2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #12
Preliminary
Final
November 6, 2018 7:30 pm AST
Harbour Station
Saint John, N.B.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
9
10
25
5
14
4
23

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 5
4
1 / 2
12

Game Story

WHITE USES BIG SECOND PERIOD TO FINISH PERFECT PRELIMS

JASON LA ROSE

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Connor McClennon (Wainwright, Alta./Kootenay, WHL) scored two more goals and Tristan Lennox (Cambridge, Ont./Brantford, OJHL) came within 65 seconds of a shutout as Canada White capped off an unbeaten preliminary round at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 5-1 win over the Czech Republic on Tuesday night.

McClennon scored six of the team’s 15 goals in the round robin, and added three assists for a tournament-leading nine points for White, which will take on Finland in a Thursday afternoon quarter-final at Harbour Station (3:30 p.m. AT).

Lennox wasn’t beaten until the final shot he faced with just over a minute left, finishing with 24 saves.

Both teams struggled to find their offensive footing early, combining for just 11 shots in the first period. But Dylan Robinson (Pickering, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) made good on one of the few opportunities for White, spinning in the slot and beating goaltender Jan Bednar past the glove at 11:27.

The Canadians came to life in the second period and not surprisingly it was McClennon leading the way.

After Charlie DesRoches (Days Corner, P.E.I./Saint John, QMJHL) finished a feed from Cole Perfetti (Whitby, Ont./Saginaw, OHL) just 54 seconds into the middle frame, McClennon blasted home a power-play goal at 2:12 to add a little more insurance.

Jérémie Poirier (Salabarry-de-Valleyfield, Que./Saint John, QMJHL) made it 4-0 just shy of the six-minute mark, walking in and hammering in a low slap shot to chase Bednar, who allowed four goals on 10 shots in just 26 minutes of work before giving way to Nick Malik.

McClennon welcomed Malik with arguably the goal of the tournament thus far, toe-dragging his way around a sprawled-out Czech defender before roofing a shot over the glove to push the advantage to 5-0 after 40 minutes.

Jan Cikhart spoiled the shutout for Lennox with a late goal, tipping in a Pavel Novak shot.

Canada White finished with 15 goals in three preliminary-round games, tied for the third most by a single team since the tournament went to the current eight-team format in 2014.

The Czechs, who finished at the bottom of Group A, will travel to Quispamsis to take on Russia in the first quarter-final Thursday at the qplex (3:30 p.m. AT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Cole Perfetti
Tripping (2:00)
04:29
GOAL
Goal: Dylan Robinson

Assists: William Veillette, Xavier Bourgault
11:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Owen Power
Hooking (2:00)
12:09
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Charlie DesRoches

Assists: Cole Perfetti, Mavrik Bourque
00:54
PENALTY
Penalty: Jan Bednar (Served by Martin Janda)
Delay of Game (2:00)
01:39
GOAL
Goal: Connor McClennon (power play)

Assists: Jérémie Poirier, Théo Rochette
02:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Cameron Butler
High-Sticking (2:00)
02:48
GOAL
Goal: Jérémie Poirier

Assists: Jake Neighbours, Mavrik Bourque
05:41
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Nick Malik

05:41
GOAL
Goal: Connor McClennon

Assists: Théo Rochette, Colby Ambrosio
11:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Marek Blaha
Holding (2:00)
19:31
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jake Neighbours
Slashing (2:00)
12:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Michael Renwick
Holding (2:00)
18:48
GOAL
Goal: Jan Cikhart (power play)

Assists: Pavel Novak
18:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Cameron Butler
Cross-Checking (2:00)
20:00

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Jan Bednar CZE 25 10 6 4 0.600
Nick Malik CZE 34 13 12 1 0.923
Tristan Lennox CAN-W 60 25 24 1 0.960

Game Leaders

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

2 - 1 W @ United StatesUSA
Nov 9, 2018
3 - 5 L vs. Canada BlackCAN-B
Nov 9, 2018
0 - 5 L @ RussiaRUS
Nov 8, 2018
3 - 4 L vs. FinlandFIN
Nov 8, 2018
1 - 5 L @ Canada WhiteCAN-W
Nov 6, 2018
5 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
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.