2007 World Junior A Challenge

Canada West 5, United States 1


The Camrose (Alberta) Boys, Mike Connolly and Joe Colborne, combined for six points powering Team Canada West to an impressive 5-1 victory over Team USA in semi final action at World Junior A Challenge Saturday before a crowd of more than 1,400 fans at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.

Canada West now advances to the World Junior A Challenge final on Sunday in Trail against Canada East. ?
Team USA and Russia finished the round robin draw winners of Pool B and Pool A, respectively, with 2-0 records but will have to settle for the bronze medal game.

Canada West opened the scoring when Chad Ziegler deflected a shot past U.S. netminder Josh Robinson three minutes into the game.

Team USA tied the game on the power play when Mike Cichy beat Canada West starter Bradley Eidsness from close range.

Connolly, who plays for Camrose of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, paced the Canadian attack with a goal and three assists. Connolly's marker came midway through the first period, snapping a 1-1 tie.

Andrew Cherniwchan (Drayton Valley, AJHL) put Canada up 3-1 before Colborne gave Canada West a 4-1 lead with a goal in the final minute of the period.

The line of Connolly, Colborne and Cherniwchan scored the only goal of the second period on the power play.

Colborne, selected player of the game for Canada West, connected with Cherniwchan on a nice centering pass that caught USA goalie Brady Hjelle going the wrong way.

Hjelle replaced USA starter Josh Robinson at the start of the second period after the Sioux City net minder was tagged for four goals.

Hjelle played solid for USA in the second period as Canada mounted more pressure on the American goal with 12 shots.

Canada West out shot Team USA 34-30.

Team USA player of the game was Seth Helgeson.

Game Information
Game Number 10 Round Semi-Final
Arena Nelson Community Complex City, Country Nelson, B.C.
Month / Day / Year 11/10/2007 Time 07:30 PM PT
Attendance 1440 Game Status Final

Box Score 1 2 3 Total
Canada West (CAN W) 4 1 0 5
United States (USA) 1 0 0 1

First Period

   02:38 CAN W 27 Chad Ziegler (21 Tommy Brown, 16 Steven Seigo) 
   10:11 USA 7 Mike Cichy (8 Seth Helgeson) 
   10:33 CAN W 20 Mike Connolly (16 Steven Seigo) 
   13:16 CAN W 11 Andrew Cherniwchan (20 Mike Connolly, 12 Joe Colborne) 
   19:26 CAN W 12 Joe Colborne (17 Casey Pierro-Zabotel, 20 Mike Connolly) 

00:38 USA 9 Nicolas Sacchetti (Checking from Behind) 
00:38 USA 9 Nicolas Sacchetti (10-Minute Misconduct) 
03:03 CAN W 20 Mike Connolly (Cross Checking) 
06:30 CAN W 11 Andrew Cherniwchan (Tripping) 
08:36 CAN W 25 Russell Goodman (Tripping) 
11:14 USA 17 Nick Larson (Hooking) 
14:43 CAN W    16:46 USA 22 Nick Dineen (Roughing) 
18:58 USA 5 John Lee (Tripping) 

Second Period

   16:46 CAN W 11 Andrew Cherniwchan (12 Joe Colborne, 20 Mike Connolly) PP 

01:36 USA 19 Barry Almeida (10-Minute Misconduct) 
01:36 USA 19 Barry Almeida (Checking to the Head) 
05:20 USA 4 Tyler Kieffer (Holding) 
08:07 CAN W 25 Russell Goodman (Checking from Behind) 
08:07 CAN W 25 Russell Goodman (10-Minute Misconduct) 
09:36 USA 24 Drew LeBlanc (Holding) 
11:53 USA 18 Ben Blood (Elbowing) 
13:15 USA 5 John Lee (Boarding) 
15:43 CAN W 27 Chad Ziegler (Holding Opp. Stick) 


Third Period


11:00 USA 17 Nick Larson (Hooking) 
11:32 CAN W 5 Scott Enders (Roughing) 
15:47 USA 22 Nick Dineen (High Sticking) 
17:11 USA 8 Seth Helgeson (Delay of Game) 
18:24 USA 2 Max Nicastro (Checking to the Head) 
18:24 USA 2 Max Nicastro (10-Minute Misconduct) 

Canada West 1 Bradley Eidsness On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
United States 1 Josh Robinson On 1/00:00 Off 1/20:00
30 Brady Hjelle On 2/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 Total
Canada West 8 13 14 35
United States 9 4 17 30

Player of the Game
Canada West 12 Joe Colborne
United States 8 Seth Helgeson
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