Game Report 1431 World Junior A Challenge
PLAYED AT: Cobourg Community Centre
Date: Dec 15, 2015
GAME NOTES: CANADA WEST SNAPS U.S. WIN STREAK, BOOKS SPOT IN WJAC SEMIFINALS JASON LA ROSE COBOURG, Ont. – Liam Finlay (Kelowna, B.C./Vernon, BCHL) scored the game-winning goal three minutes into the third period, leading Canada West past the United States 3-2 in the Group B finale on Tuesday night at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge. The win snaps the Americans’ record 14-game winning streak, the longest in tournament history, and sends the Canadians directly to the semifinals; they face the winner of the Canada East-Czech Republic quarter-final Thursday night in Cobourg (7 p.m. ET). Noah Bauld (Halifax, N.S./Lloydminster, AJHL) and Brett Orr (Elkhorn, Man./Portage, MJHL) had the other goals for Canada West, which beat the U.S. for just the second time in seven all-time meetings. The Canadians struck first late in a fast-paced opening period; Bauld picked up a loose puck while shorthanded and kept on a two-on-one, going to the backhand to beat American goaltender Kris Oldham. Orr doubled the advantage just seconds past the midway mark of the middle frame, pinching in, taking a feed from Tyson Jost (Kelowna, B.C./Penticton, BCHL) and going top shelf over Oldham’s short-side shoulder. Liam Pecararo got one back for the Americans only 62 seconds into the third period, gathering in a fortuitous bounce off the end boards and beating Canadian netminder Matthew Murray (St. Albert, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL), but Finlay reignited the capacity crowd of more than 2,300 at the Cobourg Community Centre just two minutes later, skating onto a chip pass from Jost and tucking the puck around Oldham. Chase Pearson made it a one-goal game again at 5:49, jamming in a loose puck after Murray couldn’t control a rebound, but that would be it for scoring, despite a combined 29 shots on goal in the final period. Overall, the Americans finished with a 32-29 advantage in shots, and both teams went scoreless on three power-play opportunities. The U.S. will be back in action Wednesday night, welcoming Switzerland to Cobourg for a quarter-final match-up (7 p.m. ET). The winner of that game will face Group B winner Russia in a Thursday semifinal in Whitby.
Visiting Team: Canada West
Home Team: United States
CANADA WEST LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Didur, Bo
G31  Murray, Matthew
  Stewart, Dean
  Orr, Brett
  Bear, Shane
  Pasichnuk, Brinson
  Makar, Cale
  Fabbro, Dante
  Cholowski, Dennis
 10  Jost, Tyson
 11  Finlay, Liam
 12  McMann, Bobby
 14  Fregona, Justin
 15  Hayward, Blake
 16  Biro, Brandon
 17  Busch, Tyler
 18  Turnbull, Carter
 19  Maltby, Tyler
 20  Van Tetering, Troy
 21  Nardi, Joseph
 23  Bauld, Noah
 29  Betts, Kyle
CANADA WEST PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st31 2:00 Tripping minor 4:251 4:2517:35
1st19 2:00 (auto) Head Contact minor 10:431 10:4311:17
1st19 10:00 (auto) Head Contact misconduct 10:43  10:4319:17
1st12 2:00 Roughing minor 16:471 16:475:13
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
UNITED STATES LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Bednard, Ryan
G30  Oldham, Kris
  Ahcan, Jack
  Marino, John
  Zuhlsdorf, Ryan
  Zimmer, Max
  Ford, Keegan
  Reinke, Mitch
  Peeke, Andrew
 10  Laczynski, Tanner
 11  Burke, Callahan
 12  Young, Spenser
 14  Wilkins, Josh
 15  Jozefek, Grant
 16  Pitlick, Rem
 17  Peters, Collin
 18  Meyer, Carson
 19  Pecararo, Liam
 20  Wahlin, Jake
 21  Pearson, Chase
 22  Colton, Ross
 24  Knierim, William
UNITED STATES PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st16 2:00 (auto) Hooking minor 8:091 8:0913:51
3rd20 2:00 (auto) Goaltender Interference minor 9:561 9:5612:04
3rd19 2:00 (auto) Hooking minor 16:351 16:355:25
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
CANADA WEST Goals CANADA WEST PLAYERS (plus) UNITED STATES PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st16:57 SH 23            
2nd10:19  4-10            
3rd3:02  11-21-10            
UNITED STATES Goals UNITED STATES PLAYERS (plus) CANADA WEST PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
3rd1:02  19-9-10            
3rd5:49  21-11-6            
                
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
CANADA WEST 0 / 3
UNITED STATES 0 / 3
PENALTY SUMMARY
CANADA WEST 16 min / 4 inf
UNITED STATES 6 min / 3 inf
POINT SUMMARY
CANADA WEST 3 G + 3 A = 6 Pts
UNITED STATES 2 G + 4 A = 6 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
CANADA WEST1113
UNITED STATES0022
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
CAN-W - Murray (60:00) (W)7111331/0:003rd/20:00
USA - Oldham (59:07) (L)751628/0:003rd/19:07
Stars of the Game TIME OF GAME:
  -  Start: 7:00 PM
  -  End: 7:00 PM
  -  Attendance:
OFFICIALS
Referee: Jonathan Alarie
Referee: Kevin Bennett
Linesman: Justin Knaggs
Linesman: Scott Wilson
CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


This report has been checked and verified against the Official World Junior A Challenge Game Report.