2018 World Junior A Challenge

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2018 World Junior A Challenge
Game #5
Preliminary
Final
December 11, 2018 7:00 pm MST
R.J. Lalonde Arena
Bonnyville, Alta.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
8
11
15
34
12
11
12
35

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
2 / 3
8
1 / 4
8

Game Story

U.S. EDGES CZECHS FOR FIRST WIN AT WJAC

JASON LA ROSE

BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Trevor Janicke scored twice to lead the offence as the United States held on late to beat the Czech Republic 4-2 in the lone game Tuesday at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge.

The win ended a mini losing streak for the Americans, who had dropped preliminary-round games to the Czechs in each of the last two years.

Parker Ford and Ryan O’Reilly had the other goals for the U.S., which did most of its offensive damage in the second period.

Czech goaltender Daniel Dvorak was the story in the first, turning aside all 12 shots he faced to get the game to the intermission scoreless.

But Ford needed just 87 seconds to open the scoring in the middle frame; Bobby Brink took a pass at the side of the net, spun to his backhand and found Ford for a power-play goal and a 1-0 lead.

Janicke doubled the advantage at 16:09, roofing a shot over the glove of Dvorak from in close, and circled out from behind the net to add a second goal less than three minutes later, putting the Americans up three after 40 minutes.

The U.S. looked to be in total control before running into penalty trouble in the latter half of the third period, giving the Czechs an opportunity to get back into the game.

Jan Kern struck on both halves of a five-on-three advantage, both from the top of the crease, to get the European side back within a goal with plenty of time remaining.

Dvorak went to the bench for an extra attacker with three minutes to go, but O’Reilly outmuscled a pair Czechs to pot the insurance marker into an empty net at 17:32.

The Americans will look to confirm their spot in the semifinals when they face Canada East on Wednesday afternoon (2 p.m. MT), while the Czechs will try again for their first win when they take on Canada West on Thursday night (7 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jakub Adamek
Slashing (2:00)
14:29
PENALTY
Penalty: Dominik Sklenar
Slashing (2:00)
19:47
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Parker Ford (power play)

Assists: Bobby Brink, Robert Mastrosimone
01:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Cal Kiefiuk
Tripping (2:00)
06:04
GOAL
Goal: Trevor Janicke

Assists: Ronnie Attard, Ryan O'Reilly
16:09
GOAL
Goal: Trevor Janicke

Assists: Zac Jones, Ryan O'Reilly
18:49
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Roman Pucek
High-Sticking (2:00)
02:15
PENALTY
Penalty: Robert Mastrosimone
High-Sticking - Double Minor (4:00)
09:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Bobby Brink
Tripping (2:00)
11:32
GOAL
Goal: Jan Kern (power play)

Assists: Matej Blumel, Jan Stibingr
11:41
GOAL
Goal: Jan Kern (power play)

Assists: Jan Stibingr, Matej Blumel
13:04
GOAL (EN)
Goal: Ryan O'Reilly

Assists: Connor Caponi
17:32
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Daniel Dvorak

17:32
PENALTY
Penalty: Vojtech Strondala
Interference (2:00)
17:57

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Daniel Dvorak CZE 59 34 31 3 0.912
Blake Pietila USA 60 34 32 2 0.941

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

1 - 3 L @ Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 16, 2018
2 - 0 W @ RussiaRUS
Dec 16, 2018
1 - 4 L @ RussiaRUS
Dec 15, 2018
3 - 2 W vs. Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 15, 2018
4 - 2 W @ Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 14, 2018
3 - 4 L @ RussiaRUS
Dec 14, 2018
Videos
Photos
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.