Game Report 937 World Junior A Challenge
PLAYED AT: West Central Events Centre
Date: Dec 20, 2014
GAME NOTES: NOVAK SCORES OT WINNER, U.S. WINS THIRD STRAIGHT WJAC GOLD JASON LA ROSE KINDERSLEY, Sask. – Thomas Novak was the hero, scoring 4:56 into overtime to give the United States a 3-2 win over Denmark in Saturday’s gold medal game at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge. The Americans won their third consecutive gold medal, and sixth in the last seven years. They also ran their winning streak at the tournament to a record 13 games, dating back to the bronze medal game in 2011. With the U.S. enjoying a four-on-three power play early in the extra period, Novak missed a pair of point-blank chances before hammering a one-timer past Danish netminder George Sorensen to end the first overtime gold medal game in tournament history. Novak’s goal spoiled the performance of Sorensen, who set a World Junior A Challenge record for saves in a game with 60. He equaled the mark set by Belarusian goaltender Anton Mitskevich at the inaugural tournament in 2006 in regulation time, and broke it with five more stops in overtime. Brock Boeser and Mason Bergh, with just 1:43 to go, scored the other goals for the U.S. Novak added two assists to his game-winner for a three-point outing, while Boeser had a goal and a helper. Nikolaj Ehlers and Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and an assist each for the Danes. Ehlers finished with a tournament-leading nine points (six goals, three assists), taking home the World Junior A Challenge MVP award and earning a spot on the tournament all-star team, alongside Novak. It took just 33 seconds for the Danes to take the lead; Ehlers took a pass from Bjorkstrand and streaked into the American zone, cutting to the net and roofing a backhand over the shoulder of Eric Schierhorn. Sorensen took over from there. He made 17 saves in the first period, and added 15 more in the second before Boeser finally pulled the U.S. even on the power play, scoring on their 33rd shot just past the midway mark of the middle frame. Sorensen had 39 saves through two periods, keeping the Danes in a 1-1 game, and Bjorkstrand restored their lead 5:46 into the third, blasting a point shot past Schierhorn on a two-man advantage. Denmark looked to be poised to win gold in its tournament debut, but Bergh knocked in a feed from Boeser on another U.S. power play with under two minutes to go, forcing overtime and setting up Novak’s heroics. The Americans finished with a 63-24 advantage in shots on goal.
Visiting Team: United States
Home Team: Denmark
UNITED STATES LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Schierhorn, Eric
  Reinke, Mitch
  Zuhlsdorf, Ryan
  Hillman, Blake
  Wolanin, Christian
  Curti, Charles
  Gambrell, Dylan
  Bergh, Mason
  Malone, Seamus
 10  Oglevie, Andrew
 11  Nardella, Bobby
 12  Boeser, Brock
 14  Joshua, Dakota
 15  Novak, Thomas
 16  Gersich, Shane
 17  Angello, Anthony
 18  Connor, Kyle
 19  Snively, Joe
 20  Gaudette, Adam
 22  Sheehy, Tyler
 24  Shaw, Hayden
UNITED STATES PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st2:00 Slashing minor 4:431 4:4317:17
2nd19 2:00 Slashing minor 19:111 19:112:49
3rd19 2:00 (auto) Hooking minor 4:251 4:2517:35
3rd2:00 (auto) Holding minor 5:311 5:3116:29
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
DENMARK LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G30  Sorensen, George
  Krogsgaard, Anders
  Hansen, Daniel
  Lassen, Matias
  Aagaard, Mikkel
  Olesen, Nick
 10  Jensen, Kristian
 11  Larsen, Mads
 12  Mieritz, Christian
 14  Eskerod, Victor
 15  Staeremose Pison, Andre
 16  True, Alexander
 17  Nielsen, Marcus
 18  Hertzberg, Sonny
 20  Eller, Mads
 21  Asperup, Matthias
 24  Ehlers, Nikolaj
 27  Bjorkstrand, Oliver
 28  Nielsen, Søren
 29  Rasmussen, Emil
 33  Holmberg, Jeppe
DENMARK PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st18 2:00 Slashing minor 2:211 2:2119:39
1st12 2:00 (auto) Charging minor 10:571 10:5711:03
2nd10 2:00 Roughing minor 3:301 3:3018:30
2nd2:00 Roughing minor 10:101 10:1011:50
2nd2:00 (auto) Hooking minor 17:361 17:364:24
3rd17 2:00 (auto) High-Sticking minor 1:381 1:380:22
3rd24 2:00 Slashing minor 15:071 15:076:53
3rd20 2:00 Slashing minor 16:541 16:545:06
1st OT24 2:00 Slashing minor 3:411 3:4118:19
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
UNITED STATES Goals UNITED STATES PLAYERS (plus) DENMARK PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
2nd11:33 PP 12-15-22            
3rd18:17 PP 8-12-15            
1st OT4:56 PP 15            
DENMARK Goals DENMARK PLAYERS (plus) UNITED STATES PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st:33  24-27            
3rd5:46 PP 27-24-21            
                
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
UNITED STATES 3 / 9
DENMARK 1 / 4
PENALTY SUMMARY
UNITED STATES 8 min / 4 inf
DENMARK 18 min / 9 inf
POINT SUMMARY
UNITED STATES 3 G + 4 A = 7 Pts
DENMARK 2 G + 3 A = 5 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 OT1 Total
UNITED STATES01113
DENMARK10102
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 OT1 Tot. On Off
USA - Schierhorn (75:04) (W)877022/0:001st OT/15:04
DEN - Sorensen (75:04) (L)172216560/0:001st OT/15:04
Stars of the Game TIME OF GAME:
  -  Start: 3:30 PM
  -  End: 3:30 PM
  -  Attendance:
OFFICIALS
Referee: Mike Campbell
Referee: Fraser Lawrence
Linesmen: Ryan Gibbons
Linesmen: Ryan Lundquist
CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


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