2017 World Junior A Challenge

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2017 World Junior A Challenge
Game #10
SF
Final
December 14, 2017 7:30 pm AST
Rath Eastlink Community Centre
Truro, N.S.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
1
4
5
0
0
1
1

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
9
12
16
37
12
4
11
27

Statistics

PP
PIM
0 / 3
12
0 / 6
6

Game Story

WEST EXPLODES LATE, BOOKS SPOT IN WJAC GOLD MEDAL GAME

JASON LA ROSE

TRURO, N.S. - Angus Crookshank scored the first of four goals in the final nine minutes, helping Canada West to a 5-1 semifinal win over the Czech Republic on Thursday night and a spot in the gold medal game at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

The westerners will face off against the United States on Saturday (3 p.m. AT on TSN) in a showdown of the only two teams to ever win WJAC gold - the U.S. has claimed seven titles, while West owns the other four.

Brett Stapley scored a pair of goals for the Canadians, while Dylan Holloway and Brendan Budy added one each. In all, 11 different skaters got their names on the scoresheet for West.

The game was a battle of the goaltenders early, with Canadian netminder Zach Rose and Czech counterpart Milan Kloucek combining for 21 saves in a scoreless first period.

Canada West had the run of play in the second, outshooting the Czechs 12-4, and finally broke through thanks to Stapley; he went end-to-end before cutting into the slot and catching Kloucek going the wrong way, putting the Canadians up a goal after 40 minutes.

Jan Kern tied the game with an impressive effort of his own midway through the third period, taking a blind, behind-the-back swat at a rebound and knocking it past Rose with 9:32 remaining.

But it was all West after that.

Crookshank was first at 11:09, squeezing a shot past Kloucek from a sharp angle, and Holloway raced down the left wing before going short-side on the Czech goaltender to make it a 3-1 game at 14:02.

Stapley showed off his hands in close to net his second and make it a three-goal game at 16:45, and Budy streaked down the middle to finish the scoring at 18:53, delighting the pro-Canadian crowd at the RECC.

Canada West is only the second team to lose both of its preliminary-round games in regulation time and still reach the final; West turned the trick itself in 2011, when it won gold in Langley, B.C.

The loss sends the Czech Republic to the bronze medal game; it will face Russia on Friday night (7:30 p.m. AT) in a rematch of last year's third-place game, which was a 7-4 win for the Russians.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Harrison Blaisdell
Slashing (2:00)
11:18
PENALTY
Penalty: Ondrej Chrtek
Interference (2:00)
11:44
PENALTY
Penalty: Riese Gaber
Cross-Checking (2:00)
15:19
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Rylan Van Unen)
Too Many Players (2:00)
06:38
GOAL
Goal: Brett Stapley

11:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Tomas Havranek
Slashing (2:00)
13:59
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Matej Novak)
Too Many Players (2:00)
19:26
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jonny Tychonick
Hooking (2:00)
04:29
PENALTY
Penalty: Jonny Tychonick
Delay of Game (2:00)
07:35
GOAL
Goal: Zdenek Sedlak

Assists: Tomas Vochozka, Jan Bednár
10:28
GOAL
Goal: Angus Crookshank

Assists: Ross Armour, Ethan de Jong
11:09
GOAL
Goal: Dylan Holloway

Assists: Kyle Johnson, Seth Barton
14:02
GOAL
Goal: Brett Stapley

Assists: Jacob Bernard-Docker
16:45
GOAL
Goal: Brendan Budy

Assists: Harrison Blaisdell, Riese Gaber
18:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Brendan Budy
Tripping (2:00)
18:59

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Zach Rose CAN-W 60 27 26 1 0.963
Milan Kloucek CZE 60 37 32 5 0.865

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

Previous Games

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