2008 World Junior A Challenge

Belarus 4, Canada West 3 (SO)


CAMROSE, AB – Canada West has hit a pothole on the road to a third-straight gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge.

Yauheni Salamonau scored the lone goal in the shootout as Belarus shocked the two-time defending gold medalists 4-3 in the tournament’s opening game on Sunday night at the Edgeworth Centre.

Belarus entered the game with just one win in eight games all-time at the event and was 0-2 against Canada West, outscored 17-5.

But none of that mattered on Sunday night, as the Belarussians outshot Canada West 35-31 overall and rode the goaltending of Vitali Bialinski to undoubtedly the biggest upset in the three-year history of the World Junior A Challenge.

Early on it looked as if Canada West would continue its dominance of Belarus, as Denver Manderson tipped in a Dylan Olsen point shot with the Canadians shorthanded less than 10 minutes in, and Matt MacKay pushed the lead to two less than five minutes later.

Belarus cut the lead in half with less than four minutes to go in the period as Siarhei Drozd pushed a rebound past a sprawling Andrew Bodnarchuk, who got the call between the pipes for Canada West.

Riding the momentum of the late goal, Belarus set a little World Junior A Challenge history to open the middle frame, as Drozd got his second of the game just 13 seconds after the period’s opening face-off, a tournament record for the fastest goal to start a period.

Just 15 seconds later Kiryl Brykin gave the Belarussians a surprising 3-2 lead, stepping over the blueline and snapping a shot over the glove of Bodnarchuk. Undaunted, MacKay pulled the Canadians even at the 2:36 mark, cutting in off the wing and sliding the puck past Bialinski.

After the early flurry of offence to start the second period the defences took over, as neither team could find the back of the net for the final 37-and-a-half minutes of regulation time and five minutes of four-on-four overtime.

Salamonau played the shootout hero for Belarus, faking to the forehand before roofing a backhand over the shoulder of Bodnarchuk, sending the Canadian netminder’s water bottle flying for the game winner, quieting the more than 1,500 in attendance and setting off a raucous celebration on the Belarus bench.

Belarus is right back to action on Monday night, taking on Russia at 8 p.m. MST, while Canada West returns to the ice on Tuesday night when they face Russia, also an 8 p.m. MST start.

Game Information
Game Number 01 Round Preliminary
Arena Edgeworth Centre City, Country Camrose, Alta.
Month / Day / Year 11/02/2008 Time 06:00 PM MT
Attendance 1532 Game Status Final

Box Score 1 2 3 OT SO Total
Belarus (BLR) 1 2 0 0 1 4
Canada West (CAN W) 2 1 0 0 0 3

First Period

   09:25 CAN W 11 Denver Manderson (6 Dylan Olsen) SH 
   14:08 CAN W 9 Matt Mackay (14 Tim Hayduk, 10 Matt Grassi) 
   16:35 BLR 15 Siarhei Drozd (16 Ihar Varashylau, 9 Aleh Haroshka) PP 

04:04 CAN W 6 Dylan Olsen (Cross Checking) 
05:13 BLR 7 Aliaksei Kuveka (Roughing After Whistle) 
07:47 CAN W 23 Brodie Reid (Charging) 
14:37 CAN W 21 Curtis McKenzie (Interference) 
18:41 CAN W Team (Too Many Men) 

Second Period

   00:13 BLR 15 Siarhei Drozd (19 Uladzimir Mikhailau, 9 Aleh Haroshka) PP 
   00:28 BLR 11 Kiryl Brykun 
   02:29 CAN W 9 Matt Mackay (6 Dylan Olsen, 26 Jaden Schwartz) 4/4 

00:54 BLR 7 Aliaksei Kuveka (Hooking) 
01:33 CAN W 17 Derek Grant (Interference) 
04:17 BLR 2 Pavel Dashkou (Hooking) 
11:41 BLR 5 Aliaksandr Yeronau (Roughing) 
13:38 BLR 6 Illa Shinkevitch (Kneeing) 

Third Period


03:36 CAN W 15 Cole Wilson (Hooking) 


   02:44 BLR9 Aleh Haroshka (Delay of Game) 
   05:00 BLR11 Kiryl Brykun (Roughing) 

Shootout Summary
Player Goal/Save
9 Matt Mackay (Canada West) Save
18 Yauheni Salamonau (Belarus) Goal
17 Derek Grant (Canada West) Save
10 Pavel Razvadouski (Belarus) Save
23 Brodie Reid (Canada West) Save

Belarus 1 Vitali Bialinski On 1/0:00 Off 4/0:500
Canada West 1 Andrew Bodnarchuk On 1/00:00 Off 4/05:00

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 OT Total
Belarus 11 11 9 4 35
Canada West 9 13 5 4 31

Player of the Game
Belarus 24 Uladzimir Mikhailau
Canada West 9 Matt Mackay
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7:30 p.m. AT EST 4 - HST 2
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6:00 p.m. AT HST 3- WST1 2 (OT)
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7:00 p.m. AT HST 1 - WST2 3

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