WEST ENDS LOSING STREAK, CLAIMS NINTH WITH VICTORY OVER SLOVAKS
VICTORIAVILLE, Que. – Josh Uhrich (Rosetown, Sask./Moose Jaw, WHL) scored the game-winner midway through the first period as West beat Slovakia 4-1 on Thursday afternoon, taking ninth place at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
The victory ends a 10-game losing streak for West, dating back to a 4-1 win over the Slovaks at the 2011 tournament in Winnipeg, Man., and ensures it won’t be the first Canadian team to finish last at back-to-back events.
Haydn Fleury (Carlyle, Sask./Red Deer, WHL), Rhett Gardner (Moose Jaw, Sask./Moose Jaw, SMAAAHL) and Reid Gardiner (Humboldt, Sask./Prince Albert, WHL) scored the other goals for West, which beat the Slovaks for the second time this week, having earned a 5-2 win in pre-tournament action last Saturday.
Adam Hascic had the lone goal for Slovakia, which has finished 10th in three of its last four appearances at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and has never finished higher than eighth.
Rylan Parenteau (Saskatoon, Sask./Saskatoon, SMAAAHL) needed to make just 15 saves to pick up the win in the West goal, while his Slovak counterpart, Stanislav Skorvanek, made 29 saves in a losing cause.
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||21
|Arena/Aréna||Pavillon Jean-Béliveau||Location/Lieu||Victoriaville, Que.|
|Date||Thurs. Jan. 3, 2013
||Time/Heure||01:30 PM ET|
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
02:28 WST 2 Haydn Fleury (6 Jordan Thomson)
09:18 WST 16 Josh Uhrich (15 Tim Vanstone, 20 Vukie Mpofu)
06:30 SVK 5 Patrik Koch (Holding)
10:18 WST 19 Reid Gardiner (Hooking)
17:19 SVK 27 Kristian Ferletak (High Sticking)
|Second Period/Deuxieme Période|
14:19 SVK 20 Adam Hascic SH
17:13 WST 18 Rhett Gardner (11 Ryley Lindgren)
02:56 WST 11 Ryley Lindgren (Boarding)
13:17 SVK 9 Jakub Garay (Holding)
|Third Period/Troisième Période|
12:38 WST 19 Reid Gardiner SH
01:15 WST 15 Tim Vanstone (Hooking)
10:22 WST 9 Travis Sanheim (Holding)
12:24 WST 5 Nelson Nogier (Cross Checking)
16:05 SVK 8 Erik Cernak (Holding)
18:06 WST 15 Tim Vanstone (Slashing)
|Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but|
||30 Stanislav Skorvanek||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|WST||1 Rylan Parenteau||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|
||15 Tim Vanstone|
|SVK||7 Patrik Maier