Game Report 68 World Junior A Challenge
PLAYED AT: R.J. Lalonde Arena
Date: Dec 13, 2016
GAME NOTES: U.S. BEATS CANADA EAST, BUT CANADIANS TOP GROUP B JASON LA ROSE BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Isaac Johnson scored the game-winning goal late in the first period to give the United States a 3-1 win over Canada East in the preliminary-round finale Tuesday at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge. The win left all three teams in Group B – the Americans, Canadians and Czechs – with identical 1-1 records. The first tiebreaker (goal differential) eliminated the Czech Republic, and the second (most goals scored) put Canada East in first place, and with it a bye to the semifinals. Bobby Dow (Ottawa, Ont./Kemptville, CCHL) had the lone goal for the Canadians, who will face the winner of the Czech Republic-Canada West quarter-final in the semis on Thursday night (7:30 p.m. MT). East goaltender Stefano Cantali (Montreal, Que./Longueuil, LHJQ) stole the show, finishing with a tournament-high 41 saves in a losing cause, including multiple point-blank glove stops in the third period. The Americans struck first on the power play when Nick Swaney gathered in a feed from Blake Lizotte in the high slot before rifling a wrist shot past the blocker of Cantali just 7:49 in. Dow pulled Canada East even less than six minutes later, stepping out from behind the net and going to the backhand to beat U.S. netminder Dayton Rasmussen, but Johnson gave the Americans back the lead for good at 17:59, jamming a loose puck under Cantali. A scoreless second period was due in large part to the Canadian goaltender, who made 13 of his 41 stops in the middle frame, including on a pair of early-period power-play opportunities. Knowing they needed to win by at least three goals to leapfrog the Canadians into first in the group, the Americans got one closer with 4:29 left when Collin Adams chipped a backhand over Cantali, but that would be it for scoring. It’s the first time since 2011 that Canada East has won its preliminary-round group; that was also the last time the easterners reached the gold medal game at the tournament. The Americans are right back to action on Wednesday afternoon, taking on the Czech Republic in the first quarter-final (3:30 p.m. MT). The winner of that game plays Russia in the semifinals Thursday (3:30 p.m. MT).
Visiting Team: Canada East
Home Team: United States
CANADA EAST LINEUP
PosNo.  Name
G Cantali, Stefano
G31  Jones, Hunter
  Hould, Samuel
  Grant, Owen
  Dirven, Sebastian
  Theocharidis, Tim
  Mucci, Nic
 10  Crotty, Cameron
 11  Guy, Owen
 12  Hill, Connor
 14  Levesque, Charles
 16  Lalonde, Nick
 17  Girduckis, Aidan
 18  Chapleau, Vincent
 19  Keenan, Luke
 20  Misley, Bryce
 21  Dow, Bobby
 23  Evans, Finn
 24  Thierus, Lucas
 26  McBain, Jack
 27  Wichers, Quinn
 29  Johnston, Logan
CANADA EAST PENALTIES
Per.No. Min OffenceOffPPPSStartOn
1st20 2:00 High-Sticking 6:291 6:297:49
1st29 2:00 Charging 14:201 14:2016:20
2nd19 2:00 Slashing 0:471 0:472:47
2nd2:00 Boarding 5:001 5:007:00
3rd10 2:00 Slashing 17:581 17:5819:58
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
UNITED STATES LINEUP
PosNo.  Name
G Primeau, Cayden
G30  Rasmussen, Dayton
  Kiersted, Matt
  Anderson, Mikey
  Green, Alex
  Hellickson, Matt
  Crone, Hank
  Frank, Ethen
 10  Messner, Mick
 11  McManus, Brannon
 12  Swaney, Nick
 14  Adams, Collin
 15  Washe, Paul
 16  Ryczek, Jake
 17  Baker, Tarek
 18  Phillips, Clayton
 19  Lizotte, Blake
 20  Berger, Chris
 21  Limoges, Alex
 22  Aamodt, Wyatt
 23  Johnson, Isaac
 24  Solow, Zach
UNITED STATES PENALTIES
Per.No. Min OffenceOffPPPSStartOn
1st2:00 Holding 8:591 8:5910:59
2nd2:00 Interference 13:341 13:3415:34
2nd22 2:00 Delay of Game 15:281 15:2817:28
3rd2:00 Holding 6:001 6:008:00
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
CANADA EAST GoalsCANADA EAST PLAYERS (plus)UNITED STATES PLAYERS (minus)
Per.Time  G-As1-As2  
1st13:10  21-3-16            
                
                
UNITED STATES GoalsUNITED STATES PLAYERS (plus)CANADA EAST PLAYERS (minus)
Per.Time  G-As1-As2  
1st7:49 PP 12-19-16            
1st17:59  23-15            
3rd15:31  14-20            
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
CANADA EAST0 / 4
UNITED STATES1 / 5
PENALTY SUMMARY
CANADA EAST10 min / 5 inf
UNITED STATES8 min / 4 inf
POINT SUMMARY
CANADA EAST1 G + 2 A = 3 Pts
UNITED STATES3 G + 4 A = 7 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
CANADA EAST1001
UNITED STATES2013
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
CAN-E - Cantali (60:00) (L)14131441/0:003rd/20:00
USA - Rasmussen (60:00) (W)87924/0:003rd/20:00
Stars of the GameTIME OF GAME:
  -  Start:7:38 PM
  -  End:9:47 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.