal to the task. Atlantic’s net minder did not allow any of the 16 shots on goal to get past him over the first 2 periods.  Brad Marchand put Atlantic up 3-0 when he fired a laser over the glove hand of Jarvinen. Marchand recorded his second point in the game when he assisted on James Sheppard’s third goal, which put Atlantic up 4-0. The hat trick helped put Sheppard right in the midst of the tournament scoring race. Brad Marchand snuck one last goal in before the end of the game, giving him 3 points on the evening and a 5-0 victory for his Atlantic teammates. With the win, Atlantic’s record improves to 3-1-0. The 6 points gives Atlantic enough points for a first place tie in Pool B, however they suffered a loss to Team Pacific on January 1st. As a result Team Pacific’s New Year’s Day victory over Atlantic gives them the first place finish. Team Atlantic will settle for second place. Finland’s loss will limit them to a third place finish in the pool. Timo Rinne was the player of the game for Finland. James Sheppard was the player of the game for Atlantic. Roger Kennedy stopped 27 shots for the shut-out.


Team Ontario knew that with a win they would advance to the semi-finals. This motivation proved to be a benefit as Team West scored five goals in the first period which included a hat trick by  birthday boy Ryan McDonough, who turned seventeen today.  In the second period the goal scoring show continued as Aaron Snow scored two and Mathew Leahey added another. Both teams gave the score board a rest as no goals were scored in the third period. Team Ontario finishes 3-1-0 and advances to the semi-finals against Team Pacific tomorrow. Team Slovakia finishes the round robin tournament 1-2-1 and will play Team Czech Republic for seventh place. The player of the game for Team Slovakia was Branislav Rehus. Ryan Mcdonough received another birthday gift as he was player of the game for Team Ontario. Goalie Jason Guy stopped 34 shots to record the goose egg.


Team Czech Republic was flying out of the gate, scoring 2 goals in the first five minutes of the contest. Team Quebec’s Stefan Chaput scored 2 goals late in the first period, but it was only enough to tie the contest 3-3 after twenty minutes. Marek Polak and Jiri Krejci added 2 more goals for the Czechs, putting the score at 5-3 after the second period. Czech goalie Michal Neuwirth turned aside 26 shots over two periods. Ivo Mocek scored the 6th goal of the game for the Czech Republic, which gave his team a commanding lead until late in the contest. Peter-James Corsi scored for Quebec to bring the score to 6-4. Stefan Chaput then added another for Quebec, which coincidentally was his hat trick goal on the evening. Quebec was now only down by 1. However Marek Polak of the Czech Republic dashed any hope Quebec had of tying the game, when he scored the team’s 7th goal with under 2 minutes remaining. Quebec called a time out with a little over a minute remaining in the game, but it was to no avail. The Czech’s hung on to the lead, finishing the game with a 7-5 score. The win improves the Czech’s record to 1-2-1, giving them a 4th place finish in Pool B standings. Team Quebec’s record drops to 0-4-0, giving them a 5th place finish in Pool B standings. Michael Dubuc was named Quebec’s player of the game. Jan Semorad was the player of the game for the Czech Republic.

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