2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #11
Preliminary
Final
November 7, 2017 7:00 pm MST
Encana Events Centre
Dawson Creek, B.C.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
1
4
5
1
1
2
4

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
17
14
17
48
5
6
7
18

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 6
8
3 / 4
12

Game Story

AMERICANS HANG ON TO BEAT BLACK, TOP GROUP A AT U17 CHALLENGE

JASON LA ROSE

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Cole Caufield scored a pair of goals, including the eventual winner, and the United States scored four times in the third period before hanging on for a 5-4 win over Canada Black on Tuesday night to win Group A at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The victory means the Americans will face Sweden in the quarter-finals on Thursday (2:30 p.m. MT), while Black will meet Red in an all-Canadian medal round match-up (7 p.m. MT). Both games will be in Dawson Creek.

The U.S. came out firing in the first period, racking up 17 shots in the opening 20 minutes, but couldn’t find a way past Black goaltender Nolan Maier (Yorkton, Sask./Yorkton, SJHL).

Sasha Mutala (Vancouver, B.C./Tri-City, WHL) had the lone goal of the period, taking a pass from Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta./Saskatoon, WHL) and snapping a quick shot past American netminder Spencer Knight at 14:20.

Dach doubled the lead himself just past the four-minute mark of the second period, squeezing a shot through Knight, but Caufield finally solved Maier off a set-up from Matthew Boldy late in the middle frame to cut the Black lead in half.

The goal was the first allowed by Black in the tournament, ending a shutout streak of just over 156 minutes.

The Americans continued the offensive onslaught early in the third, striking for four goals in the opening 11 minutes with Boldy knocking in his own rebound to tie the game at 4:43.

Alex Turcotte scored on the power play at 6:59 to give the U.S. the lead, Judd Caulfield slipped a shot five-hole on Maier 42 seconds after that, and Caufield redirected in a Dominick Fensore pass for the 5-2 goal at 10:39.

The Canadians refused to go away, though. Tag Bertuzzi (Birmingham, Mich./Guelph, OHL) tapped in a loose puck in the crease to cut the Black deficit to two, and Dawson Mercer (Bay Roberts, N.L./Drummondville, QMJHL) converted a centering pass from Alex Newhook (St. John’s, N.L./Victoria, BCHL) with 3:04 left, igniting the crowd at the Encana Events Centre.

Black called Maier to the bench with 53 seconds left and the puck never left the American zone, but Knight and the U.S. defence locked down the one-goal win.

Maier was spectacular again, making 43 saves. The U.S. outshot Canada Black 48-18.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Bailey Peach
Slashing (2:00)
11:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Spencer Knight (Served by Michael Gildon)
Delay of Game (2:00)
13:32
GOAL
Goal: Sasha Mutala (power play)

Assists: Kirby Dach, Matthew Robertson
14:20
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: John Beecher
Tripping (2:00)
03:15
GOAL
Goal: Kirby Dach (power play)

Assists: Tag Bertuzzi, Massimo Rizzo
04:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Alex Vlasic
Tripping (2:00)
08:00
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Hayden Fowler)
Too Many Players (2:00)
11:14
GOAL
Goal: Cole Caufield

Assists: Matthew Boldy
16:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Alex Newhook
Delay of Game (2:00)
17:22
PENALTY
Penalty: Jamieson Rees
Tripping (2:00)
18:34
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Matthew Boldy

Assists: Alex Turcotte
04:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Kaedan Korczak
Tripping (2:00)
06:30
GOAL
Goal: Alex Turcotte (power play)

Assists: Jack Hughes, Cole Caufield
06:59
GOAL
Goal: Judd Caulfield

Assists: Michael Gildon
07:41
GOAL
Goal: Cole Caufield

Assists: Domenick Fensore, Alex Vlasic
10:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Domenick Fensore
Interference (2:00)
11:12
GOAL
Goal: Tag Bertuzzi (power play)

Assists: Massimo Rizzo, Kirby Dach
11:29
PENALTY
Penalty: Tag Bertuzzi
Charging (2:00)
14:37
GOAL
Goal: Dawson Mercer

Assists: Alex Newhook, Maxence Guénette
16:56

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Spencer Knight USA 60 18 14 4 0.778
Nolan Maier CAN-B 59 48 43 5 0.896

Game Leaders

Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2

Previous Games

6 - 4 W vs. Canada RedCAN-R
Nov 11, 2017
4 - 2 W vs. SwedenSWE
Nov 10, 2017
9 - 1 W vs. Canada WhiteCAN-W
Nov 10, 2017
3 - 4 L vs. Canada RedCAN-R
Nov 9, 2017
5 - 1 W vs. SwedenSWE
Nov 9, 2017
4 - 5 L vs. United StatesUSA
Nov 7, 2017
Videos
Photos
2017 U17: CZE 2 – CAN-W 1 (Bronze)
Toman and Teply scored the goals to give the Czechs the bronze medal.
2017 U17: USA 6 – CAN-R 4 (Gold Medal)
Hughes had four points to lead the U.S. to its fifth U17 gold medal.
2017 U17: CAN-B 4 – SWE 2 (7th Place)
Sasha Mutala had a goal and two assists, Roman Basran stopped 30 of 32 and Black took seventh place.
2017 U17: RUS 5 – FIN 4 (5th Place)
Ilya Safonov and Egor Afansyev had a goal and an assist each, and the Russians earned fifth place.
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