Quebec 2 - Ontario 1

BILLIA STANDS TALL, MAKES 40 SAVES TO LEAD QUEBEC TO SEMIFINALS

DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – Julio Billia (Montreal, Que./Chicoutimi, LHJMQ) made 40 saves, including all 17 shots he faced in the third period, as Quebec knocked off Ontario 2-1 Wednesday night to book a spot in the semifinals at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The win means Quebec will play Sweden in a Thursday semifinal in Drummondville (7:30 p.m. ET). It’s just the second time since it won its last gold medal in 2006 that Quebec has made the final four.

Carl Neill (Blainville, Que./Sherbrooke, LHJMQ) and Loïk Lévéille (St-Jérôme, Que./Baie-Comeau, LHJMQ) scored power-play goals 96 seconds apart in the opening minutes of the second period, erasing an early Ontario advantage and providing Billia with all the offence he needed.

It’s the first time since 2006 Quebec has beaten Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, a span of five games.

Brett Hargrave (North Bay, Ont./Sarnia, OHL) had the lone goal for Ontario, which had not missed out on the semifinals since 2006. Ontario scored 29 goals in four preliminary round games, the most since the United States scored the same number in 2006, and the most ever by a team that did not make the semifinals.

Holding a one-goal lead after 20 minutes, Ontario got itself into major penalty trouble in the second period, taking five of the first six penalties in the middle frame, including giving Quebec a two-man advantage for a full two minutes that led to Lévéille’s winner.

Ontario will face Pacific in Thursday’s fifth-place game in Victoriaville (1:30 p.m. ET).


Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 19
Round/Ronde Preliminary
Arena/Aréna Centre Marcel Dionne Location/Lieu Drummondville, Que.
Date Wed. Jan. 2, 2013
Time/Heure 07:30 PM ET

 

Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Final
QUE
0
2 0 2
ONT 1
0 0 1

 

Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période
Goals/Buts :
03:48 ONT 18 Brett Hargrave (21 Damian Bourne)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
16:36 ONT 6 Jacob Middleton (Tripping)

Second Period/Deuxieme Période
Goals/Buts :
02:13 QUE 2 Carl Neill (16 Nicolas Aubé‐Kubel, 18 Alexis Pépin) PP
03:49 QUE 7 Loik Léveillé (3 Olivier LeBlanc) PP

Penalties/Pénaltés :
00:50 ONT 11 Sam Bennett (Roughing)
03:38 ONT 2 Roland McKeown (Cross Checking)
03:38 ONT 3 Brandon Prophet (Checking to the Head)
03:38 ONT 3 Brandon Prophet (10-Minute Misconduct)
07:34 QUE 18 Alexis Pépin (Unsportsmanlike Cnd.)
07:34 ONT 12 Jared McCann (Roughing)
08:06 ONT 11 Sam Bennett (Tripping)
10:20 QUE 20 Anthony Richard (Slashing)
12:01 QUE 8 Alexandre Carrier (Tripping)
14:29 ONT 19 Robby Fabbri (Major - Check fr. Behind)
14:29 ONT 19 Robby Fabbri (Game Misconduct)
14:36 QUE 16 Nicolas Aubé‐Kubel (Slashing)

Third Period/Troisième Période
Goals/Buts :
None

Penalties/Pénaltés :
02:16 QUE (Too Many Men)
12:12 QUE 20 Anthony Richard (Delay of Game)
16:04 QUE (Delay of Game)
16:59 ONT 9 Connor McDavid (Cross Checking)

 

Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but
QUE
30 Julio Billia On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
ONT 1 Matthew Mancina On 1/00:00 Off 3/19:30

 

Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 Total
QUE
8
15 8 31
ONT 11
13 17 41

 

Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match
QUE
30 Julio Billia
ONT 1 Matthew Mancina