Game Report 1435 World Junior A Challenge
PLAYED AT: Cobourg Community Centre
Date: Dec 17, 2015
GAME NOTES: RECORD-SETTING THIRD PERIOD HELPS WEST TO WJAC GOLD MEDAL GAME JASON LA ROSE COBOURG, Ont. – Tyson Jost (Kelowna, B.C./Penticton, BCHL) tied a tournament record with four points in a wild third period, sparking Canada West to a back-and-forth 8-5 win over Canada East on Thursday night in semifinal action at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge. The victory sends Canada West back to the gold medal game for the first time since 2012; the Canadians will face Russia in Saturday’s final (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on TSN), in search of their fourth gold medal. Liam Finlay (Kelowna, B.C./Vernon, BCHL) had a goal and two assists, and Joseph Nardi (Edmonton, Alta./Whitecourt, AJHL) added a goal and a helper, all in the final 20 minutes; the two teams combined for a record-setting nine goals in the period, and Canada West became the fourth team to score six times in a single stanza. Both teams started quickly; Brandon Biro (Sherwood Park, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL) poked in a loose puck on a Canada West power play to open the scoring at 2:48, but Owen Grant (Stittsville, Ont./Carleton Place, CCHL) knocked a rebound past Matthew Murray (St. Albert, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL) just 69 seconds later. Adam Smith (Sharon, Ont./Newmarket, OJHL) jumped on another rebound to give Canada East its first lead at 11:08, but Bobby McMann (Bonnyville, Alta./Bonnyville, AJHL) replied 24 seconds later for West. That would be it for scoring until the third period, and when it came, it came fast and furious. Cale Makar (Calgary, Alta./Brooks, AJHL) snuck a change-up past Colton Point (North Bay, Ont./Carleton Place, CCHL) on a West power play at 3:38, and Finlay tapped in another goal with the man advantage at 6:14. But Brett Murray (Bolton, Ont./Carleton Place, CCHL) scored right off the face-off at 7:23, and Luc Brown (Napanee, Ont./Wellington, OJHL) swept in shot at 11:23 to tie the game once again. Jost restored the West lead 16 seconds later, shaking off an East defencemen before ripping a slap shot over Point’s glove, only to see Josh Kosack (Oakville, Ont./Oakville, OJHL) bat a rebound past Murray at 14:50. Nardi finally gave West the lead for good at 16:51, going to the net to redirect a Finlay feed, and Tyler Busch (Lloydminster, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL) and Noah Bauld (Halifax, N.S./Lloydminster, AJHL) both hit the empty net in the final minute. Canada East will be right back on the ice Friday night, returning to Whitby, Ont., where it played its preliminary round games and quarter-final, to face the United States in the bronze medal game (7 p.m. ET).
Visiting Team: Canada East
Home Team: Canada West
CANADA EAST LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Point, Colton
G31  Latinovich, Nicholas
  Grant, Owen
  Batt, Lucas
  Smith, Adam
  Topatigh, Derek
  Brown, Luc
  Wichers, Quinn
  Michaud, Édouard
 10  Cooper, Grant
 11  Dunn, Sam
 15  Dickinson, Josh
 16  Parker, Makail
 17  Murray, Brett
 18  Rollo, Tyler
 19  Jordan, Noah
 20  Cairns, Matt
 21  Kosack, Josh
 22  King, Sam
 23  Lawson, Geoff
 24  Sokay, Ben
 25  St. Pierre, Maxime
CANADA EAST PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st2:00 (auto) Cross-Checking minor 0:501 0:501:10
1st17 2:00 (auto) Hooking minor 11:571 11:5710:03
2nd2:00 (auto) Hooking minor 1:021 1:020:58
2nd10 2:00 (auto) Hooking minor 18:071 18:073:53
2nd2:00 (auto) Holding minor 19:531 19:532:07
3rd 2:00 Too Many Men on the Ice minor 2:141 2:1419:46
3rd2:00 (auto) Cross-Checking minor 4:141 4:1417:46
3rd2:00 (auto) Interference minor 4:211 4:2117:39
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
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
1st2:00 (auto) Holding minor 8:221 8:2213:38
2nd19 2:00 Slashing minor 19:43  19:432:17
3rd2:00 (auto) High-Sticking minor 18:281 18:283:32
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
CANADA EAST Goals CANADA EAST PLAYERS (plus) CANADA WEST PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st3:57  19-22-2            
1st11:08  5-24-10            
3rd7:23  17-15            
3rd11:45  7-24-10            
3rd14:50  21-4            
                
                
                
CANADA WEST Goals CANADA WEST PLAYERS (plus) CANADA EAST PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st2:48 PP 16-12-19            
1st11:32  12-16-19            
3rd3:38 PP 7-11-10            
3rd6:14 PP 11-10-21            
3rd12:01  10-9-8            
3rd16:51  21-11-10            
3rd19:12 SH 17            
3rd19:48 SH 23            
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
CANADA EAST 0 / 2
CANADA WEST 3 / 8
PENALTY SUMMARY
CANADA EAST 16 min / 8 inf
CANADA WEST 6 min / 3 inf
POINT SUMMARY
CANADA EAST 5 G + 8 A = 13 Pts
CANADA WEST 8 G + 12 A = 20 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
CANADA EAST2035
CANADA WEST2068
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
CAN-E - Point (57:44) (L)991331/0:003rd/17:44
CAN-W - Murray (60:00) (W)851124/0:003rd/20:00
Stars of the Game TIME OF GAME:
  -  Start: 7:00 PM
  -  End: 7:00 PM
  -  Attendance:
OFFICIALS
Referee: Jonathan Alarie
Referee: Peter Kostyk
Linesmen: Scott Willson
Linesmen: Marcus Policicchio
CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


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