Day in Review

Monday, January 3, 2005


Robert Bote opened the scoring for Team Germany when he snuck one by Team Quebec goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Michael Dubuc responded for Quebec shelfing a dandy wrist shot in the top corner, to tie the game at 1-1. Alexandre Monahan capitalized on a juicy rebound, to put his team up 2-1 before the end of the first frame. Francois Bouchard scored Quebec’s third goal on the power play which gave them a two goal lead. That was until German forward Bruce Becker scored on his team’s power play opportunity, pulling Germany to within one. Peter-James Corsi bulged the twine late in the second period to give Quebec the lead after 40 minutes of play. Patrick Hagar gave Germany their third goal of the game early in the third period, but goals from Alexandre Monahan, Pascal Boutin, Jason Legault, of Quebec put the contest out of reach. Quebec came out on top by a score of 8-3. Quebec’s win gives them a 9th place finish in the tournament standings. Germany’s loss drops them to a 10th place in the tournament. Germany’s player of the game was Bruce Becker. Quebec’s player of the game was Alexandre Monahan who recorded a hat-trick.  


Team Czech Republic and Team Slovakia squared off in an emotional game Monday, at the Nicholas Sheran Arena. After a scoreless first period the teams finally found the magic touch in the second. Jiri Tlusty scored two goals while David Stieler scored another for Team Czech Republic. The lone goal scorer for Team Slovakia was Lukas Maslonka. In the third period Martin Latal scored his first and second of the tournament which added to the total and finished the game 7-2. Team Czech Republic finished the tournament in seventh place while Team Slovakia dropped to eighth. Michal Kazatel was the player of the game for Team Czech Republic. Stefan Klimek was the player of the game for Team Slovakia. The true spirit of the tournament was evident after the game as a handful of players came together after the game trading pats on the head and sharing words of encouragement.


USA forward Rhett Rakhishani was the story in the first period. His 2 goals which followed American Erik Johnson’s goal early in the first, paced the United States to a 3-2 lead after twenty minutes. Finnish goaltender Mika Jarvinen was called upon to replace Niko Hovinen early in the second period; however he succumbed to the same fate as his predecessor. Jarvinen let in three goals in twenty minutes as well. Steve Sperry, Patrick Kane, and Chad Morin lit the lamp for the Americans in the second. USA lead the game 6-2 after 2 periods. In the third period, James O’Brien, Chris Atkinson, Blake Geoffrion all had goals to put the United States up 9-2. Antti Reivonen and Jusso Antonen were the Finnish goal scorers on the evening. The loss drops Finland to 6th place in the tournament standings. The win elevates USA to 5th place in the tournament. Joonas Lehtivuori was the player of the game for Finland. The player of the game for USA was James O’Brien.


Four different goal scorers in the first period was enough to give Team Pacific a respectable lead early in the hockey game. Mitch Fadden, JP Szaskiewicz, Ben Maxwell, and Brady Calla were the four Pacific snipers. Cory Emmerton was the only one who connected for Team Ontario in the first twenty minutes. The period ended in a 4-1 lead for Pacific. Jordan Baker, Matthew Cline, and Tyler Swystun added to the lead by putting three more goals on the board to give Pacific a 7-1 lead after two periods. Tyler Swystun scored his second goal of the evening, and Travis Novak added another to put the game out of reach at a score of 9-1. The player of the game for Pacific was Jesse Dudas. Cory Emmerton was the player of the game for Ontario. The loss drops Ontario out of gold and silver medal contention. They will now compete in the bronze medal game tomorrow afternoon at the Enmax Centre. The victory gives Pacific the opportunity to challenge for the gold medal tomorrow evening at the Enmax Centre.


Team West squared up against Team Atlantic, in front of a sold out crowd at the Nicholas Sheran Arena.      Both teams showed little nervousness, as they both came out firing in the first period of this semi-final game. Blair Macauley opened the scoring for Team Atlantic on an early shorthanded goal. With 7:36 left, the game was tied up when Kirt Hill scored a power play goal for Team West.  One of the best periods in the tournament went down in the second as both teams came out physical. Team Atlantic went into the lead as Blake Gallager found the top corner on a quick backhand. Ian Duval tied the game when he found a gift lying in the crease and poked it in for his third of the tournament. Team West leader, Jonathan Toews put his team back in front as he slipped on past Team Atlantic goalie Roger Kennedy. Ryan White closed out the second period when his top shelf goal found the back of the twine. Fans were on the edge of their seats in the third period as Team Atlantic cut the two goal lead to one when Blake Gallagher scored his second of the game. However; Team West proved to be too much for Team Atlantic as they added three more goals to end the game. One of the goals came from Ryan White and Kyle Bortis had the other two. The player of the game for Team West was Ryan White with 2 goals and 2 assists. The player of the game for Team Atlantic was Jonathon Harty. Team West will face Team Pacific tomorrow in the gold medal.

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