2014 World Junior A Challenge

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2014 World Junior A Challenge
Game #8
Final
December 17, 2014 8:30 pm CST
West Central Events Centre
Kindersley, Sask.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
1
2
4
1
1
0
2

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
8
8
8
24
17
10
13
40

Statistics

PP
PIM
1 / 3
10
0 / 5
6

Game Story

MANN-DIXON STEALS SHOW, LEADS EAST OVER WEST AT WJAC

JASON LA ROSE

KINDERSLEY, Sask. – Blade Mann-Dixon (Antigonish, N.S./Valley, MHL) was the story Wednesday night, making 38 saves to lead Canada East past Canada West 4-2, and into the semifinals at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge.

Canada East beat their Canadian rivals for the first time in six tries all-time at the tournament, and will meet the two-time defending gold medalists from the United States in Thursday’s late semifinal (7:30 p.m. CT).

Abbott Girduckis (Belleville, Ont./Wellington, OJHL) scored twice for Canada East, while Ryan Kuffner (Ottawa, Ont./Gloucester, CCHL) and Alex Tonge (Kingston, Ont./Kingston, OJHL) added a goal apiece.

Rhett Gardner (Moose Jaw, Sask./Okotoks, AJHL) and Dante Fabbro (Coquitlam, B.C./Penticton, BCHL) had goals for Canada West, which will miss out on the semifinals for the first time in the nine-year history of the tournament.

It will meet Switzerland in the fifth-place game on Friday afternoon (3:30 p.m. CT).

Canada West came out with the offensive pressure, and was rewarded at the 14:15 mark when Gardner corralled his own rebound to the left of Mann-Dixon and beat the Canada East goaltender through traffic.

But Canada East needed just 1:37 to respond; Kuffner, parked at the top of the Canada West crease, redirected a Michael Laidley (Little Current, Ont./Aurora, OJHL) shot through the legs of netminder Tommy Nixon (Sherwood Park, Alta../Sherwood Park, AJHL) to draw even.

East took its first lead early in the second period thanks to Girduckis, taking a pass from Maxime St. Pierre (Orleans, Ont./Cumberland, CCHL) on a three-on-two rush, cutting into the slot and beating Nixon to the blocker side.

This time it was Canada West’s turn to respond; Fabbro’s shot from the point found its way past Mann-Dixon with 4:33 left in the middle frame, sending the game to the intermission tied 2-2.

Tonge’s game-winner came on a Canada East power play just 2:30 into the third period, when he beat Nixon with a wrist shot from the top of the face-off circle to the left of the West goaltender.

Mann-Dixon��s best save – and arguably the save of the tournament – came with five minutes to go when he dove to his left to get a glove on a glorious scoring chance for Gardner.

Girduckis put the icing on the cake with 36 seconds to go, finding the empty net with Nixon on the bench.
Canada West finished with a 40-24 advantage in shots on goal, but went scoreless on five power play opportunities. Canada East had a goal on three chances with the man advantage.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Dawson Theede
(auto) High-Sticking minor (2:00)
12:08
GOAL
Goal: Rhett Gardner

Assists: Tyler Busch, Marcus Vela
14:15
GOAL
Goal: Ryan Kuffner

Assists: Michael Laidley
15:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Brody Morris
Roughing minor (2:00)
19:51
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Abbott Girduckis

Assists: Maxime St. Pierre, Ryan Garvey
03:58
PENALTY
Penalty: Ross Craig
Slashing minor (2:00)
10:34
GOAL
Goal: Dante Fabbro

Assists: Marcus Vela, Ryley Risling
15:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Callum Fryer
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
16:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Marcus Vela
Tripping minor (2:00)
17:37
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Cody Young
Roughing minor (2:00)
01:59
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Alex Tonge

Assists: Zac Tierney
02:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Michael Laidley
Roughing minor (2:00)
10:05
GOAL
Goal: Abbott Girduckis

19:24
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Tommy Nixon

19:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Tyson Jost
Roughing minor (2:00)
20:00

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Blade Mann-Dixon CAN-E 60 40 38 2 0.950
Tommy Nixon CAN-W 59 23 20 3 0.870

Game Leaders

Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

0 - 2 L vs. RussiaRUS
Dec 19, 2014
2 - 3 L vs. SwitzerlandSUI
Dec 19, 2014
1 - 7 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 18, 2014
2 - 4 L vs. Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 17, 2014
4 - 2 W @ Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 17, 2014
3 - 2 W @ RussiaRUS
Dec 16, 2014
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