Game Report 2182 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
PLAYED AT: Harbour Station
Date: Nov 6, 2018
GAME NOTES: 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.
Visiting Team: United States
Head Coach: Seth Appert
Associate Coach: Nick Fohr
Assistant Coach: Jared Nightingale
Home Team: Canada Black
Head Coach: Dennis Williams
Assistant Coach: Sylvain Favreau
Assistant Coach: Troy Smith
UNITED STATES LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G29  Purcell, Colin
G35  Commesso, Drew
 34  Faber, Brock
 36  Dzhaniyev, Daniyal
 37  Tuch, Luke
 38  Slaggert, Landon
 39  Peterson, Dylan
 40  Gallatin, Owen
 43  Kleven, Tyler
 44  Kelley, Connor
 45  Beniers, Matthew
 46  Powell, Eamon
 47  Bordeleau, Thomas
 48  Sanderson, Jake
 49  Strand, Hunter
 51  Latsch, Tanner
 52  Berard, Brett
 53  Yoder, Chase
 54  Laatsch, Daniel
 55  Truscott, Jacob
 56  Biondi, Blake
 59  Smilanic, Ty
UNITED STATES PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st34 2:00 Holding the Stick 18:451 18:45
2nd52 2:00 Interference 12:071 12:07
3rd55 2:00 Slashing 9:111 9:11
3rd37 2:00 Slashing 15:411 15:41
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
CANADA BLACK LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G30  Bjorklund, Garin
G31  Vrbetic, Joe
  Hunt, Daemon
  de la Gorgendiere, Aidan
  Drysdale, Jamie
  Terry, Zack
  Sebrango, Donovan
  Smith, Spencer
 10  Valade, Reid
 11  Lawrence, Josh
 12  Foudy, Jean-Luc
 14  Finley, Jack
 15  Crnkovic, Kyle
 16  Beaudoin, Charles
 17  Wiesblatt, Ozzy
 18  Cuylle, Will
 19  Byfield, Quinton
 20  O'Rourke, Ryan
 21  Helliwell, Ryan
 22  Hardie, James
 23  Roy, Pier-Olivier
 24  Tullio, Tyler
CANADA BLACK PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st20 2:00 Slashing 3:541 3:54
2nd15 2:00 Late Hit 18:381 18:38
3rd2:00 Delay of Game 1:081 1:08
3rd18 2:00 High-Sticking 16:571 16:57
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
UNITED STATES Goals UNITED STATES PLAYERS (plus) CANADA BLACK PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st:38  51-47-34            
1st7:52  56-34-51            
3rd11:58  38-56-39            
3rd17:45 PP 46-47            
                
CANADA BLACK Goals CANADA BLACK PLAYERS (plus) UNITED STATES PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
2nd4:01  15            
2nd7:29  17-14-15            
2nd8:37  19-10-20            
2nd18:14  18-23-3            
3rd18:29  20-4-19            
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
UNITED STATES 1 / 4
CANADA BLACK 0 / 4
PENALTY SUMMARY
UNITED STATES 8 min / 4 inf
CANADA BLACK 8 min / 4 inf
POINT SUMMARY
UNITED STATES 4 G + 7 A = 11 Pts
CANADA BLACK 5 G + 8 A = 13 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
UNITED STATES2024
CANADA BLACK0415
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
USA - Commesso (60:00) (L)59519/0:003rd/20:00
CAN-B - Vrbetic (60:00) (W)146727/0:003rd/20:00
Stars of the Game TIME OF GAME:
  -  Start: 3:37 PM
  -  End: 5:52 PM
  -  Attendance:  
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CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


This report has been checked and verified against the Official World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Game Report.