2018 World Junior A Challenge

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2018 World Junior A Challenge
Game #10
Preliminary
Final
December 14, 2018 7:00 pm MST
R.J. Lalonde Arena
Bonnyville, Alta.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
14
15
7
36
8
17
19
44

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 3
8
0 / 2
8

Game Story

CZECHS EDGE EAST, EARN FINAL SEMIFINAL SPOT AT WJAC

JASON LA ROSE

BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Zdenek Sedlak scored once in each period, finishing his hat trick into an empty net to send the Czech Republic past Canada East 4-2 on Friday night and into the semifinals at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge.

The Czechs will face unbeaten Russia in the first semifinal Saturday (2 p.m. MT).

Needing a win in regulation time to jump the Czechs for the final playoff spot, East took a very early lead when Spencer Kersten (Waterloo, Ont./Oakville, OJHL) came off the half-boards and snapped a quick shot that got past goaltender Daniel Dvorak to the glove side.

Sedlak got the Europeans even less than three minutes later, taking a beautiful stretch pass from Jakub Muller and beating Canadian netminder Liam Soulière (Amos, Que./Brockville, CCHL) to send the game to the first intermission even.

He added a second goal seven minutes into the second period when a point shot from Zack Malik hit Sedlak and popped up and over Soulière for a 2-1 advantage after 40 minutes.

With time ticking away on the tournament for the Canadians, Cade Townend (Carleton Place, Ont./Carleton Place, CCHL) got the first of the two goals they needed with 4:31 to go, toe-dragging around a sprawling Czech defender before rifling a shot upstairs on Dvorak.

Soulière went to the bench with two minutes to go, but Sedlak hit the empty net from the 180 feet away to clinch the victory for the Czechs, who are into the final four for the third year in a row.

Matej Blumel finished the scoring with another empty-netter in the final minute.

Both goaltenders turned in tremendous performances; Dvorak stopped 42 of 44 shots in the win, while Soulière was a hard-luck loser after a 32-save effort.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Spencer Kersten

Assists: Derek Dicaire
00:48
GOAL
Goal: Zdenek Sedlak

Assists: Jakub Muller
03:32
PENALTY
Penalty: Jamie Engelbert
Kneeing (2:00)
06:48
PENALTY
Penalty: Riley McCutcheon
Slashing (2:00)
15:58
PENALTY
Penalty: Thomas Caron
Slashing (2:00)
19:43
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Zdenek Sedlak

Assists: Zack Malik
07:02
PENALTY
Penalty: Zack Malik
Slashing (2:00)
18:50
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Vojtech Strondala
Slashing (2:00)
11:30
GOAL
Goal: Cade Townend

Assists: Derek Dicaire
15:29
GOAL (EMPTY NET)
Goal: Zdenek Sedlak

Assists: Vojtech Strondala, Jakub Muller
18:19
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Liam Soulière

18:19
GOAL (EMPTY NET)
Goal: Matej Blumel

Assists: Lukas Rousek
19:35
PENALTY
Penalty: Jakub Adamek
Roughing (2:00)
20:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Dominik Sklenar
Roughing (2:00)
20:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Cade Townend
Slashing (2:00)
20:00

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Daniel Dvorak CZE 60 44 42 2 0.955
Liam Soulière CAN-E 58 34 32 2 0.941

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

1 - 3 L @ Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 16, 2018
2 - 4 L vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 14, 2018
1 - 4 L @ RussiaRUS
Dec 15, 2018
3 - 7 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 12, 2018
4 - 2 W @ Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 14, 2018
1 - 6 L @ Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 10, 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.