Czech Republic 2 - Pacific 3
PACIFIC STILL PERFECT AFTER SURVIVING CZECHS
by Ashley Wiebe
WINNIPEG, Man. – Pacific continued its hot start to the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge on Thursday,beating the Czech Republic 3-2 and staying atop Group B with a perfect 2-0 record.
Despite the Canadian side controlling the play early, it was the Czechs who hit the board first thanks toa lucky bounce – goaltender Mackenzie Skapski easily blockered aside a shot from Dominik Volek, only to seethe puck ricochet off a Pacific defender and in for a 1-0 lead.
Brandon Magee scored Pacific’s first goal late in the opening period, dancing through the Czech defenceand snapping a shot past netminder David Gaba, with assists going to Ryan Olsen and Steven Hodges.
The teams once again traded goals in a chippy second period, with Troy Bourke converting a picture-perfectgoalmouth feed from Hunter Shinkaruk for the Pacific goal, and Pavel Sedlacek replying for the Czechs, whoheld a 27-25 advantage in shots after 40 minutes.
The set-up man in the second period, Shinkaruk was the sniper in the third, beating Gaba at the 5:42 markfor a one-goal lead that Pacific would not relinquish.
Skapski finished with 30 saves, while Gaba had 31 in a Player of the Game performance. Defenceman MattDumba took home the honour for Pacific.
Pacific looks to move to 3-0 when they travel to Portage la Prairie to meet Slovakia in the 3 p.m. CT gameon Friday, while the Czechs will remain in Winnipeg and meet West in the New Year’s Eve nightcap (7 p.m. CT)at the MTS Iceplex.
|Arena||MTS Iceplex||City, Country||Winnipeg, Man.|
|Month / Day / Year||12/30/2010||Time||03:00 PM CT|
|Czech Republic (CZE)||1||1||0||2|
10:19 CZE 19 Dominik Volek
19:06 PAC 18 Brandon Magee (19 Ryan Olsen, 17 Steven Hodges) PP
05:39 PAC 11 Troy Bourke (20 Hunter Shinkaruk, 2 Matt Dumba) PP
10:36 CZE 12 Pavel Sedlacek (11 Patrik Machac)
05:42 PAC 20 Hunter Shinkaruk (2 Matt Dumba)
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Pacific||2 Matt Dumba|
|Czech Republic||1 David Gaba|
|Lines People||Garrett Rank, Brett Boyce|
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