Slovakia 3 - Pacific 7
PACIFIC STILL PERFECT AFTER PULLING AWAY FROM SLOVAKIA
by Garrick Kozier
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – A 7-3 win over Slovakia has Pacific one step closer at the 2011 World Under-17Hockey Challenge.
Jari Erricson had two goals as the Canadian side all but assured themselves of a spot in the semifinalswith the win. A loss by West in Friday’s late game in Winnipeg would officially clinch a final-four berth forPacific.
Pacific went up 1-0 early in the first period, with Ryan Olsen scoring a beautiful backhand tally, slidingthe puck past Slovak netminder Michal Dovina.
The Slovaks promptly responded with a goal from Jan Blasko, tying the affair up at 1-1.
Not to be outdone, Pacific came storming back with goals from Erricson and Levi Bews, who snapped a laserof a wrist shot over Dovina’s glove.
Martin Remay capped off a wild opening 20 minutes with a goal for Slovakia, making it a 3-2 game after oneperiod.
Just 1:34 into the second period, Andreas Strauch scored arguably the tournament’s nicest goal,masterfully dekeing out Pacific goaltender Mackenzie Skapski to bring his team even once again.
But it was all Pacific after that, starting with a goal midway through the middle frame by RobertTrzonkowski to put his team ahead for good.
Mike Winther scored before the end of the second and Erricson and Troy Bourke added third-period goals asPacific recorded the game’s final four goals.
Mackenzie Skapski made 15 saves in the Pacific goal, while Dovina stopped 32 of 39 for the Slovaks, whoare still in search of their first win.
Their next chance comes Saturday when they take on the Czech Republic in Portage la Prairie (3 p.m. CT),while Pacific will look to close out a perfect preliminary round in a marquee match-up against Ontario onSunday (7:30 p.m. CT) at the PCU Centre.
|Arena||PCU Centre||City, Country||Portage la Prairie, Man.|
|Month / Day / Year||12/31/2010||Time||03:00 PM CT|
05:25 PAC 19 Ryan Olsen (6 Griffin Reinhart)
06:38 SVK 25 Jan Blasko (7 Michal Valjent, 5 Patrik Luza) PP
12:15 PAC 10 Levi Bews (19 Ryan Olsen, 5 Morgan Rielly ) PP
13:04 PAC 15 Jari Erricson (9 Matt Bellerive, 14 Shane Danyluk)
13:43 SVK 10 Martin Reway
01:34 SVK 22 Andreas Strauch
05:51 PAC 21 Robert Trzonkowski (12 Chase Clayton, 16 Justin Hickman)
08:51 PAC 22 Mike Winther (6 Griffin Reinhart)
06:53 PAC 11 Troy Bourke (2 Matt Dumba)
17:57 PAC 15 Jari Erricson (9 Matt Bellerive, 14 Shane Danyluk)
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Pacific||15 Jari Erricson|
|Slovakia||6 Matus Hrasko|
|Lines People||Bryden Hutlet, Garrett Rank|
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