2018 World Junior A Challenge

2018 World Junior A Challenge | Star of the Day

DAY 8 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16

Matthew Radomsky (G) – Canada West & Isaiah Saville (G) – United States
Two games, two medals, two standout efforts between the pipes. Radomsky was up first, putting the cap on a tremendous tournament with 46 saves in a bronze medal game win, while Saville turned in just the second gold medal game shutout in WJAC history with a 25-save performance to backstop the U.S. to the top of the podium.


DAY 7 – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15

Griffin Ness (F) – United States
The Americans will play for gold on Sunday thanks to Ness, who raced away in overtime to score the game-winning goal. The Air Force Academy commit has two goals in the tournament – both against West and both on breakaways; he netted a shorthanded marker in the prelim meeting between the teams last Sunday.


DAY 6 – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14

Zdenek Sedlak (F) – Czech Republic
The Czechs are bound for the semifinals on the back, and off the stick, of Sedlak, who scored in every period. He quickly answered East’s opener in the first period, got a fortuitous bounce off his body in the second and hit the empty net from his own zone in the third, sending his team to a final-four showdown with Russia.


DAY 5 – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13

Jan Bambula (F) – Czech Republic
Bambula was everywhere; he set up Zdenek Sedlak less than two minutes in, netted a big power-play goal late in the second period to get his team back within one, fed Vojtech Strondala for the goal that started the third-period comeback and opened the scoring in the shootout, helping the Czechs into the win column.


DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12

Yaroslav Askarov (G) – Russia
There’s something about playing in Canada that agrees with the Russian, who made 31 saves – 16 in the second period – to become the first goaltender to blank Canada West since 2011. Including the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and World Junior A Challenge, Askarov is 10-1 with a 1.73 GAA, .936 SV% and four shutouts.


DAY 3 – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11

Trevor Janicke (F) – United States
Quiet for much of the game, the American forward needed less than three minutes late in the second period to leave his mark. Janicke gave the U.S. a two-goal lead with a quick shot under the cross-bar at 16:09 and circled the net before snapping home the eventual game-winning goal at 18:49, sending the U.S. into the win column.


DAY 2 – MONDAY, DECEMBER 10

Harrison Blaisdell (F) – Canada West
The been-everywhere forward did everything against Canada East. Quick hands to redirect in a T.J. Lloyd shot? Check. Nose for the net to knock in a feed from Ethan Leyh? Check. Hard work along the boards to spring Leyh for a breakaway goal? Check. Just another day at the office for the 2017 WJAC gold medallist.


DAY 1 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

Matthew Davis (G) – Canada West
Lights. Out. The goaltender was simply spectacular, turning aside 41 of the 42 shots he faced through regulation and overtime before denying six of seven U.S. attempts in the shootout (with a little help from his posts). Davis was at his best in the third period, making 20 saves as the Americans swarmed for the winner.

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2018 WJAC: CAN-W 3 – CZE 1 (Bronze)
Holloway scored twice to lead the Canadians to the bronze medal.
2018 WJAC: USA 2 – RUS 0 (Gold)
Saville made 25 saves to backstop the U.S. to its eighth WJAC gold.
2018 WJAC: RUS 4 – CZE 1 (Semifinal)
Nikolaev and Gutik scored PPGs in the third to help Russia advance.
2018 WJAC: USA 3 – CAN-W 2 OT (Semifinal)
Ness ended it in overtime to send the Americans to play for gold.