2017 World Junior A Challenge

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2017 World Junior A Challenge
Game #13
Gold
Final
December 16, 2017 3:00 pm AST
RECC Arena
Truro, N.S.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
6
7
19
9
15
12
36

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 2
8
1 / 4
4

Game Story

ROSE LEADS WEST TO WJAC GOLD

JASON LA ROSE

TRURO, N.S. - Zach Rose was spectacular in a 35-save performance, Angus Crookshank scored the game-winning goal and added an assist, and Canada West beat the United States 5-1 on Saturday to win the gold medal at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

It is the fifth gold for West - joining 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2015 - and the first time in four tries it has topped the Americans in the final.

Rose - who was named tournament MVP following the game - was at his best in the final 40 minutes, making 14 saves in the second period and 12 more in the third to help the Canadians to the top of the podium.

West spread around the scoring, with five different players scoring goals and 10 recording points.

Brendan Budy netted the all-important first goal, racing away on a shorthanded breakaway and beating U.S. goaltender Jake Kucharski on the blocker side just 9:06 in.

Crookshank, Budy's teammate with the BCHL's Langley Rivermen, doubled the advantage three-and-a-half minutes later, playing give and go with Ethan de Jong to send the Canadians to the dressing room up by a pair.

The Americans poured on the pressure in the second period, outshooting West 15-6, but Rose was up to the task with one of his best periods of the tournament.

Corey Andonovski gave the westerners a little more breathing room at 12:15 of the middle frame, dancing around a defender before sneaking in a shot to the far side of Kucharski.

That would be all for the U.S. netminder, who had allowed just a single goal in two games entering the final. He was replaced by Ryan Bischel after giving up three on 12 shots in 32 minutes of work.

Jake Drury gave the Americans life with a power play goal late in the second period, chipping a rebound over Rose. Sam Hentges was inches away from pulling the U.S. within one, but his shot rang off the crossbar in the dying seconds to keep it a 3-1 game after 40 minutes.

Any U.S. momentum disappeared early in the third; Crookshank set up Armour for his fourth goal of the tournament at 6:36, and Carter Turnbull forced a turnover deep in the American zone before feeding Dylan Holloway for the fifth and final Canadian marker just 32 seconds later.

West became just the second team in the 12-year history of the World Junior A Challenge to win gold after losing both of its preliminary-round games, joining the 2011 edition of Canada West.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jack St. Ivany
Kneeing (2:00)
02:32
PENALTY
Penalty: Zach Rose (Served by Ethan de Jong)
Delay of Game (2:00)
04:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Jacob Bernard-Docker
Hooking (2:00)
07:20
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Brendan Budy

Assists: Levi Kleiboer
09:06
GOAL
Goal: Angus Crookshank

Assists: Ethan de Jong
12:36
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Corey Andonovski

Assists: Kyle Johnson
12:15
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Ryan Bischel

12:15
PENALTY
Penalty: Seth Barton
Hooking (2:00)
13:04
GOAL
Goal: Jack Drury (power play)

Assists: Curtis Hall, Blake McLaughlin
14:32
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Sam Hentges)
Too Many Players (2:00)
15:04
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Ross Armour

Assists: Angus Crookshank, Jarrod Gourley
06:36
GOAL
Goal: Dylan Holloway

Assists: Carter Turnbull
07:08
PENALTY
Penalty: Ross Armour
Hooking (2:00)
09:28
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Ryan Bischel

19:30

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Zach Rose CAN-W 60 36 35 1 0.972
Jake Kucharski USA 32 12 9 3 0.750
Ryan Bischel USA 25 7 5 2 0.714

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

5 - 1 W @ United StatesUSA
Dec 16, 2017
1 - 5 L vs. Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 16, 2017
5 - 1 W @ Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 14, 2017
5 - 0 W @ RussiaRUS
Dec 14, 2017
4 - 3 W @ Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 13, 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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