2017 World Junior A Challenge

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2017 World Junior A Challenge
Game #12
Bronze
Final
December 15, 2017 7:30 pm AST
RECC Arena
Truro, N.S.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
15
10
5
30
13
10
11
34

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 4
6
1 / 3
8

Game Story

CZECHS EDGE RUSSIANS, WIN FIRST-EVER WJAC MEDAL

JASON LA ROSE

TRURO, N.S. – Tomas Havranek scored once and added an assist and Adam Brizgala made 28 saves, helping the Czech Republic to a 4-2 win over Russia on Friday night in the bronze medal game at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

The Czechs, who were making their sixth appearance at the tournament, reached the podium for the first time. Their previous best finish was last year, when they lost to the Russians in the bronze game.

A scoreless first period was highlighted by a penalty-shot save by Brizgala, who got his right pad on the attempt by Ruslan Iskhakov late in the opening frame.

Jan Kern broke through for the Czechs just past the five-minute mark of the second period, redirecting in a feed from Lukas Rousek, only for Iskhakov to tap in a pass from Danila Galeniuk at the side of the net to get the Russians even at 13:19.

Michael Gaspar restored the Czech advantage in the dying seconds of the middle stanza, burying a rebound after Russian goaltender Daniil Isaev had kicked away the initial shot from Tomas Vochozka.

Jan Hladonik made it a two-goal game just over three minutes into the third period, blazing past a Russian defenceman and slipping the puck five-hole on Isaev for the eventual game-winner.

Alexander Romanov got one back for Russia with 6:15 to go, absolutely ripping a one-timer past Brizgala on the power play, but that would be as close as it would get.

The Russians pushed in the final minutes, but Havranek hit the empty net from his own zone with 11 seconds left to clinch the bronze medal.

The loss ends a run of four consecutive medals for Russia, which had collected two silver and two bronze since finishing fifth at the 2012 tournament in Yarmouth, N.S.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
No Scoring
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Nikita Okhotyuk
Boarding (2:00)
04:32
GOAL
Goal: Jan Kern (power play)

Assists: Lukas Rousek, Pavel Kousal
05:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Jan Kern
Hooking (2:00)
08:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Josef Mysak
Tripping (2:00)
10:13
GOAL
Goal: Ruslan Iskhakov

Assists: Danila Galeniuk, Nikita Rtishchev
13:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Anton Malyshev
Interference (2:00)
16:59
GOAL
Goal: Michael Gaspar

Assists: Matej Novak, Tomas Vochozka
19:47
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Jan Hladonik

Assists: Tomas Havranek
03:18
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Jaroslav Dvorak)
Too Many Players (2:00)
04:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Tomas Vochozka
Roughing (2:00)
12:37
GOAL
Goal: Alexander Romanov (power play)

Assists: Ruslan Iskhakov, Grigory Denisenko
13:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Nikita Okhotyuk
Tripping (2:00)
14:28
GOAL (EN)
Goal: Tomas Havranek

19:49
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Daniil Isaev

19:49

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Daniil Isaev RUS 59 33 30 3 0.909
Adam Brízgala CZE 60 30 28 2 0.933

Game Leaders

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

2 - 4 L @ Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 15, 2017
4 - 2 W vs. RussiaRUS
Dec 15, 2017
0 - 5 L vs. United StatesUSA
Dec 14, 2017
1 - 5 L vs. Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 14, 2017
3 - 2 W vs. SwitzerlandSUI
Dec 12, 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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