2018 World Junior A Challenge

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2018 World Junior A Challenge
Game #8
Preliminary
Final (SO)
December 13, 2018 7:00 pm MST
R.J. Lalonde Arena
Bonnyville, Alta.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
OT
Final
Teams
1
2
3
OT
F
13
14
17
2
46
14
12
10
3
39

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 4
8
1 / 4
8

Game Story

CZECHS COME BACK IN THIRD, EDGE WEST FOR FIRST WJAC WIN

JASON LA ROSE

BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Vojtech Strondala and Jan Kern scored 59 seconds apart in the third period to tie the game and Strondala netted the game-winner in the shootout, giving the Czech Republic a 5-4 win over Canada West in an offensively-charged contest Thursday at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge.

The teams combined for 85 shots on goal through regulation and overtime, with the Canadians holding a 46-39 advantage.

Not surprisingly it was the goaltenders who stood out – the Czech duo of Tomas Vomacka and Daniel Dvorak, and Canadian netminder Matthew Radomsky (Winnipeg, Man./Steinbach, MJHL) combined to stop 78 shots, plus seven of 10 attempts in the shootout.

With the game on his stick in the fifth round, Strondala slowly worked his way in slowly before going five-hole on Radomsky to get the Czechs into the win column and put them in the driver’s seat for a semifinal spot.

The Canadians looked to be in charge with a two-goal lead and less than 13 minutes to go, but Strondala knocked in a pass from Jan Bambula to get the Czechs within one at 7:13 and Kern found a loose puck in a scramble in front of Radomsky to bring the Europeans even at 8:15, sending the game to overtime.

The Czechs struck for an early lead; Zdenek Sedlak beat Radomsky with a quick shot off a set-up from Bambula just 76 seconds after the puck dropped.

Harrison Blaisdell (Abbotsford, B.C./Chilliwack, BCHL) answered for West three minutes later, poking in a loose puck that had squeezed through Vomacka, and Mathieu Gosselin (Quebec City, Que./Merritt, BCHL) forced a turnover behind the net before setting up Riley Hughes (Westwood, Mass./Victoria, BCHL) to put the Canadians up 2-1 after 20 minutes.

Austin Wong (Cochrane, Alta./Okotoks, AJHL) pushed the lead to two just 31 seconds into the second period, snapping in a shot from the slot and chasing Vomacka, who gave way to Dvorak after allowing three goals on 14 shots.

That looked to be the score heading to the second intermission, but Bambula banged in a Strondala rebound for a power-play goal in the final minute of the middle frame, making it a 3-2 game through two.

Blaisdell added a second goal on a Canadian power play at 6:27 of the third period, going skate-to-stick before swatting a backhand past Dvorak, but the Czechs were even less than two minutes after that.

West captain T.J. Lloyd (Lloydminster, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL) had the best Canadian chance in overtime, ringing a shot off the cross-bar, and Radomsky turned away a Lukas Rousek breakaway as time expired to get the game to a shootout.

Bambula and Alex Newhook (St. John’s, N.L./Victoria, BCHL) traded goals in the first two rounds before Strondala ended it.

The Czechs are right back at it Friday night in the prelim finale, looking to secure their semifinal spot against Canada East (7 p.m. MT), while West won’t see the ice again until its Saturday semifinal.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Zdenek Sedlak

Assists: Jan Bambula, Jaroslav Dvorak
01:16
GOAL
Goal: Harrison Blaisdell

Assists: Ethan Leyh, David Silye
04:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Reilly Funk
Interference (2:00)
10:11
GOAL
Goal: Riley Hughes

Assists: Mathieu Gosselin
19:11
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Austin Wong

Assists: Dylan Holloway, Alex Newhook
00:31
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Daniel Dvorak

00:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Jan Kern
Holding (2:00)
04:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Matt Osadick
Hooking (2:00)
17:44
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Jan Bambula

Assists: Vojtech Strondala, Jakub Muller
19:28
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Mathieu Gosselin
Tripping (2:00)
02:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Jaroslav Dvorak
Slashing (2:00)
05:24
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Harrison Blaisdell

Assists: Riley Hughes
06:27
GOAL
Goal: Vojtech Strondala

Assists: Jan Bambula, Zdenek Sedlak
07:16
GOAL
Goal: Jan Kern

Assists: Otakar Sik, Matej Blumel
08:15
PENALTY
Penalty: David Silye
Hooking (2:00)
12:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Jan Bambula
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
12:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Jan Stibingr
Tripping (2:00)
17:16
Overtime
No Scoring
Shootout
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#18 Massimo Rizzo shooutout attempt on #1 Daniel Dvorak
Miss
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#18 Jan Bambula shooutout attempt on #31 Matthew Radomsky
Goal
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#22 Alex Newhook shooutout attempt on #1 Daniel Dvorak
Goal
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#13 Matej Blumel shooutout attempt on #31 Matthew Radomsky
Miss
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#19 Austin Wong shooutout attempt on #1 Daniel Dvorak
Miss
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#21 Roman Pucek shooutout attempt on #31 Matthew Radomsky
Miss
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#16 Harrison Blaisdell shooutout attempt on #1 Daniel Dvorak
Miss
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#20 Lukas Rousek shooutout attempt on #31 Matthew Radomsky
Miss
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#20 David Silye shooutout attempt on #1 Daniel Dvorak
Miss
SHOOTOUT ATTEMPT
#15 Vojtech Strondala shooutout attempt on #31 Matthew Radomsky
Goal

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Matthew Radomsky CAN-W 65 39 35 4 0.897
Tomas Vomacka CZE 20 14 11 3 0.786
Daniel Dvorak CZE 39 32 31 1 0.969

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 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 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2

Previous Games

3 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 16, 2018
1 - 3 L @ Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 16, 2018
2 - 3 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 15, 2018
1 - 4 L @ RussiaRUS
Dec 15, 2018
4 - 5 L @ Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 13, 2018
4 - 2 W @ Canada EastCAN-E
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.