MILANO’S SHOOTOUT WINNER LEADS U.S. TO OPENING WIN OVER ONTARIO
VICTORIAVILLE, Que. – Sonny Milano tied the game midway through the third period and scored the lone goal of the shootout as the United States erased a pair of deficits to top Ontario 6-5 in Saturday’s Group B opener at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
The game marked the first preliminary round meeting between the two since 2006, although they met in the 2008, 2010 and 2011 gold medal games – Ontario won gold in the first and last of those match-ups, while the U.S. earned the top prize in 2010.
Jack Eichel scored twice to lead the offence for the Americans, who battled out of 4-1 and 5-4 holes to win their U17 opener for the ninth consecutive time, dating back to a 2-2 tie with Slovakia in 2002. The U.S. hasn’t lost its first game since 1997.
Ryan Hitchcock and Keegan Iverson had the other goals for the U.S.
Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Erie, OHL) scored once and added two assists for Ontario in an impressive debut for the 15-year-old, while captain Aaron Ekblad (Belle River, Ont./Barrie, OHL), who played last year as an under-ager, had a goal and a helper.
Josh Ho-Sang (Thornhill, Ont./Windsor, OHL), Daniel De Sousa (Mississauga, Ont./Belleville, OHL) and Sam Bennett (Holland Landing, Ont./Kingston, OHL) also scored for Ontario, which had its 11-game preliminary round winning streak snapped.
After the U.S. had fought back from 4-1 down to tie the game on Eichel’s power play goal at 9:14 of the third period, it took Ontario just 22 seconds to regain the lead, as Bennett tapped in a loose puck after a rush by McDavid.
Milano brought the Americans even 2:03 later, forcing extra time.
U.S. goaltender Chris Birdsall came up big in the shootout, stopping McDavid, Ho-Sang and Bennett, and Milano’s goal on the Americans’ first shot stood up as the winner.
Both teams are back in action Sunday; the U.S. takes on Atlantic in the early game in Victoriaville (1:30 p.m. ET), while Ontario travels to Plessisville, Que., to face Slovakia (7:30 p.m. ET).
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||2
|Date||Sat. Dec. 29, 2012
||Time/Heure||01:30 PM ET|
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
10:55 ONT 5 Aaron Ekblad (11 Sam Bennett, 9 Connor McDavid) PP
07:30 USA 43 Ryan Collins (Ob - Interference)
10:35 USA 58 Keegan Iverson (Elbowing)
10:41 USA 44 Ryan Bliss (Slashing)
15:40 ONT 5 Aaron Ekblad (Hooking)
16:46 ONT 7 Daniel De Sousa (Tripping)
18:27 ONT 22 Jaden Lindo (Cross Checking)
|Second Period/Deuxième période|
00:33 USA 47 Ryan Hitchcock (39 Dylan Larkin)
01:57 ONT 16 Josh Ho-Sang (20 Dante Salituro, 14 Niki Petti)
04:44 ONT 7 Daniel De Sousa (12 Jared McCann, 17 Michael Dal Colle) SH
11:25 ONT 9 Connor McDavid (3 Brandon Prophet)
17:38 USA 46 Jack Eichel (48 Sonny Milano)
03:34 ONT 19 Robby Fabbri (Boarding)
14:37 USA 40 Jared Fiegl (Slashing)
20:00 ONT 2 Roland McKeown (Cross Checking)
|Third Period/Troisième période|
02:59 USA 58 Keegan Iverson (40 Jared Fiegl, 56 Dominic Turgeon)
09:14 USA 46 Jack Eichel PP
09:36 ONT 11 Sam Bennett (9 Connor McDavid, 5 Aaron Ekblad)
11:39 USA 48 Sonny Milano (51 Chris Wilkie, 49 Jack Glover) PP
03:36 ONT 20 Dante Salituro (High Sticking)
03:36 USA 54 Johnathan MacLeod (Roughing)
04:15 USA 46 Jack Eichel (Hooking)
07:02 USA 44 Ryan Bliss (High Sticking)
08:33 ONT 7 Daniel De Sousa (Tripping)
10:56 ONT 5 Aaron Ekblad (Cross Checking)
|Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but|
|ONT||30 Brent Moran||On 1/00:00||Off 4/05:00|
|USA||34 Chris Birdsall||On 1/00:00||Off 4/05:00|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||OT1
|Shootout Summary/Sommaire de la fusillade
|9 Connor McDavid (Ontario)||Save|
|48 Sonny Milano (United States)||Goal
|16 Josh Ho-Sang (Ontario)||Save
|56 Dominic Turgeon (United States)||Save
|11 Sam Bennett (Ontario)||Save
|Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match|
|USA||46 Jack Eichel|
||9 Connor McDavid|