2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #13
Quarter-final
Final
November 9, 2017 2:30 pm MST
North Peace Arena
Fort St. John, B.C.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
7
15
9
31
16
9
14
39

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 0
4
0 / 1
2

Game Story

CZECHS SHOCK RUSSIANS, BOOK SEMIFINAL SPOT AT U17S

JASON LA ROSE

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Matej Toman scored twice in a span of 2:23 in the second period, sending the Czech Republic into the semifinals at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 4-3 upset win over previously-unbeaten Russia in quarter-final action Thursday.

The Czechs are into the final four for the first time since they won bronze at the 2006 tournament in Regina, Sask. They will face the winner of the Canada Red-Canada Black quarter-final in the semis on Friday.

Ondrej Psenicka and Jaromir Pytlik had the other goals for the Czech Republic, who got 36 saves from Nick Malik in a tremendous performance.

Russia jumped into the early lead when Artemii Kniazev got his point shot through traffic and past Malik just past the midway mark of the first period, but Psenicka knocked in a loose puck from in close less than four minutes later to draw the Czechs even.

Malik was busiest in the opening 20 minutes, turning away 15 of 16 shots.

Toman took over in the second; he showed good patience to outwait Russian goaltender Vsevolod Skotnikov before tucking in the 2-1 goal at 10:54, and toe-dragged around a defender before roofing a shot past Skotnikov at 13:17 to put the Czechs ahead for good.

Daniil Gutik got the Russians back within one just four minutes into the third period, racing down the right wing and wiring a shot over the short-side shoulder of Malik, only for Pytlik to finish a give-and-go with Matej Morong to restore the two-goal advantage just shy of the 12-minute mark.

Danil Gushchin made it interesting with less than three minutes left, going five-hole on Malik after a gorgeous stretch pass from Kniazev, but that would be it for scoring.

It is the third year in a row that a No. 4 seed has beaten a group winner in the quarter-finals – Canada White beat Canada Red last year, and Sweden topped the United States in 2015.

The Russians will play in the fifth-place game on Friday, with time and opponent to be determined.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Artemii Kniazev

Assists: Oleg Zaitsev
10:37
GOAL
Goal: Ondrej Psenicka

Assists: Marcel Barinka
14:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Simon Kubicek
Tripping (2:00)
14:56
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Matej Toman

Assists: Michal Teply
10:54
GOAL
Goal: Matej Toman

Assists: Filip Prikryl
13:17
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Daniil Gutik

Assists: Matvey Guskov, Daniil Zaruba
04:18
PENALTY
Penalty: Jan Mlcak
Roughing (2:00)
06:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Ilya Safonov
Slashing (2:00)
06:43
GOAL
Goal: Jaromir Pytlik

Assists: Matej Morong
11:58
GOAL
Goal: Danil Gushchin

Assists: Artemii Kniazev, Daniil Zaruba
17:30

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Nick Malik CZE 60 39 36 3 0.923
Vsevolod Skotnikov RUS 59 31 27 4 0.871

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

2 - 1 W @ Canada WhiteCAN-W
Nov 11, 2017
5 - 4 W vs. FinlandFIN
Nov 10, 2017
2 - 3 L @ Canada RedCAN-R
Nov 10, 2017
3 - 4 L vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Nov 9, 2017
4 - 3 W @ RussiaRUS
Nov 9, 2017
5 - 3 W @ Canada RedCAN-R
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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