2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #8
Preliminary
Final
November 5, 2018 7:30 pm AST
Harbour Station
Saint John, N.B.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
14
4
6
24
6
8
16
30

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
3 / 7
8
0 / 3
34

Game Story

MCCLENNON MASTERFUL AS WHITE TOPS U.S. FOR U17 WIN

JASON LA ROSE

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Connor McClennon (Wainwright, Alta./Kootenay, WHL) did it all, scoring a hat trick and adding two assists to lead Canada White to a 5-2 win over the United States on Monday night at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

McClennon had a goal in each period, scoring on the power play in the first, at even strength in the second and shorthanded in the third to help hand the Americans their most lopsided preliminary-round loss since a 4-1 defeat to Quebec in 2004.

The first period was all about the power play for White, and it started early; Jake Neighbours (Airdrie, Alta./Edmonton, WHL) needed just 34 seconds to sweep in a loose puck in front and put the Canadians up 1-0.

Ty Smilanic tied it for the Americans at 6:20, roofing a centering feed from Brett Berard past goaltender Sebastian Cossa (Fort McMurray, Alta./Edmonton, WHL), but Théo Rochette (Donnacona, Que./Chicoutimi, QMJHL) banged in a ricochet off the end glass to put White ahead for good at 17:21.

McClennon added his first goal in the final minute of the opening frame, taking a gorgeous cross-ice feed from Rochette and going upstairs on U.S. netminder Colin Purcell to send White to the dressing room up 3-1.

The Americans pushed to get back into the game in the second period, outshooting White 8-4, but Rochette knocked down a clearing attempt from Purcell and patiently fed McClennon for the 4-1 goal just past the 14-minute mark.

Smilanic got his second of the game in the first minute of the third period to give the U.S. a glimmer of hope, but McClennon finished his hat trick in style midway through the final stanza, racing away on a shorthanded breakaway before deftly chipping a backhand past Purcell to finish the scoring.

The loss ended an impressive run for the Americans, who had not lost a preliminary-round game by more than a single goal in more than a decade, dating back to a 4-2 loss to Germany on Jan. 1, 2008.

The teams will close out the preliminary round Tuesday with plenty to play for in Group A. The Americans are up first, taking on Canada Black (3:30 p.m. AT), followed by Canada White meeting the Czech Republic (7:30 p.m. AT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Landon Slaggert
Tripping (2:00)
00:18
GOAL
Goal: Jake Neighbours (power play)

Assists: Cole Perfetti, Connor McClennon
00:34
GOAL
Goal: Ty Smilanic

Assists: Brett Berard, Matthew Beniers
06:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Hunter Strand (Served by Dylan Peterson)
Hit to the Head (2:00)
17:04
PENALTY
Penalty: Hunter Strand
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
17:04
GOAL
Goal: Théo Rochette (power play)

Assists: Cole Perfetti, Connor McClennon
17:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Jacob Truscott
Holding (2:00)
18:34
GOAL
Goal: Connor McClennon (power play)

Assists: Théo Rochette, Jérémie Poirier
19:43
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Cameron Tolnai
Holding (2:00)
06:16
PENALTY
Penalty: Eamon Powell
Tripping (2:00)
10:08
GOAL
Goal: Connor McClennon

Assists: Théo Rochette
14:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Cole Perfetti
Slashing (2:00)
16:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Colby Ambrosio
Late Hit (2:00)
18:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Ty Smilanic
High-Sticking (2:00)
18:39
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Ty Smilanic

Assists: Dylan Peterson
00:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Tanner Latsch (Served by Dylan Peterson)
Hit to the Head (2:00)
04:22
PENALTY
Penalty: Tanner Latsch
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
04:22
PENALTY
Penalty: Luke Tuch
Hooking (2:00)
09:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Cameron Butler
Late Hit (2:00)
09:55
GOAL
Goal: Connor McClennon

10:33

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Sebastian Cossa CAN-W 60 30 28 2 0.933
Colin Purcell USA 55 24 19 5 0.792

Game Leaders

Goals 3 - Assists 2 - Points 5
G 3 - A 2 - P 5
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

3 - 5 L vs. Canada BlackCAN-B
Nov 9, 2018
1 - 2 L vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Nov 9, 2018
3 - 4 L vs. FinlandFIN
Nov 8, 2018
1 - 2 L @ Canada RedCAN-R
Nov 8, 2018
5 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Nov 6, 2018
4 - 5 L @ Canada BlackCAN-B
Nov 6, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 U17: SWE 4 – CAN-R 3 SO (Bronze Medal)
Raymond scored the lone goal in the shootout to give Sweden bronze.
2018 U17: RUS 2 – FIN 1 (Gold Medal)
Gushchin and Kokhanin scored to give the Russians a fourth U17 gold.
2018 U17: RUS 6 – SWE 4 (Semifinal)
Ponomaryov had 2G 2A to help the Russians reach the gold medal game.
2018 U17: CZE 2 – USA 1 (7th Place)
Mysak had a goal and an assist to lead the Czechs to seventh place.