LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA – After five days of round robin play, the semi finals are set for the 2005 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Teams Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, and West all qualified for the semi-finals being held Monday.
This is the first time four Canadian team have qualified for the semi-finals, and for the first time in Team Atlantics 19 year history, they have made the medal round.
In Pool A, Team West earned the top spot as they finished the round robin with a record of 3-1-0. Team Ontario finished second with their identical record of 3-1-0. With both teams tied at 6 points apiece, Team West gets the top spot by virtue of their 3-2 victory over Team Ontario in the round robin.
Team Pacific were tops in Pool B with a record of 2-0-2. Team Atlantic qualified for the semi-finals as the second place team in the pool with a 3-1-0 record. With both teams tied at 6 points apiece, Team Pacific gets the top spot as they defeated Atlantic in the round robin.
Team Pacific will face Team Ontario at the Enmax Centre at 7:30pm MT on Monday, January 3. The other semi-final will see another all Canadian match-up as Team West takes on Team Atlantic at 7:30 pm MT at Nicolas Sheran Arena.
The winners of the two semi-finals will have a chance at gold as they face off Tuesday, January 4 at the Enmax Centre in the championship game at 8:00pm MT. TSN will televise the gold medal game on a tape delay basis, which will be aired on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 8:00pm ET / 6:00pm MT.
The losers of the two semi-final games will play for bronze at 3:00pm MT on Tuesday, January 4 at the Enmax Centre.
In the seeding round, USA will play Finland for 5th, the Czech Republic will play Slovakia for 7th, and Team Germany faces Team Quebec for 9th place.
The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge runs from December 29 – January 4 in Lethbridge, Alberta. The tournament is made up of five Canadian regional teams and five international teams.
For game details, rosters and summaries of all the World Under-17 games, please visit Hockey Canada’s official website at www.hockeycanada.ca