2017 World Junior A Challenge

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2017 World Junior A Challenge
Game #4
Preliminary
Final
December 11, 2017 7:30 pm AST
RECC Arena
Truro, N.S.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
4
5
11
20
9
5
11
25

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 2
10
0 / 5
4

Game Story

MACEACHERN GETS LATE WINNER, EAST EDGES SWISS FOR FIRST WIN

JASON LA ROSE

TRURO, N.S. – Connor MacEachern tipped in the game-winning goal with 6:56 to go, and Canada East held off a third-period comeback attempt to earn its first win at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge, 4-3 over Switzerland on Monday night.

The Canadians led 3-1 entering the final frame before two Swiss goals in 59 seconds evened the score and set up the MacEachern winner – he parked himself to the left of goaltender Akira Schmid and got his stick on a shot from Tim Theocharidis, restoring the eastern advantage for good.

The line of MacEachern, Derek Dicaire and Colton Kalezic was the difference for Canada East; it scored all three even-strength goals and combined for seven points – MacEachern and Dicaire had a goal and an assist each, while Kalezic finished with a goal and two helpers.

Dicaire started the scoring less than five minutes in, squeezing a backhand under Schmid off the right wing, but Mathieu Vouillamoz knocked in a rebound less than three minutes later to equalize for the Swiss.

Jack McBain restored the Canadian lead late in the first period, one-timing in a cross-crease feed from Nick Campoli with East enjoying a two-man advantage.

Kalezic made it a two-goal game with just over three minutes to go in the second, jamming a Dicaire rebound under Schmid and sending East to the dressing room up 3-1.

The Swiss comeback started at 6:05 of the final stanza when Julian Mettler jumped on a turnover in the Canadian zone and beat netminder Jett Alexander with an unassisted effort, and Jeremi Gerber buried a rebound on the power play at 7:04 to tie the game.

The MacEachern winner helped East avoid just its second point-less preliminary round in tournament history, and first since 2013.

It will wait for the result of the Russia-Switzerland game on Tuesday afternoon to find out who and when it will play next; a Russian win or overtime result sends East to the quarter-finals, while a Swiss win in regulation would create a three-way tie atop Group A.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Derek Dicaire

Assists: Colton Kalezic, Aidan Girduckis
04:50
GOAL
Goal: Mathieu Vouillamoz

Assists: Simon Wüest, Dario Wüthrich
07:40
PENALTY
Penalty: Jan Petrig
High-Sticking (2:00)
14:11
PENALTY
Penalty: Dario Wüthrich
Boarding (2:00)
14:46
GOAL
Goal: Jack McBain (power play)

Assists: Nick Campoli, Matthew Kellenberger
15:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Colin Doyle
Slashing (2:00)
18:07
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Nick Campoli)
Too Many Players (2:00)
10:55
GOAL
Goal: Colton Kalezic

Assists: Derek Dicaire, Connor MacEachern
16:47
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Colton Kalezic
Slashing (2:00)
00:48
GOAL
Goal: Julian Mettler

06:05
PENALTY
Penalty: Jeff Clarke
Kneeing (2:00)
06:35
GOAL
Goal: Jeremi Gerber

Assists: Gian-Marco Wetter, David Aebischer
07:04
PENALTY
Penalty: Finn Evans
Slashing (2:00)
09:33
GOAL
Goal: Connor MacEachern

Assists: Tim Theocharidis, Colton Kalezic
13:04
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Akira Schmid

19:08

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Jett Alexander CAN-E 60 25 22 3 0.880
Akira Schmid SUI 59 20 16 4 0.800

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3
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 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

3 - 2 W vs. SwitzerlandSUI
Dec 15, 2017
2 - 3 L @ Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 15, 2017
3 - 4 L vs. Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 13, 2017
1 - 3 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 13, 2017
4 - 3 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Dec 11, 2017
2 - 3 L @ RussiaRUS
Dec 12, 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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