West 5 - Czech Republic 2
WEST CRACKS WIN COLUMN WITH VICTORY OVER CZECHS
by Adam Campbell
WINNIPEG, Man. – With the clock counting down on 2010 so too is it counting down on the CzechRepublic’schances at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge after a 5-2 loss to West on Friday night at theMTSIceplex.
A dominant first period, one that saw it grab a 2-0 lead, outshoot the Czechs 16-5 and chaseCzechgoaltender David Gaba from the net, was the difference for West as it earned win No. 1 while all byendingthe Czechs’ hopes of playing in Monday’s semifinals.
A power play goal by Chandler Stephenson opened the scoring for West five minutes into the firstperiod,and another man advantage goal, this time from Brendan Leipsic, doubled the lead in front of asold-out,pro-West crowd.
Gaba got the hook after Leipsic’s goal, with the shots 6-0 in favour of the Canadian side.
The Czechs pushed back with a breakaway goal from Patrik Machac less than a minute into the secondperiod,but West answered with its third power play goal, from Brayden Cuthbert, midway through the frame.
In total, West was 3-for-6 on the man advantage, while the Czechs finished with one goal infourchances.
Another late offensive push by the Czechs saw them pull close to West on the shot clock, but onlyDominikVolek could beat West netminder Chris Dreidger.
Brett Stovin and Logan McVeigh added third-period goals for West, which faces a must-win when it takesonOntario on Saturday night (7:30 p.m. CT). The Czechs also hit the ice Saturday, meeting Slovakia inPortagela Prairie (3 p.m. CT)
|Arena||MTS Iceplex||City, Country||Winnipeg, Man.|
|Month / Day / Year||12/31/2010||Time||07:30 PM CT|
|Czech Republic (CZE)||0||1||1||2|
04:36 WST 12 Chandler Stephenson (3 Brady Gaudet, 15 Brendan Leipsic) PP
07:56 WST 15 Brendan Leipsic (4 Derrick Pouliot, 17 Brendan Harms) PP
00:40 CZE 11 Patrik Machac (25 David Papezik)
08:29 WST 8 Brayden Cuthbert (9 Reid Gow, 16 Logan McVeigh) PP
10:34 WST 18 Brett Stovin
17:23 CZE 19 Dominik Volek (11 Patrik Machac) PP
19:15 WST 16 Logan McVeigh (9 Reid Gow) EN
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|West||8 Brayden Cuthbert|
|Czech Republic||3 Michal Plutnar|
|Lines People||Guillaume Labonté, Chad Huseby|
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