2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Atlantic 2 – West 1


by Matthew Nicholson

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – For the first time since winning bronze in 2005, Atlantic has cracked the top half of the final standings at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Taylor Burke’s goal at 12:06 of the third period stood up as the game winner as Atlantic scored a tight 2-1 win over West in Monday night’s fifth-place game at the PCU Centre.

The game marked the second year in a row the two teams matched up in a placement game; last year they met for seventh place in northern Ontario, a game won 4-2 by Atlantic.

A defensive battle throughout, both goaltenders were tested often, but neither was beaten until Atlantic’s Devon Oliver-Dares broke the scoreless deadlock 1:31 into the second period, burying a loose puck behind West goaltender Chris Dreidger.

That goal was the only one of the game until Burke’s, which gave Atlantic a little breathing room and became the game winner when West’s Brendan Leipsic beat Atlantic netminder Brandon Whitney at 14:19 of the final frame.

Whitney proved to be the story, making 34 saves as West outshot Atlantic 35-19.

West did damage to its comeback chances with a pair of too many men on the ice penalties in the third period, the second coming with just 1:35 to go, leaving it shorthanded for the final 95 seconds.

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 23 Round/Ronde 5th Place
Arena/Aréna PCU Centre Location/Lieu Portage la Prairie, Man.
Date Mon. Jan. 03, 2011 Time/Heure 07:30 PM CT


Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Final
ATL 0 1 1 2
WST 0 0 1 1


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

Goals/Buts :

Penalties/Pénaltés :
03:30 WST 11 Landon Peel (Tripping)
15:46 WST 9 Reid Gow (Hooking)

Second Period/Deuxieme Période

Goals/Buts :
01:31 ATL 16 Devon Oliver-Dares (7 Liam O'Brien , 21 Ryan Penny)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
01:40 WST 3 Brady Gaudet (10-Minute Misconduct)
02:01 WST 16 Logan McVeigh (Interference)
09:01 ATL 17 Brent Turnbull (Boarding)
12:34 ATL 7 Liam O'Brien (Tripping)
15:36 ATL 5 Matthew Murphy (Hooking)
17:43 WST 12 Chandler Stephenson (Tripping)
19:40 WST 3 Brady Gaudet (Checking from Behind)

Third Period/Troisième Période

Goals/Buts :
12:06 ATL 19 Taylor Burke
14:19 WST 15 Brendan Leipsic

Penalties/Pénaltés :
06:12 WST (Too Many Men)
08:31 ATL 12 Matthew Bursey (Roughing)
16:54 ATL 3 Brett Beauvais (Holding)
18:25 WST (Too Many Men)


Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but
ATL 31 Brandon Whitney On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
WST 31 Chris Dreidger On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00


Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 Total
ATL 7 6 6 19
WST 8 14 13 35

Referee Jason Pyke, Scott Wilson
Lines People Mat Hicks