2015 World Junior A Challenge

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2015 World Junior A Challenge
Game #5
Final
December 15, 2015 7:00 pm EST
Cobourg Community Centre
Cobourg, Ont.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
8
6
17
31
7
11
15
33

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 3
16
0 / 3
6

Game Story

CANADA WEST SNAPS U.S. WIN STREAK, BOOKS SPOT IN WJAC SEMIFINALS

JASON LA ROSE

COBOURG, Ont. – Liam Finlay (Kelowna, B.C./Vernon, BCHL) scored the game-winning goal three minutes into the third period, leading Canada West past the United States 3-2 in the Group B finale on Tuesday night at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge.

The win snaps the Americans’ record 14-game winning streak, the longest in tournament history, and sends the Canadians directly to the semifinals; they face the winner of the Canada East-Czech Republic quarter-final Thursday night in Cobourg (7 p.m. ET).

Noah Bauld (Halifax, N.S./Lloydminster, AJHL) and Brett Orr (Elkhorn, Man./Portage, MJHL) had the other goals for Canada West, which beat the U.S. for just the second time in seven all-time meetings.

The Canadians struck first late in a fast-paced opening period; Bauld picked up a loose puck while shorthanded and kept on a two-on-one, going to the backhand to beat American goaltender Kris Oldham.

Orr doubled the advantage just seconds past the midway mark of the middle frame, pinching in, taking a feed from Tyson Jost (Kelowna, B.C./Penticton, BCHL) and going top shelf over Oldham’s short-side shoulder.

Liam Pecararo got one back for the Americans only 62 seconds into the third period, gathering in a fortuitous bounce off the end boards and beating Canadian netminder Matthew Murray (St. Albert, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL), but Finlay reignited the capacity crowd of more than 2,300 at the Cobourg Community Centre just two minutes later, skating onto a chip pass from Jost and tucking the puck around Oldham.

Chase Pearson made it a one-goal game again at 5:49, jamming in a loose puck after Murray couldn’t control a rebound, but that would be it for scoring, despite a combined 29 shots on goal in the final period.

Overall, the Americans finished with a 32-29 advantage in shots, and both teams went scoreless on three power-play opportunities.

The U.S. will be back in action Wednesday night, welcoming Switzerland to Cobourg for a quarter-final match-up (7 p.m. ET). The winner of that game will face Group B winner Russia in a Thursday semifinal in Whitby.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Matthew Murray
Tripping minor (2:00)
04:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Rem Pitlick
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
08:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Tyler Maltby (Served by Brandon Biro)
(auto) Head Contact minor (2:00)
10:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Tyler Maltby
(auto) Head Contact misconduct (10:00)
10:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Bobby McMann
Roughing minor (2:00)
16:47
GOAL (SHORT HANDED)
Goal: Noah Bauld

16:57
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Brett Orr

Assists: Tyson Jost
10:19
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Liam Pecararo

Assists: Andrew Peeke, Tanner Laczynski
01:02
GOAL
Goal: Liam Finlay

Assists: Joseph Nardi, Tyson Jost
03:02
GOAL
Goal: Chase Pearson

Assists: Callahan Burke, Max Zimmer
05:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Jake Wahlin
(auto) Goaltender Interference minor (2:00)
09:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Liam Pecararo
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
16:35

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Matthew Murray CAN-W 60 33 31 2 0.939
Kris Oldham USA 59 31 28 3 0.903

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

2 - 1 W @ RussiaRUS
Dec 19, 2015
7 - 1 W vs. Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 18, 2015
8 - 5 W vs. Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 17, 2015
4 - 7 L @ RussiaRUS
Dec 17, 2015
3 - 2 W @ United StatesUSA
Dec 15, 2015
7 - 1 W vs. SwitzerlandSUI
Dec 16, 2015
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