Game Report 2321 World Junior A Challenge
PLAYED AT: R.J. Lalonde Arena
Date: Dec 16, 2018
GAME NOTES: U.S. BLANKS RUSSIA, WINS WJAC GOLD AGAIN JASON LA ROSE BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Isaiah Saville turned aside all 25 shots he faced, Bobby Brink and Trevor Janicke provided the offence and the United States claimed gold at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge with a 2-0 win over Russia on Sunday. It’s the eighth gold medal at the tournament for the Americans, and the second in Bonnyville – they shut out Canada East 4-0 to win the top prize in 2016 at the R.J. Lalonde Arena. The game between the two highest-scoring teams in the tournament quickly became a titanic defensive struggle; there were only 12 shots in the first period, and the combined overall total of 45 – Russia held a 25-20 advantage – was just three off the all-time record for fewest in a single game. But the Americans made one count early. With the U.S. on the power play less than three minutes in, Brink swept the rebound of a Matt Brown shot past Russian goaltender Yaroslav Askarov for a quick 1-0 lead. Saville and Askarov took over from there, keeping it a one-goal game for the next 56 minutes. A late Russian power play came and went without a tying goal, and after Askarov went to the bench with just under two minutes left, Janicke hit the empty net to set off a raucous celebration on the U.S. bench. Russia, which is the only team outside of Canada East and Canada West to play in all 13 editions of the World Junior A Challenge, remains without a gold medal; it fell one win short for the third time, joining its silver-medal efforts from 2013 and 2015. Following the game, Brink was named tournament MVP after scoring twice and adding six assists to sit tied for the scoring lead with Russian captain Vasily Podkolzin. Brink, Podkolzin and Askarov were named to the tournament all-star team, alongside U.S. captain Ronnie Attard and Canada West captain T.J. Lloyd on defence, and Ilya Nikolaev from Russia up front. The 2019 World Junior A Challenge will be held Dec. 7-15 in Dawson Creek, B.C.
Visiting Team: United States
Home Team: Russia
UNITED STATES LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Pietila, Blake
G30  Saville, Isaiah
  Attard, Ronnie
  Johnson, Luke
  Frisch, Ethan
  Jones, Zac
  Mitchell, Travis
  Johnson, Ryan
  Janicke, Trevor
  Caponi, Connor
 10  Brink, Bobby
 11  Pinto, Shane
 12  Ford, Parker
 14  Malone, Jack
 15  O'Reilly, Ryan
 16  Brown, Matt
 17  Mastrosimone, Robert
 18  Kiefiuk, Cal
 20  Nodler, Josh
 22  Ness, Griffin
 23  Silianoff, Grant
 24  Miller, Mitchell
UNITED STATES PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st2:00 Delay of Game 12:241 14:24
2nd2:00 Slashing 5:041 7:04
3rd 2:00 Too Many Players 15:081 17:08
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
RUSSIA LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Askarov, Yaroslav
G30  Skotnikov, Vsevolod
  Tiuvilin, Dmitrii
  Burenov, Nikolai
  Bychkov, Roman
  Chistiakov, Semion
  Rogov, Ivan
  Kniazev, Artemii
  Abramov, Mikhail
 10  Likhachev, Yaroslav
 12  Mingachev, Takhir
 13  Tesanov, Daniil
 14  Gordin, Aleksandr
 16  Nikolaev, Ilya
 18  Serdyuk, Egor
 19  Podkolzin, Vasily
 21  Guskov, Matvei
 23  Mironov, Ilia
 24  Groshev, Maksim
 25  Sheshin, Dmitrii
 27  Amirov, Rodion
 28  Gutik, Daniil
RUSSIA PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st10 2:00 High-Sticking 2:091 2:52
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
UNITED STATES Goals UNITED STATES PLAYERS (plus) RUSSIA PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st2:52 PP 10-12-16            
3rd19:14 EN 8-16            
RUSSIA Goals RUSSIA PLAYERS (plus) UNITED STATES PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
                
                
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
UNITED STATES 1 / 1
RUSSIA 0 / 3
PENALTY SUMMARY
UNITED STATES 6 min / 3 inf
RUSSIA 2 min / 1 inf
POINT SUMMARY
UNITED STATES 2 G + 3 A = 5 Pts
RUSSIA 0 G + A = 0 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
UNITED STATES1012
RUSSIA0000
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
USA - Saville (60:00) (W)610925/0:003rd/20:00
RUS - Askarov (58:06) (L)58518/0:003rd/18:06
RUS - Askarov (0:46) (L)0000/19:143rd/20:00
Stars of the Game TIME OF GAME:
  -  Start: 4:08 PM
  -  End: 6:30 PM
  -  Attendance:  
OFFICIALS
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CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


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