2006 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Pacific 4 – United States 8


By Keith Borkowsky

REGINA — The United States is off to the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge gold medal game after handing favoured Pacific an 8-4 semifinal loss Tuesday in Regina.

Pacific ended its streak of four consecutive World Under-17 Hockey Challenge gold medal appearances with its first loss at the 2006 tournament.

USA coach Ron Rolston’s squad went from barely making the medal round to being in the gold medal game, which he said was a credit to the character of his hockey club.

“We didn’t expect … how the game unfolded. We played Pacific in an exhibition game and they won it,” Rolston said. “They are a terrific hockey club with a lot of skill and speed. Tonight we just got some fortunate bounces.”

Colton Grant shot a knuckleball at USA goalie Brad Phillips from a bad angle, and gave Pacific a 1-0 lead.

But the Americans responded with five-straight goals to take a commanding four-goal lead.

Pacific tried to rally the troops during a timeout, but it only seemed to help the Americans. Colin Wilson added his second of the night at seven minutes into the second frame, giving them a 5-1 advantage.

It seemed Pacific may start a comeback when Dana Tyrell hammered home a rebound at the 12:43 mark, but those hopes quickly evaporated. A 90-foot shot from Ryan Hayes beat Sexsmith stick side, giving the Americans a coffin-nailing 6-2 lead.

Pacific coach Craig Bedard said he thought a comeback was still possible after Tyrell’s goal, but noted the Hayes counter was a killer.

Tyler Ennis and Nick Ross tried to claw away at the American lead, but it was too late to stop the flooding.

Americans James van Riemsdyk scored twice and added an assist. Justin Vaive added three assists. Matt Rust, C.J. Severyn and Cade Fairchild also added goals.

Bedard said Pacific must play with “Canadian pride” when it comes to the bronze medal showdown against the Czech Republic in Regina at 3 p.m. Ross agreed with his coach, saying while they came to play for gold, a bronze medal will have to do.

The USA will play Quebec in the gold medal game in Regina at 7:30 p.m.

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 25 Round/Ronde Semi-Final
Arena/Aréna Brandt Centre Location/Lieu Regina, Sask., Canada
Date Tues. Jan. 3, 2006 Time/Heure 19:30


Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Final
PAC 1 1 2 4
USA 2 4 2 8


Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
06:20 PAC 10 Colton Grant (2 Eric Doyle, 15 Dustin Sylvester)
11:51 USA 72 Colin Wilson (66 Justin Vaive, 97 Cade Fairchild) PP
18:39 USA 61 James van Riemsdyk (45 Mike Ciesiak)

Penalties/Pénalités :
07:03 USA 44 Joseph Lavin (Holding)
08:06 PAC 18 Tyler Ennis (Cross Checking)
09:36 PAC 6 Justin Palazzo (Major-Check/behind)
13:50 PAC 2 Eric Doyle (Cross Checking)

Second Period/Deuxieme Période

Goals/Buts :
00:35 USA 98 Matt Rust (88 C.J. Severyn, 46 Kevin Shattenkirk)
07:24 USA 61 James van Riemsdyk
07:59 USA 72 Colin Wilson (91 Ryan Hayes, 66 Justin Vaive)
12:43 PAC 14 Dana Tyrell (7 Thomas Hickey, 17 Brandon Sutter)
19:05 USA 91 Ryan Hayes (98 Matt Rust, 66 Justin Vaive)

Penalties/Pénalités :
01:23 PAC 4 John Negrin (Holding)
04:13 USA 44 Joseph Lavin (Holding)
04:55 USA 28 Ian Cole (Hooking)
15:54 USA 88 C.J. Severyn (Slashing)

Third Period/Troisième Période

Goals/Buts :
04:37 USA 88 C.J. Severyn
06:30 PAC 18 Tyler Ennis (15 Dustin Sylvester, 2 Eric Doyle)
09:39 USA 97 Cade Fairchild (94 Philip McRae, 61 James van Riemsdyk) PP
17:35 PAC 8 Nick Ross (10 Colton Grant, 18 Tyler Ennis)

Penalties/Pénalités :
00:55 PAC 21 Colton Gillies (Roughing)
08:37 PAC 7 Thomas Hickey (Cross Checking)
09:04 PAC 21 Colton Gillies (Charging)
11:39 PAC 15 Dustin Sylvester (Checking to the head)
13:50 USA 28 Ian Cole (Interference)


Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 Total
PAC 7 9 12 28
USA 10 10 8 28


Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match
PAC 18 Tyler Ennis
USA 66 Justin Vaive


Referee/Arbitre Nathan Wieler
Lines People/Juges de lignes Derek Fox, Darryl Wolfe