2016 World Junior A Challenge

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2016 World Junior A Challenge
Game #1
Pre
Final
December 11, 2016 3:30 pm MST
R.J. Lalonde Arena
Bonnyville, Alta.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
7
15
9
31
8
16
9
33

Statistics

PP
PIM
1 / 5
14
1 / 5
27

Game Story

CANADA EAST SCORES EARLY, BEATS CZECHS IN WJAC OPENER

JASON LA ROSE

BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Finn Evans (Toronto, Ont./St. Michael’s, OJHL) and Charles Levesque (Russell, Ont./Hawkesbury, CCHL) had a goal and an assist apiece, pacing Canada East to a 4-1 win over the Czech Republic in the tournament opener Sunday at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.

It’s the second year in a row the Canadians have opened with a victory; the easterners improved to 7-4 all-time in curtain-raisers at the tournament, and 4-1 in all-time meetings with the Czechs.

Nic Mucci (Mississauga, Ont./Wellington, OJHL) and Vincent Chapleau (Longueuil, Que./Longueuil, LHJQ) had the other goals for Canada East, while Logan Johnston (Fredericton, N.B./Dieppe, MHL) – the third member of the line with Evans and Levesque – chipped in with two assists.

A swarming start by the Canadians led to a first-minute penalty shot after a Czech defender covered the puck in his crease, but goaltender Jan Ruzicka used a poke-check to turn away Nick Lalonde (Brooklin, Ont./Cornwall, CCHL).

Mucci got the scoring started not long after that, picking off a clearing attempt in the corner and squeezing a shot past Ruzicka from a sharp angle to put East ahead 1-0 just 2:54 in.

It took until the 9:19 mark of the second period for the Canadians to double their lead when Levesque knocked in the rebound of an Evans backhand, and Evans drove to the net to jam in a loose puck seven minutes after that for a 3-0 advantage.

A charging major to Bobby Dow (Ottawa, Ont./Kemptville, CCHL) gave the Czechs hope late in the middle frame, and Adam Kubik needed just nine seconds of the power play to get the European side on the board, but that would be the lone puck to beat Canadian netminder Stefano Cantali (Montreal, Que./Longueuil, LHJQ).

Chapleau capped the scoring five minutes into the third period, finishing off a two-on-one with Luke Keenan (Courtice, Ont./Whitby, OJHL) with Canada East on the power play.

The Canadians will enjoy a day off Monday before closing out the preliminary round against the United States on Tuesday night (7:30 p.m. MT), while the Czechs are back at it Monday when they face the Americans (3:30 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Nic Mucci

02:54
PENALTY
Penalty: Radovan Pavlik
High-Sticking (2:00)
03:34
PENALTY
Penalty: Bryce Misley
Charging (2:00)
04:19
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Logan Johnston
Elbowing (2:00)
02:40
PENALTY
Penalty: Filip Dvorak
Interference (2:00)
06:14
GOAL
Goal: Charles Levesque

Assists: Finn Evans, Logan Johnston
09:19
GOAL
Goal: Finn Evans

Assists: Logan Johnston, Charles Levesque
16:17
PENALTY
Penalty: Bobby Dow
Charging - Major (5:00)
17:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Bobby Dow
Game Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
17:56
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Adam Kubik

Assists: Pavel Kousal, Filip Kral
18:05
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Daniel Kurovsky
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
02:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Nic Mucci
Tripping (2:00)
02:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Owen Grant
Delay of Game (2:00)
03:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Adam Kubik
Hooking (2:00)
03:42
PENALTY
Penalty: Ondrej Prochazka
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
04:17
PENALTY
Penalty: Aidan Girduckis
Tripping (2:00)
04:17
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Vincent Chapleau

Assists: Luke Keenan, Tim Theocharidis
05:16
PENALTY
Penalty: Ondrej Kachyna
Boarding (2:00)
08:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Tomas Hanousek
High-Sticking (2:00)
09:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Lucas Thierus
Holding (2:00)
19:42

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Jan Ruzicka CZE 60 33 29 4 0.879
Stefano Cantali CAN-E 60 31 30 1 0.968

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

4 - 7 L @ RussiaRUS
Dec 16, 2016
0 - 4 L vs. United StatesUSA
Dec 17, 2016
1 - 2 L @ Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 15, 2016
2 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 15, 2016
4 - 3 W @ Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 14, 2016
1 - 3 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 13, 2016
Videos
Photos
2016 WJAC: USA 4 – CAN-E 0 (Gold Medal)
Primeau made 14 saves, backstopping the Americans to a gold medal.
2016 WJAC - WJAC: CAN-W 5 – SUI 3 (5th Place)
Kawaguchi had a goal and three assists to help West to fifth place.
2016 WJAC - RUS 6 – CZE 3 (Bronze Medal)
Svechnikov scored a hat trick to lead Russia to its fourth bronze.
2016 WJAC: USA 4 – RUS 2 (Semifinal)
The U.S. scored three PP goals to advance to the gold medal game.
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