2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Pacific 7 - Ontario 6


VICTORIAVILLE, Que. – Conner Bleackley (High River, Alta./Red Deer, WHL) scored the game-winning goal with 1:31 to go as Pacific took fifth place at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a back-and-forth 7-6 win over Ontario on Thursday afternoon.

It’s the second consecutive year Pacific has finished fifth, and third time in the last four World Under-17 Hockey Challenges, while Ontario’s sixth-place result is its worst since finishing in the same position in 1988.

The teams traded six goals in the first period, with Pacific cancelling out a trio of one-goal leads for Ontario, before Pacific took three leads of its own, only to see Ontario come back and tie the game on Watson’s goal early in the third period, setting up Bleackley’s winner.

Tanner MacMaster (Calgary, Alta./Camrose, AJHL) scored twice to lead the offence for Pacific, while Ryan Graham (Calgary, Alta./Saskatoon, WHL), Ryan Gropp (Kamloops, B.C./Penticton,  BCHL), Brycen Martin (Calgary, Alta./Swift Current, WHL) and Jake Virtanen (Abbotsford, B.C./Calgary, WHL) added singles.

Martin and Virtanen had a goal and an assist each, while captain Joe Hicketts (Kamloops, B.C./Victoria, WHL) had three helpers.

It’s the first time Pacific has beaten Ontario since a 9-1 victory in the semifinals at the 2005 tournament in Lethbridge, Alta., a span of six games.

Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Erie, OHL) paced Ontario with two goals and an assist, finishing the tournament with a team-leading nine points in five games.

Aaron Ekblad (Belle River, Ont./Barrie, OHL), Jaden Lindo (Brampton, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL), Jacob Middleton (Stratford, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL) and Spencer Watson (London, Ont./Kingston, OHL) had the other goals for Ontario, while Dante Salituro (Willowdale, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) added two assists.

Ontario finished the tournament with a 2-3 record, the equaling the number of losses it had in the last three tournaments combined.

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 23
Round/Ronde 5th
Arena/Aréna Colisée Location/Lieu Victoriaville, Que.
Date Thurs. Jan. 3, 2013
Time/Heure 01:30 PM ET


Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Final
3 1 7
2 1 6


Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période
Goals/Buts :
01:36 ONT 9 Connor McDavid (20 Dante Salituro) PP
02:17 PAC 22 Ryan Graham (16 Matt Revel, 9 Carson Bolduc)
12:35 ONT 5 Aaron Ekblad (20 Dante Salituro, 9 Connor McDavid) PP
12:49 PAC 19 Ryan Gropp (18 Jake Virtanen)
13:25 ONT 22 Jaden Lindo (18 Brett Hargrave, 10 Eric Cornel)
16:27 PAC 5 Brycen Martin (17 Brayden Point, 3 Joseph Hicketts) PP

Penalties/Pénaltés :
01:01 PAC 14 Ty Mappin (Boarding)
02:36 ONT 3 Brandon Prophet (Tripping)
10:12 ONT 21 Damian Bourne (Charging)
12:07 PAC 6 Josh Thrower (Hooking)
15:44 ONT 20 Dante Salituro (Hooking)

Second Period/Deuxieme Période
Goals/Buts :
03:00 PAC 15 Tanner MacMaster (5 Brycen Martin, 3 Joseph Hicketts) PP
18:12 ONT 6 Jacob Middleton (7 Daniel De Sousa, 17 Michael Dal Colle) PP
19:12 PAC 15 Tanner MacMaster (12 Reid Duke, 3 Joseph Hicketts) PP
19:35 ONT 9 Connor McDavid (15 Spencer Watson, 11 Sam Bennett)
19:55 PAC 18 Jake Virtanen

Penalties/Pénaltés :
01:16 ONT 21 Damian Bourne (Interference)
02:21 ONT 3 Brandon Prophet (Cross Checking)
02:25 PAC 18 Jake Virtanen (High Sticking)
03:16 ONT 8 Dylan Di Perna (10-Minute Misconduct)
03:16 PAC 10 Conner Bleackley (10-Minute Misconduct)
03:16 ONT 2 Roland McKeown (Roughing)
08:54 PAC 8 Brandon Hickey (Boarding)
11:16 PAC 11 Thomas Foster (Slashing)
13:30 ONT 11 Sam Bennett (Elbowing)
15:42 PAC 8 Brandon Hickey (Slashing)
17:42 PAC 4 Riley Stadel (Cross Checking)
18:29 ONT 6 Jacob Middleton (Checking to the Head)
19:12 ONT 6 Jacob Middleton (10-Minute Misconduct)

Third Period/Troisième Période
Goals/Buts :
01:51 ONT 15 Spencer Watson (14 Niki Petti)
18:29 PAC 10 Conner Bleackley (11 Thomas Foster, 20 Tyler Sandhu)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
07:05 ONT 14 Niki Petti (Tripping)
09:15 PAC 5 Brycen Martin (Slashing)
10:08 ONT 20 Dante Salituro (High Sticking)


Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but
30 Jordan Papirny On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
ONT 1 Matthew Mancina On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
30 Brent Moran
On 3/00:00
Off 3/19:13


Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match
12 Reid Duke
ONT 9 Connor McDavid