PÉPIN’S SECOND GOAL IS WINNER AS QUEBEC HOLDS OFF SLOVAKIA
DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – Alexis Pépin (Candiac, Que./P.E.I., LHJMQ) scored his second goal of the game with 8:46 to go to give Quebec a nail-biting 3-2 win over Slovakia on Tuesday night and keep the French Canadians in the hunt for a semifinal spot at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
A loss would have eliminated Quebec from semifinal contention; it has only reached the final four once in five tournaments, in 2010, since winning its fourth and latest gold medal in 2006.
Vincent Deslauriers (Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Que./Sherbrooke, LHJMQ) had the other goal for Quebec, which looked to be well on its way to victory after one period, up 2-0 and outshooting the winless Slovaks 18-5.
But Matej Palocko scored the lone goal of the second period and Adrian Holesinsky brought the European side even midway through the third period, quieting the pro-Quebec crowd at the Centre Marcel-Dionne.
The tie game, however, lasted just 26 seconds, as Pépin’s goal ensured Quebec’s preliminary round finale against Ontario on Wednesday night in Drummondville (7:30 p.m. ET) will be a winner-take-all affair, with the victor moving on to the semifinals.
Slovak goaltender Maximilian Pajpach stood tall despite the loss, making 37 saves, while his Canadian counterpart, Alex Bureau (Trois-Rivières, Que./Cape Breton, LHJMQ) finished with 25 stops.
Still looking for its first victory, Slovakia will be in tough in its final round robin game on Wednesday afternoon in Drummondville (1:30 p.m. ET) when it takes on the unbeaten United States, which has already clinched a spot in the semifinals.
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||15
|Arena/Aréna||Centre Marcel Dionne||Location/Lieu||Drummondville, Que.|
|Date||Tues. Jan. 1, 2013
||Time/Heure||07:30 PM ET|
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
08:08 QUE 18 Alexis Pépin (8 Alexandre Carrier)
13:28 QUE 22 Vincent Deslauriers (7 Loik Léveillé, 18 Alexis Pépin)
00:28 QUE 22 Vincent Deslauriers (Tripping)
|Second Period/Deuxieme Période|
01:55 SVK 16 Matej Palocko
08:32 QUE 20 Anthony Richard (Roughing After Whistle)
09:41 SVK 17 Patrik Kratochvila (Hooking)
10:36 SVK 25 Filip Kundrat (Roughing)
17:14 SVK 8 Erik Cernak (Roughing After Whistle)
|Third Period/Troisième Période|
10:48 SVK 23 Adrian Holesinsky (14 Juraj Mily, 15 Marco Halama)
11:14 QUE 18 Alexis Pépin (12 Timothé Simard, 17 Francis Perron)
00:11 SVK 7 Patrik Maier (Boarding)
03:13 QUE 10 Alexandre Delisle-Houde (Roughing)
16:39 QUE 8 Alexandre Carrier (Cross Checking)
19:22 SVK 25 Filip Kundrat (Charging)
|Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but|
||31 Alex Bureau||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|SVK||1 Maximilian Pajpach||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|
|Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match|
||18 Alexis Pépin|
|SVK||1 Maximilian Pajpach