2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #10
Preliminary
Final
November 6, 2018 3:30 pm AST
Harbour Station
Saint John, N.B.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
16
6
9
31
5
13
6
24

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 4
8
0 / 4
8

Game Story

O’ROURKE SCORES WINNER AGAIN AS BLACK EDGES U.S.

JASON LA ROSE

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Ryan O’Rourke (Pickering, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) scored the game-winning goal for the second time in as many days, hammering in a slap shot with 91 seconds to go to give Canada Black a wild 5-4 win over the United States in the final prelim game for both Tuesday at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Just 44 seconds after Eamon Powell had tied the game for the U.S., O’Rourke – who scored the OT winner against the Czech Republic on Monday – took a pass from Jamie Drysdale (Toronto, Ont./Erie, OHL) and unleashed a rocket from the top of the circles that beat American goaltender Drew Commesso on the blocker side.

The win moves Black a point ahead of Canada White for first place in Group A, although White will take on the Czechs in the group finale later in the day. Black is guaranteed to finish no lower than second place.

It was all U.S. in the first period, starting with a Tanner Latsch goal just 38 seconds after the puck dropped that quickly quieted the pro-Canadian crowd at Harbour Station.

Blake Biondi slipped a shot five-hole on Joe Vrbetic (Dunvegan, Ont./Powassan, NOJHL) for the 2-0 goal at 7:52, but the Canadian netminder settled in after that and finished the opening period with 14 saves to keep it a two-goal game.

Black flipped the script in the second period, turning a deficit into a lead in less than five minutes.

Kyle Crnkovic (Chestermere, Alta./Saskatoon, WHL) got the Canadians on the board, jumping on a turnover in the neutral zone and beating Commesso through the legs four minutes into the middle stanza.

Ozzy Wiesblatt (Calgary, Alta./Prince Albert, WHL) tied it at 7:29, potting his own rebound, and Quinton Byfield (Newmarket, Ont./Sudbury, OHL) went bar-down with a rocket of a wrist shot 1:08 after that to give Black its first lead.

Will Cuylle (Toronto, Ont./Windsor, OHL) added a fourth goal before the end of the period, racing onto a lead pass and blasting a slap shot past Commesso to send the Canadians to the dressing room up by a pair at 4-2.

But the Americans refused to go away, and Landon Slaggert redirected a one-handed pass from Biondi over the shoulder of Vrbetic to make it a one-goal game at 11:58 of the third period.

Powell snapped a shot past Vrbetic on the power play with 2:15 left to seemingly send the game to overtime, but the O’Rourke winner instead left the Americans with their first two-game losing streak in the preliminary round since 1997.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Tanner Latsch

Assists: Thomas Bordeleau, Brock Faber
00:38
PENALTY
Penalty: Ryan O'Rourke
Slashing (2:00)
03:54
GOAL
Goal: Blake Biondi

Assists: Brock Faber, Tanner Latsch
07:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Brock Faber
Holding the Stick (2:00)
18:45
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Kyle Crnkovic

04:01
GOAL
Goal: Ozzy Wiesblatt

Assists: Jack Finley, Kyle Crnkovic
07:29
GOAL
Goal: Quinton Byfield

Assists: Reid Valade, Ryan O'Rourke
08:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Brett Berard
Interference (2:00)
12:07
GOAL
Goal: Will Cuylle

Assists: Pier-Olivier Roy, Aidan de la Gorgendiere
18:14
PENALTY
Penalty: Kyle Crnkovic
Late Hit (2:00)
18:38
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Donovan Sebrango
Delay of Game (2:00)
01:08
PENALTY
Penalty: Jacob Truscott
Slashing (2:00)
09:11
GOAL
Goal: Landon Slaggert

Assists: Blake Biondi, Dylan Peterson
11:58
PENALTY
Penalty: Luke Tuch
Slashing (2:00)
15:41
PENALTY
Penalty: Will Cuylle
High-Sticking (2:00)
16:57
GOAL
Goal: Eamon Powell (power play)

Assists: Thomas Bordeleau
17:45
GOAL
Goal: Ryan O'Rourke

Assists: Jamie Drysdale, Quinton Byfield
18:29

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Drew Commesso USA 60 24 19 5 0.792
Joe Vrbetic CAN-B 60 31 27 4 0.871

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

1 - 2 L vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Nov 9, 2018
5 - 3 W @ Canada WhiteCAN-W
Nov 9, 2018
1 - 2 L @ Canada RedCAN-R
Nov 8, 2018
2 - 4 L vs. SwedenSWE
Nov 8, 2018
4 - 5 L @ Canada BlackCAN-B
Nov 6, 2018
5 - 4 W vs. United StatesUSA
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.