Game Report 2751 World Junior A Challenge
PLAYED AT: Encana Events Centre
Date: Dec 9, 2019
GAME NOTES: FONTAINE PROVIDES HEROICS, U.S. EDGES CZECHS JASON LA ROSE DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Gunnarwolfe Fontaine tied the game with 2:27 left and won it 56 seconds into overtime, giving the United States a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Czech Republic on Monday night at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge. It’s the first time the Americans have started with back-to-back wins at the tournament since 2014. Fontaine did it by himself on the extra-time winner, jumping on an errant pass at the Czech blue-line and knocking his own rebound through goaltender Jakub Dobes. The Czechs were less than three minutes from their second-consecutive victory, but Fontaine took a touch pass from Brendan Brisson, waited for Dobes to make the first move and absolutely wired a wicked wrist shot off the post and in to force overtime. Brisson played the role of provider in the first period, setting up both American goals. On the first, he shook off a check from a Czech before finding Sean Farrell trailing the play, and he beat Dobes with a quick release from the slot. With time ticking away in the opening frame, Brisson found Mitch Miller coming out of the penalty box and he went to the forehand on the breakaway to make it a 2-0 game after 20 minutes. Just as they did in their win over Russia on Sunday, the Czechs battled back in the second period. Ondrej Psenicka needed just 49 seconds of the middle stanza to score a power-play goal, one-timing a feed from Adam Klopka past U.S. netminder Ethan Haider, and Marcel Barinka finished on a two-on-one with Psenicka at 7:30 to draw the Czechs even. Barinka struck again seven minutes later with a rocket from the blue-line, but Trevor Kuntar tapped in a short pass at the top of the crease only 48 seconds after that to draw the Americans even at 3-3 after a wild period. The Czechs looked to have the winner with just over five minutes to go on a beauty; Robin Vsetecka knocked down a 115-foot stretch pass from Matej Morong at the U.S. blue-line, powered his way around a defender and slipped a backhand past Haider for a 4-3 advantage. But Fontaine took over from there, spoiling a terrific 32-save performance from Dobes. The Americans will travel to Fort St. John, B.C., for their next game, a first-place showdown with Canada East on Wednesday night (7 p.m. MT), while the Czechs will take on Canada West on Wednesday night in Dawson Creek in their next action (7 p.m. MT).
Visiting Team: Czech Republic
Head Coach: Miroslav Prerost
Assistant Coach: Rostislav Vlach
Home Team: United States
Head Coach: Anthony Noreen
Assistant Coach: Mark Abalan
Assistant Coach: Shane Fukushima
Assistant Coach: David Wilkie
CZECH REPUBLIC LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Dobes, Jakub
G Skorpik, Jan
  Rutar, Adam
  Siller, Albert
  Kowalczyk, Daniel
  Poizl, Daniel
  Cernohorsky, Jakub
  Malik, Zack
  Volrab, Ondrej
 10  Prikryl, Filip
 11  Bernat, Tomas
 12  Jindra, David
 13  Rychlovsky, Jakub
 14  Psenicka, Ondrej
 15  Princl, Marek
 17  Poppel, Petr
 18  Morong, Matej
 19  Barinka, Marcel
 20  Najman, Adam
 21  Vsetecka, Robin
 22  Jelinek, Simon
 23  Klapka, Adam
CZECH REPUBLIC PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st2:00 High-Sticking 14:461 14:46
2nd23 2:00 Late Hit 3:491 3:49
3rd11 2:00 Slashing 6:051 6:05
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
UNITED STATES LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Stein, Logan
G30  Haider, Ethan
  Miller, Mitch
  Reid, Luke
  Koster, Michael
  Pitlick, Rhett
  Silianoff, Grant
 10  Krenzen, Nolan
 11  Meehan, Ben
 12  Rolston, Ryder
 13  Fontaine, Gunnarwolfe
 14  Laferriere, Alex
 15  Millar, Jack
 16  Kuntar, Trevor
 17  Caponi, Connor
 18  Knies, Matt
 19  Brisson, Brendan
 20  Colangelo, Sam
 21  Farrell, Sean
 22  Berger, Christian
 23  Lopina, Josh
 24  Groll, Josh
UNITED STATES PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st24 2:00 High-Sticking 8:371 8:37
1st2:00 Hooking 17:161 17:16
2nd19 2:00 High-Sticking 0:381 0:380:49
2nd11 2:00 Hooking 16:451 16:45
3rd16 2:00 Boarding 1:441 1:44
3rd16 10:00 10-Minute Misconduct 1:44  1:44
3rd11 2:00 High-Sticking 3:251 3:25
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
CZECH REPUBLIC Goals CZECH REPUBLIC PLAYERS (plus) UNITED STATES PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
2nd:49 PP 14-23-19            
2nd7:30  19-14            
2nd14:21  19-4-6            
3rd14:52  21-18-3            
                
UNITED STATES Goals UNITED STATES PLAYERS (plus) CZECH REPUBLIC PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st11:26  21-19            
1st19:27  2-19            
2nd15:09  16-24-2            
3rd17:33  13-19-4            
1st OT:56  13            
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
CZECH REPUBLIC 1 / 6
UNITED STATES 0 / 3
PENALTY SUMMARY
CZECH REPUBLIC 6 min / 3 inf
UNITED STATES 22 min / 7 inf
POINT SUMMARY
CZECH REPUBLIC 4 G + 7 A = 11 Pts
UNITED STATES 5 G + 6 A = 11 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 OT1 Total
CZECH REPUBLIC03104
UNITED STATES21115
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 OT1 Tot. On Off
CZE - Dobes (60:56) (OTL)101011132/0:001st OT/0:56
USA - Haider (60:56) (W)653014/0:001st OT/0:56
Stars of the Game TIME OF GAME:
  -  Start: 7:07 PM
  -  End:
  -  Attendance:  
OFFICIALS
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CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


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