2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
#WorldU17 3 Stars of the Day Saturday, November 7, 2015
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Owen Tippett had a goal in each period, Gabe Vilardi scored the game-winner and added an assist, and White netted the game’s last five goals to return Canada to the top of the podium for the first time since 2011 with a gold-medal win.
Fabian Zetterlund scored twice and captain Erik Brännström added a goal of his own, all within a span of 7:34 in the first period to back Arvid Söderblom’s 29-save shutout and give Sweden the bronze medal for the second year in a row.
Shawn Boudrias’ goal in the last minute of the second period stood up as the game-winner, Michael DiPietro was terrific in a 30-save performance, and Canada Red opened its Group A schedule with a victory over the Finns in Fort St. John.
Austen Keating and Evan Bouchard scored Canadian goals just 2:17 apart in the third period to turn a one-goal deficit into a one-goal advantage, and White hung on late to edge the Swedes and book the second spot in the gold medal game in Dawson Creek.
Kirill Slepets scored the only goal of the shootout in the sixth round, and Maxim Zhukov was spectacular while making 50 saves – plus six more in the shootout – to send the Russians to the gold medal game after a thrilling semifinal win over Red.
Bernard Isiguzo jammed in the game-winner 6:32 into overtime, and Kristian Vesalainen scored twice in regulation as the Finns scored four times in the first 15 minutes, then watched the Americans come all the way back to force OT before earning fifth place.
Martin Kaut got the scoring started just 15 seconds into the first period and Martin Necas closed it out with 17 seconds left in the third, helping the Czechs get a measure of revenge on Black, edging the Canadians to take seventh place.
Alexey Lipanov and Yaroslav Alekseev had two goals apiece, Andrei Svechnikov added two assists and the Russians scored the game’s last five goals to upend the Czechs and advance to the semifinals for the sixth time in six appearances.
James Hamblin scored twice in the third period and Gabe Vilardi notched the game-winner on the power play with 7:05 to go as Canada White took over in the final 20 minutes, beating the Finns to book their spot in Friday’s semifinals.
Josh Brook’s blast from the point with 2:03 left was the game-winning goal, and Red scored three times in the last 13 minutes to make it four wins in as many games in Fort St. John, earning the all-Canadian victory and moving into the semifinals.
Olle Eriksson Ek was spectacular between the pipes in a 27-save performance, Karl Markström, Lucas Elvenes and Rickard Hugg had a goal and an assist each, and the Swedes shocked the undefeated Americans to advance into Friday’s semifinals.
Eeli Tolvanen stole the show, scoring once in the first period, twice in the second and once in the third – and adding an assist – to lead the Finns to a win over their Nordic neighbours and keep the Swedes without a victory in Group B.
Brady Tkachuk scored twice and added an assist, and Scott Reedy chipped in with a goal and two helpers as the U.S. cruised to its fourth consecutive perfect preliminary round with a victory over the Canadians in the round-robin finale.
Maxime Comtois was the overtime hero for Red, redirecting in a shot just 1:06 into the extra period, finishing off a Canadian comeback from three goals down in the first 17 minutes, and clinching first place in Group A in a wild preliminary round finale.
Martin Necas’ second goal of the game midway through the third period proved to be the winner, Jakub Skarek finished with 28 saves and the Czechs held off a late push from the Canadians to earn their first victory in their Group A finale.
Jesse Koskenkorva and Eeli Tolvanen each found the back of the net twice, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 28 saves in his first start of the tournament, and the Finns never trailed, beating the defending gold medallists to make it interesting in Group B.
Antoine Morand had a pair of goals and Josh Brook added one in a dominant first period as Canada Red outshot Sweden 18-2, took control early and beat the Swedes to stay perfect and take over sole possession of first place in Group B.
Jocktan Chainey tied the game with 3:55 to go, Jake Leschyshyn scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout, and Alex D’Orio turned aside three potential game-winning shots as the Canadians outlasted the Czechs to earn their first victory.
Grant Mismash scored twice in a four-goal first period, Josh Norris had a goal and an assist, 12 skaters recorded at least one point, and the Americans continued to roll offensively, holding off the Canadians to stay undefeated in Group A.
Scott Reedy had a pair of goals, 10 Americans recorded at least one point and the United States twice scored two goals less than 45 seconds apart, helping it to its 14th consecutive preliminary round victory with a romp over the Czechs.
Mark Rubinchik, Kirill Slepets and Ivan Chekhovich each had a goal and an assist, Maxim Zhukov made 33 saves – including 12 in the third period – and the Russians earned the first three points in Group B by knocking off the Swedes.
James Hamblin scored twice and added an assist, and Gabe Vilardi’s goal with 3:56 left was the game-winner as Canada White erased an early two-goal deficit to score the all-Canadian victory in the Group A opener in Dawson Creek.
Ryan McLeod, James Hamblin and Owen Tippett scored in a span of 7:37 in the third period, Matthew Welsh made 35 saves and the Canadians held on to score an exhibition win over the defending gold medallists in Fort St. John, B.C.
Erik Brännström scored twice, Timothy Liljegren had a goal and an assist, and the Swedes converted three times on the power play to earn an exhibition victory despite being outshot 37-30. Stelio Mattheos scored the lone goal for the Canadians.
Sean Dhooghe’s goal late in the second period held up as the game-winner, and the Americans held off a pesky Canada Red team that came back three times from a goal down, earning an exhibition win in Dawson Creek, B.C.
Eeli Tolvanen ended a wild 63 minutes of hockey with the overtime winner, Santeri Hartikainen scored twice and added two assists, and the Finns erased four one-goal deficits in the first two periods to earn a back-and-forth exhibition victory.
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