Game Report 549 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
PLAYED AT: Centre 200
Date: Jan 4, 2014
GAME NOTES: U.S. FINISHES PERFECT RUN, WINS UNDER-17 GOLD by David Brien SYDNEY, N.S. – The United States capped a dominant run through the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge on Saturday night, blanking Pacific 4-0 to win its fourth gold medal. The Americans went a perfect 6-0, outscoring the opposition by a combined 47-6. Luke Kirwan scored twice to pace the offence, while Colin White and Christian Fischer added singles. White also had an assist to finish as the tournament’s leading scorer with 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in six games. Michael Lackey needed to make just 12 saves for the shutout, while his Canadian counterpart, Zach Sawchenko (Calgary, Alta./Moose Jaw, WHL) was terrific in the Pacific goal, turning aside 48 of 52 shots. The U.S. opened the scoring just past the 13-minute mark of the first period, when a delayed Pacific penalty sent an extra American skater into the offensive zone. Kirwan spun in the corner and tried to centre the puck, but instead it banked off Sawchenko’s pad and past the Pacific netminder for the all-important first goal. Fischer doubled the lead in the dying seconds of the first period, stepping into the slot and absolutely wiring a shot past Sawchenko for a two-goal lead that, based on the way the Americans had performed in the tournament, seemed liked a steep hill to climb for the Canadian side. It took White just 33 seconds of the second period to extend the lead even further, beating Sawchenko for his tournament-leading 10th goal. Although Sawchenko was standing tall in the Pacific goal, making 22 saves alone in the second period, his teammates could not beat Lackey, not reaching double digits in shots on goal until the seven-minute mark of the third period. Kirwan put the final nail in the coffin 11:34 into the third, with White picking up his final point of an impressive tournament, and Jeremy Bracco adding his third assist of the night. It took until the six-minute mark of the second period for the game’s first penalty. Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power play in what was a physical but disciplined game for both teams. Pacific has now taken home silver from the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge on six occasions (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2014), more than any other team. Three of those losses, in 2001, 2002 and this year, have come at the hands of the Americans.
Visiting Team: Pacific
Home Team: United States
PACIFIC LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G McBride, Nick
G31  Sawchenko, Zach
  Guhle, Brendan
  Davis, Kevin
  Gatenby, Joe
  Reagan, Brady
  Reddekopp, Chaz
  Juulsen, Noah
  Wotherspoon, Parker
  Musil, Adam
 10  Gennaro, Matteo
 11  Ronning, Ty
 12  Chyzowski, Nick
 14  Gawdin, Glenn
 15  Shmyr, Braylon
 16  Comrie, Ty
 17  Merkley, Nick
 18  Estephan, Giorgio
 19  Benson, Tyler
 20  Morrison, Brad
 21  Soy, Tyler
 22  Hansen, Jannik
PACIFIC PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
2nd2:00 (auto) Boarding minor 6:041 6:0415:56
2nd17 2:00 Tripping minor 16:251 16:255:35
3rd17 2:00 (auto) Cross-Checking minor 19:491 19:492:11
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
UNITED STATES LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G31  Lackey, Michael
G33  Opilka, Luke
 34  Matthews, Auston
 36  White, Colin
 37  Bracco, Jeremy
 38  Greenway, Jordan
 39  Werenski, Zach
 40  Warren, Brendan
 41  McAvoy, Charles
 42  Masonius, Joseph
 44  Kirwan, Luke
 45  Boka, Nicholas
 46  Kunin, Luke
 47  Tkachuk, Matthew
 48  Roslovic, Jack
 50  Floodstrand, Michael
 51  Evers, Christian
 55  Hanifin, Noah
 56  Jones, Caleb
 57  Yan, Dennis
 58  Fitzgerald, Casey
 60  Fischer, Christian
UNITED STATES PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
2nd45 2:00 (auto) Interference minor 12:331 12:339:27
3rd42 2:00 Tripping minor 4:571 4:5717:03
3rd55 2:00 (auto) High-Sticking minor 12:511 12:519:09
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
PACIFIC Goals PACIFIC PLAYERS (plus) UNITED STATES PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
                
                
                
                
UNITED STATES Goals UNITED STATES PLAYERS (plus) PACIFIC PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st13:27  44-37            
1st19:20  60-34-40            
2nd:33  36-37            
3rd11:34  44-36-37            
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
PACIFIC 0 / 3
UNITED STATES 0 / 3
PENALTY SUMMARY
PACIFIC 6 min / 3 inf
UNITED STATES 6 min / 3 inf
POINT SUMMARY
PACIFIC 0 G + A = 0 Pts
UNITED STATES 4 G + 6 A = 10 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
PACIFIC0000
UNITED STATES2114
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
PAC - Sawchenko (60:00) (L)11221548/0:003rd/20:00
USA - Lackey (60:00) (W)45312/0:003rd/20:00
Stars of the Game TIME OF GAME:
  -  Start: 4:00 PM
  -  End: 4:00 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.