West 3 - Ontario 4
ONTARIO PROTECTS PERFECT RECORD, CLINCHES SEMIFINAL BERTH WITH WIN
by Andrew Parker
WINNIPEG, Man. – Matia Marcantuoni scored the game-winning goal on a power play early in the thirdperiodas Ontario survived a late push from to West to earn a 4-3 win on Saturday night, clinching a spot inthe semifinals at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
The win also clinched a final four spot for idle Pacific, which sits tied with Ontario atop Group B at3-0.The two teams meet Sunday (7:30 p.m. CT) with first place on the line.
The fans didn’t have to wait long for action as Brody Silk slipped the puck past West goaltenderChrisDreidger on Ontario’s first offensive rush, just 15 seconds after the opening face-off. ChandlerStevensonwas able to answer back for West, roofing one past Ontario netminder Daniel Altshuller to tie thegame at8:27.
West’s Jaimen Yakubowski put his team a man down for five minutes, taking a checking from behind majorjustpast the midway point of the first, but it was the West special teams that scored, as Stevenson notchedhissecond of the period shorthanded.
Ontario made its comeback in the second period, getting goals from Andreas Athanasiou and Jesse Grahamtotake a 3-2 advantage into the third period.
Marcantuoni, Ontario’s captain, made it a two-goal game with a power play goal just 84 seconds intothethird period – one of four Ontario man advantages in the frame – quieting the pro-West crowd at thesold-outMTS Iceplex.
Logan McVeigh gave West hope, scoring with six seconds left, but West’s final frantic push came upshort,officially eliminating them from medal round contention.
West looks to wrap up third place in Group B when it faces Slovakia in its preliminary round finaleonSunday night (7:30 p.m. CT).
|Arena||MTS Iceplex||City, Country||Winnipeg, Man.|
|Month / Day / Year||01/01/2011||Time||07:30 PM CT|
00:15 ONT 12 Brody Silk (5 Adam Pelech, 14 Justin Kea)
08:27 WST 12 Chandler Stephenson (3 Brady Gaudet, 11 Landon Peel)
14:51 WST 12 Chandler Stephenson (18 Brett Stovin) SH
09:10 ONT 21 Andreas Athanasiou (20 Chris Marchese)
15:37 ONT 3 Jesse Graham (20 Chris Marchese, 21 Andreas Athanasiou) PP
01:24 ONT 9 Matia Marcantuoni (10 Brendan Gaunce, 4 Gianluca Curcuruto ) PP
19:54 WST 16 Logan McVeigh (4 Derrick Pouliot, 15 Brendan Leipsic) PP
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Ontario||3 Jesse Graham|
|West||12 Chandler Stephenson|
|Lines People||Scott Wilson, Mathieu Binette|
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