2018 World Junior A Challenge

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2018 World Junior A Challenge
Game #14
Gold
Final
December 16, 2018 4:00 pm MST
R.J. Lalonde Arena
Bonnyville, Alta.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
8
6
20
6
10
9
25

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 1
6
0 / 3
2

Game Story

U.S. BLANKS RUSSIA, WINS WJAC GOLD AGAIN

JASON LA ROSE

BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Isaiah Saville turned aside all 25 shots he faced, Bobby Brink and Trevor Janicke provided the offence and the United States claimed gold at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge with a 2-0 win over Russia on Sunday.

It’s the eighth gold medal at the tournament for the Americans, and the second in Bonnyville – they shut out Canada East 4-0 to win the top prize in 2016 at the R.J. Lalonde Arena.

The game between the two highest-scoring teams in the tournament quickly became a titanic defensive struggle; there were only 12 shots in the first period, and the combined overall total of 45 – Russia held a 25-20 advantage – was just three off the all-time record for fewest in a single game.

But the Americans made one count early. With the U.S. on the power play less than three minutes in, Brink swept the rebound of a Matt Brown shot past Russian goaltender Yaroslav Askarov for a quick 1-0 lead.

Saville and Askarov took over from there, keeping it a one-goal game for the next 56 minutes.

A late Russian power play came and went without a tying goal, and after Askarov went to the bench with just under two minutes left, Janicke hit the empty net to set off a raucous celebration on the U.S. bench.

Russia, which is the only team outside of Canada East and Canada West to play in all 13 editions of the World Junior A Challenge, remains without a gold medal; it fell one win short for the third time, joining its silver-medal efforts from 2013 and 2015.

Following the game, Brink was named tournament MVP after scoring twice and adding six assists to sit tied for the scoring lead with Russian captain Vasily Podkolzin.

Brink, Podkolzin and Askarov were named to the tournament all-star team, alongside U.S. captain Ronnie Attard and Canada West captain T.J. Lloyd on defence, and Ilya Nikolaev from Russia up front.

The 2019 World Junior A Challenge will be held Dec. 7-15 in Dawson Creek, B.C.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Yaroslav Likhachev
High-Sticking (2:00)
02:09
GOAL
Goal: Bobby Brink (power play)

Assists: Parker Ford, Matt Brown
02:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Ronnie Attard
Delay of Game (2:00)
12:24
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Ronnie Attard
Slashing (2:00)
05:04
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Jack Malone)
Too Many Players (2:00)
15:08
GOAL (EN)
Goal: Trevor Janicke

Assists: Matt Brown
19:14
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Yaroslav Askarov

19:14

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Isaiah Saville USA 60 25 25 0 1.000
Yaroslav Askarov RUS 58 19 18 1 0.947

Game Leaders

GA 0 - SVS - 25 - SV% - 1.000
GA 1 - SVS - 18 - SV% - 0.947
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

2 - 0 W @ RussiaRUS
Dec 16, 2018
0 - 2 L vs. United StatesUSA
Dec 16, 2018
3 - 2 W vs. Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 15, 2018
4 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 15, 2018
3 - 4 L @ RussiaRUS
Dec 14, 2018
4 - 3 W vs. United StatesUSA
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.