2016 World Junior A Challenge

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2016 World Junior A Challenge
Game #3
Prelim
Final
December 12, 2016 3:30 pm MST
R.J. Lalonde Arena
Bonnyville, Alta.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
10
9
11
30
9
16
10
35

Statistics

PP
PIM
0 / 3
8
1 / 4
6

Game Story

CZECHS SHOCK AMERICANS WITH SHUTOUT WIN

JASON LA ROSE

BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Petr Vrana turned aside each and every one of the 30 shots he faced, backstopping the Czech Republic to a 1-0 win over the United States on Monday afternoon at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.

Kristian Reichel was the lone goal-scorer in the third 1-0 game in tournament history, and the first since Canada West edged Canada East in the semifinals of the 2012 tournament in Yarmouth, N.S.

It’s just the fourth win in 18 games at the tournament for the Czechs, and just the eighth loss in 41 for the Americans, who had won their past four tournament-openers by a combined 30-4.

The game was a battle of the goaltenders from the first drop of the puck; U.S. netminder Cayden Primeau went save-for-save with Vrana for more than 44 minutes, and finished with 34 stops as a hard-luck loser.

The Americans had a narrow advantage in shots on goal in an evenly-matched first period, outshooting the Czechs 10-9, but the European side came out firing in the second, directing 16 shots at Primeau.

The teams combined for 43 shots without a goal in the opening 40 minutes, but Reichel finally broke through 4:18 into the final frame; after quick puck movement off a won face-off, the son of former NHLer Robert Reichel blasted a one-timer past the blocker of Primeau for the eventual game-winner.

With the win, the Czech Republic moves into second place in Group B, tied with Canada East at three points but trailing the Canadians on the head-to-head tiebreaker after a 4-1 loss to East on Sunday.

The Czechs will wait for the end of preliminary-round play on Tuesday to find out when and who they’ll play next, while the U.S. closes out the round robin against Canada East on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET).

An American win in regulation time would leave all three teams in group with identical 1-1 records, and bring a tiebreaker into play to determine who goes straight to the semifinals, and who plays in the quarter-finals Wednesday.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Alex Limoges
Hooking (2:00)
11:44
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jakub Sirota
Interference (2:00)
01:57
PENALTY
Penalty: Matt Hellickson
Hooking (2:00)
04:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Adam Kubik
Roughing (2:00)
12:08
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Matt Hellickson
Tripping (2:00)
02:44
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Kristian Reichel

Assists: Tomas Havranek, Filip Kral
04:18
PENALTY
Penalty: Tomas Havranek
Interference (2:00)
09:07
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Paul Washe)
Too Many Players (2:00)
15:03

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Cayden Primeau USA 59 35 34 1 0.971
Petr Kvaca CZE 60 30 30 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 1 - SVS - 34 - SV% - 0.971
GA 0 - SVS - 30 - SV% - 1.000
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

4 - 0 W @ Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 17, 2016
4 - 7 L @ RussiaRUS
Dec 16, 2016
4 - 2 W @ RussiaRUS
Dec 15, 2016
1 - 2 L @ Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 15, 2016
9 - 0 W vs. SwitzerlandSUI
Dec 14, 2016
4 - 3 W @ Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 14, 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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