2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #17
Place
Final
November 4, 2016 12:00 pm EST
Essar Centre
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
0
3
3
0
1
1
2

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
16
12
18
46
6
7
6
19

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 1
8
1 / 3
4

Game Story

LATE GOALS LEAD AMERICANS PAST RED FOR FIFTH AT U17S

JASON LA ROSE

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – Jake Pivonka and Jacob Semik scored goals in the last six minutes to turn a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead and help the United States to a 3-2 win over Canada Red in the fifth-place game Friday at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The win helped the U.S. avoid losing three times at one U17 tournament for the first time since 2004. The Americans improved one spot on their sixth-place finish from 2015.

A scoreless first period was spent mostly in the Canadian zone, with the U.S. outshooting Red 16-6 in the opening 20 minutes. Only the play of Canadian goaltender Kevin Mandolese (Blainville, Que./Cape Breton, QMJHL), who had a shutout in his previous start against Russia in Tuesday, kept the game without a goal.

It was much of the same in the second, with the U.S. once again holding the advantage in shots, 12-7, but Red finally broke through for the game’s opening goal near the end of the middle frame.

With the Canadians on the power play, Ryan Merkley (Mississauga, Ont./Guelph, OHL) played give-and-go with Ty Dellandrea (Port Perry, Ont./Flint, OHL) before letting go a wrist shot that meandered its way through traffic and in behind American netminder Keegan Karki at 13:56.

The U.S. needed just 46 seconds of the third period to pull even; Red couldn’t clear the zone and the puck worked its way down to Trevor Janicke, who found Pivonka in the slot for a one-timer to tie the game.

But Canadian captain Benoît-Olivier Groulx (Gatineau, Que./Halifax, QMJHL) restored the Red advantage less than eight minutes later, picking up his own rebound to the right of the American net and going up and over the shoulder of Karki for the 2-1 lead.

Pivonka tied it for the U.S. at 14:19, jamming a shot past Mandolese from behind the net, and Semik took a pass from Jake Goldowski in the slot and rifled home a shot with 2:51 left to provide the game-winner.

Mandolese starred for the second-consecutive start, finishing with 43 saves in a losing cause. The Americans outshot Canada Red 46-19 overall, including 18-6 in the decisive third period.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jake Pivonka
Hooking (2:00)
17:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Nathan Dunkley
Hooking (2:00)
18:41
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Joel Farabee
Tripping (2:00)
04:48
PENALTY
Penalty: Jake Wise
Tripping (2:00)
12:36
GOAL
Goal: Ryan Merkley (power play)

Assists: Ty Dellandrea
13:56
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Jake Pivonka

Assists: Trevor Janicke, Erik Middendorf
00:46
GOAL
Goal: Benoît-Olivier Groulx

Assists: Shawn Element, Serron Noel
08:34
GOAL
Goal: Jake Pivonka

Assists: K’Andre Miller, Erik Middendorf
14:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Jonathan Gruden
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
15:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Ryan Merkley
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
15:01
GOAL
Goal: Jacob Semik

Assists: Jake Goldowski, Oliver Wahlstrom
17:09

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Keegan Karki USA 60 19 17 2 0.895
Kevin Mandolese CAN-R 58 46 43 3 0.935

Game Leaders

Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

3 - 2 W @ Canada RedCAN-R
Nov 4, 2016
2 - 3 L vs. United StatesUSA
Nov 4, 2016
3 - 4 L vs. SwedenSWE
Nov 3, 2016
2 - 3 L vs. Canada WhiteCAN-W
Nov 3, 2016
3 - 4 L @ Canada BlackCAN-B
Nov 1, 2016
1 - 0 W vs. RussiaRUS
Nov 1, 2016
Videos
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2014 WJAC: USA 3 – DEN 2 (OT) (Gold)
Bergh tied it with 1:43 left and Novak scored the winner on an OT power play to give the Americans another WJAC gold.
2014 WJAC: RUS 2 – CAN-E 0 (Bronze)
Samsonov set a WJAC record with a 46-save shutout, Kaprizov and Guryanov scored, and the Russians won bronze.
2014 WJAC: SUI 3 – CAN-W 2 (Fifth Place)
Forrer and Kessler scored the GTG and GWG 50 seconds apart in the third period, leading the Swiss to fifth place.
2014 WJAC: DEN 5 – RUS 1 (Semifinal)
Bjorkstrand scored twice, Aagaard and Ehlers had two assists, and the Danes advanced to the gold medal game.
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