ATLANTIC EARNS BEST FINISH SINCE ’05 WITH WIN OVER WEST
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|
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
|Second Period/Deuxieme Période|
|Third Period/Troisième Période|
|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|
|Referee||Jason Pyke, Scott Wilson|
|Lines People||Mat Hicks|