2018 World Junior A Challenge

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2018 World Junior A Challenge
Game #12
Semifinal
Final (OT)
December 15, 2018 7:00 pm MST
R.J. Lalonde Arena
Bonnyville, Alta.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
OT
Final
Teams
1
2
3
OT
F
6
11
9
1
27
15
10
8
1
34

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 2
16
0 / 3
4

Game Story

U.S. OUTLASTS WEST IN OT, ADVANCES TO WJAC FINAL

JASON LA ROSE

BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Griffin Ness converted a breakaway 7:35 into overtime, giving the United States a 3-2 semifinal win over Canada West on Saturday night and a place in the gold medal game at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge.

The U.S. will face Russia on Sunday afternoon (4 p.m. MT, TSN), one win away from its eighth gold medal, and second in Bonnyville – it claimed the 2016 title in northeastern Alberta.

With the teams going end to end in a non-stop overtime period, Ness took a stretch pass from Jack Malone and raced away from the Canadian defence before beating goaltender Matthew Davis (Calgary, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL) past the blocker.

It marked the second time in a week that the two teams required extra time; West earned a 2-1 shootout win in the tournament opener for both last Sunday.

The Americans came out like a house on fire in the semifinal, striking for a pair of goals in the first seven minutes to quiet the pro-Canadian crowd at the R.J. Lalonde Arena.

Josh Nodler got it started at 4:31, cleaning up a loose puck in front after Robert Mastrosimone stickhandled his way to the front of the net, and Ronnie Attard one-timed a cross-ice feed from Bobby Brink past Davis at 6:08.

West had its opportunities in the second period, but it took until the 16:40 mark to break through; just seconds after he had the puck roll off his stick on a mini-breakaway down low, Mathieu Gosselin (Quebec City, Que./Merritt, BCHL) banked a shot off U.S. netminder Blake Pietila from behind the net to get the Canadians within one after 40 minutes.

Alexander Campbell (Châteauguay, Que./Victoria, BCHL) needed just 1:49 of the third period to get West even, sneaking behind the American defence and slipping a backhand five-hole on Pietila to make it 2-2.

The teams traded chances the rest of the way, but neither could find the winner in regulation.

The Canadians still have a chance to leave with a medal; they take on the Czech Republic for bronze on Sunday afternoon (12 p.m. MT, TSN).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Josh Nodler

Assists: Robert Mastrosimone
04:31
GOAL
Goal: Ronnie Attard

Assists: Bobby Brink, Matt Brown
06:08
PENALTY
Penalty: Cal Kiefiuk
Hooking (2:00)
06:29
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Ethan Leyh
Cross-Checking (2:00)
04:18
PENALTY
Penalty: Austin Wong (Served by Reilly Funk)
Boarding (2:00)
12:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Austin Wong
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
12:37
GOAL
Goal: Mathieu Gosselin

Assists: Alex Newhook
16:40
PENALTY
Penalty: T.J. Lloyd
Delay of Game (2:00)
18:13
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Alexander Campbell

Assists: Riley Hughes, Massimo Rizzo
01:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Luke Johnson
High-Sticking (2:00)
08:53
Overtime
GOAL
Goal: Griffin Ness

Assists: Jack Malone
07:35

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Matthew Davis CAN-W 67 34 31 3 0.912
Blake Pietila USA 67 27 25 2 0.926

Game Leaders

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
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

Previous Games

3 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 16, 2018
2 - 0 W @ RussiaRUS
Dec 16, 2018
2 - 3 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 15, 2018
3 - 2 W vs. Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 15, 2018
4 - 5 L @ Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 13, 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.