2009 World Junior A Challenge

Canada East 5, United States 4 (SO)


SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Down 4-1 to the United States after two periods and outshot 27-8, few expected anything from Canada East in the third period. Except the Canada East players and staff, of course.

Nick Huard, Colin Campbell and Jacob Laliberte scored third-period goals and Laliberte, Andrew Calof and Brock Higgs all scored in the shootout as the Canadian side pulled off an unlikely 5-4 win on Sunday night at Molson Canadian Arena at CUP.

Canada East (0-1-0-0) earned the win despite being outshot 37-25 by the U.S. (0-0-1-0) and dominated for much of the opening 40 minutes.
Although it faced a 12-2 disadvantage on the shot clock after one period, the Canadians had the only goal of the first, off the stick of David Pratt, who converted with the power play for a 1-0 lead.

Matt Ginn was a rock in the Canada East goal, keeping the Americans scoreless until Shane Berschbach scored on a shorthanded breakaway 7:36 into the second period.

The Berschbach goal seemed to spark the U.S., and goals from Mike Parks and John Parker 13 seconds apart, along with a late Beau Bennett marker, sent the Americans to the dressing room with a seemingly insurmountable three-goal lead.

But Huard snapped a shot over the glove of Will Yanakeff to cut the lead to two, sending the American netminder’s water bottle airborne and Campbell converted on a partial breakaway with four minutes left to set up a thrilling finish.

Facing mounting pressure from the Canadians, American captain David Gerths cleared the puck over the glass from the defensive zone, sending the Canada East power play to work with three minutes left.

With Ginn on the bench for the extra attacker and Canada East enjoying a 6-on-4 advantage, Laliberte jumped on a rebound in the slot and slid a backhand through the legs of Yanakeff, setting up a raucous celebration among the pro-Canadian faithful at Molson Canadian Arena at CUP and forcing an overtime few thought likely when the puck dropped to begin the third period.

The extra frame was scoreless – although Canada East’s Jonathan Milley missed a penalty shot – setting up a three-player shootout, where the Canadians were perfect, beating Yanakeff three times in as many opportunities.

Ginn allowed a pair of goals but made the save he needed to, turning away Matt Leitner to clinch the two points for Canada East and giving it an early lead in Group B.

The Canadians can wrap up their group and advance to the semifinals if they can defeat Belarus on Monday (7 p.m. AT), while the Americans see the ice next on Tuesday when they face the Belarussians (7 p.m. AT).

Game Information
Game Number 02 Round Preliminary
Arena Credit Union Place City, Country Summerside, P.E.I.
Month / Day / Year 11/01/2009 Time 07:00 PM PT
Attendance ---- Game Status Final

Box Score 1 2 3 OT SO Total
Canada East (CAN E) 1 0 3 0 1 5
United States (USA) 0 4 0 0 0 4

First Period

   06:53 CAN E 4 David Pratt PP 

04:05 CAN E Team (Holding) 
06:09 USA 14 Matt Leitner (Holding) 
08:16 CAN E 21 Lucas Lessio (Tripping) 
15:15 CAN E 19 Brock Higgs (Slashing) 

Second Period

   07:36 USA 22 Shane Berschbach (16 Mike Parks) SH 
   10:11 USA 16 Mike Parks (15 Beau Bennett, 19 Colten St. Clair) 
   10:24 USA 23 John Parker (21 Nick Sorkin) 
   16:01 USA 15 Beau Bennett (16 Mike Parks) 

05:48 USA 20 Connor Brickley (Interference) 
11:21 CAN E 22 Jonathan Milley (10-Minute Misconduct) 
11:21 CAN E 22 Jonathan Milley (Checking to the Head) 
16:37 USA 23 John Parker (Holding) 
16:49 USA 16 Mike Parks (Hooking) 
17:22 CAN E 12 Jeff Vanderlugt (Roughing) 

Third Period

   02:51 CAN E 20 Nick Huard (16 Simon Bessette, 23 David Roy) 
   15:59 CAN E 11 Colin Campbell 
   18:43 CAN E 18 Jacob Laliberte PP 

03:29 USA 11 Jeff Costello (Interference) 
07:01 USA 17 Nic Dowd (Hooking) 
10:13 USA 5 Kevin Lind (Roughing) 
17:01 USA 10 David Gerths (Delay of Game) 
19:24 CAN E 18 Jacob Laliberte (Hooking) 
19:52 USA 17 Nic Dowd (Inter. on Goaltender) 


   03:56 USATeam (Penalty Shot) 

Shootout Summary
Player Goal/Save
9 Andrew Calof (Canada East) Goal
22 Shane Berschbach (United States) Goal
18 Jacob Laliberte (Canada East) Goal
15 Beau Bennett (United States) Goal
19 Brock Higgs (Canada East) Goal
14 Matt Leitner (United States) Save

Canada East 1 Matt Ginn On 1/0:00 Off 4/0:500
United States 1 Will Yanakeff On 1/00:00 Off 4/05:00

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 OT Total
Canada East 2 6 11 6 25
United States 12 15 8 2 37

Player of the Game
Canada East 20 Nick Huard
United States 15 Beau Bennett
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