2017 World Junior A Challenge

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2017 World Junior A Challenge
Game #3
Preliminary
Final
December 11, 2017 3:30 pm AST
Rath Eastlink Community Centre
Truro, N.S.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
11
6
8
25
8
11
20
39

Statistics

PP
PIM
0 / 1
12
1 / 5
4

Game Story

CZECHS RIDE HOT GOALTENDING TO WIN OVER U.S., FIRST IN GROUP B

JASON LA ROSE

TRURO, N.S. – Adam Brizgala was spectacular in a 37-save performance, Ondrej Chrtek netted the game-winning goal with 5:13 remaining and the Czech Republic doubled up the United States 4-2 on Monday afternoon to claim first place in Group B at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

It is the first time in the six appearances the Czechs have won their group; they won’t play again until the semifinals on Thursday (time and opponent to be determined).

Chrtek finished with a pair of goals, while Jan Hladonik and Matyas Zelingr added one apiece for the Czech Republic, which scored twice shorthanded in the win.

Hladonik opened the scoring with the Europeans down a man midway through the first period, finishing a two-on-one with David Kofron by beating a sprawling Ryan Bischel, who made 21 stops in the U.S. goal.

The Americans needed just 15 seconds to reply, with Sam Hentges driving off the right wing before roofing a short-side shot past Brizgala for a power-play goal.

That would be it for offence until the final minute of the second period; Chrtek and Kofron broke in on another shorthanded odd-man rush, with Chrtek tapping in a rebound to put the Czechs up 2-1 after 40 minutes.

The final frame was a shooting gallery for the Americans, who directed 20 shots at Brizgala.

Jack Dugan pulled the defending gold medallists even just shy of the midway mark of the third, finishing off a tic-tac-toe passing play with Clayton Phillips and Blake McLaughlin, but that would be the last puck to elude the Czech netminder.

Brizgala even earned an assist on the winner, kicking away a Chase Blackmun chance with a lightning-quick left-pad stop before Chrtek raced the other way, cut into the middle of the ice and found room up and over the glove of Bischel.

The Americans pressed in the final minutes with Bischel on the bench, but Zelingr hit the empty net from in front of his own goal to seal the second win for the Czechs over the U.S. in as many years.

The U.S. will close out its preliminary-round schedule on Tuesday night against Canada West (7:30 p.m. AT), with the teams playing for quarter-final positioning.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Zdenek Sedlak
Tripping (2:00)
01:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Zdenek Sedlak
Slashing (2:00)
08:17
GOAL (SHORT HANDED)
Goal: Petr Cajka

Assists: David Kofroň
09:55
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Sam Hentges

Assists: Tyler Madden, Christian Krygier
10:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Vaclav Veber
Elbowing (2:00)
19:52
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Nathan Smith
Hooking (2:00)
05:48
PENALTY
Penalty: Jan Bednár
Roughing (2:00)
10:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Graham Slaggert
Roughing (2:00)
10:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Josef Mysak
Holding (2:00)
19:08
GOAL (SHORT HANDED)
Goal: Ondrej Chrtek

Assists: David Kofroň
19:20
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Jack Dugan

Assists: Blake McLaughlin, Clayton Phillips
09:37
GOAL
Goal: Ondrej Chrtek

Assists: Adam Brízgala
14:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Matej Novak
Interference (2:00)
15:29
GOAL (EMPTY NET)
Goal: Radim Salda

19:06
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Ryan Bischel

19:06

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Adam Brízgala CZE 60 39 37 2 0.949
Ryan Bischel USA 58 24 21 3 0.875

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

4 - 2 W vs. RussiaRUS
Dec 15, 2017
1 - 5 L vs. Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 16, 2017
1 - 5 L vs. Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 14, 2017
5 - 0 W @ RussiaRUS
Dec 14, 2017
4 - 2 W @ United StatesUSA
Dec 11, 2017
3 - 1 W vs. SwitzerlandSUI
Dec 13, 2017
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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