December 10. 2017
By Jason La Rose
TRURO, N.S. – David Kofron scored a pair of goals and Jachym Kondelik added a goal and an assist, pacing the Czech Republic to a 5-2 win over Canada West in the curtain-raiser Sunday at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.
The Czechs won their tournament opener for the first time in six appearances, and sent West to its first Day 1 loss since 2014.
Lukas Rousek converted on the first Czech Republic power play just past the eight-minute mark, driving to the net and going five-hole on Canadian goaltender Mitch Adamyk to make it 1-0.
Kofron doubled the advantage just 1:26 later, knocking a one-time feed from Pavel Kousal through Adamyk to send the Europeans to the dressing room up by a pair.
Ethan de Jong (10) needed just 86 seconds of the second period to get West on the board, squeezing a one-timer through netminder Milan Kloucek off a set-up from Ross Armour, but Tomas Havranek answered midway through the middle frame to restore the two-goal lead.
Kondelik pushed it to three on another Czech power play at 14:50, jamming a shot past Adamyk down low.
That would be all for the West goaltender, who gave way to Zach Rose after allowing four goals in 17 shots.
Jonny Tychonick gave the Canadians hope just shy of the seven-minute mark of the third period, going end to end to beat Kloucek, but that would be the last shot to beat the Czech puck-stopper, who made 24 saves.
Kofron added his second goal into an empty net with 1:51 left to finish the scoring.
Nine of the 11 gold-medal games at the World Junior A Challenge have featured at least one Canadian team.
Team Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, and also took home gold in 2011 and 2015.
The team also won silver medals in 2008, 2009, and 2012, as well as bronze in 2013. Team Canada East won silver medals in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2016, as well as claiming the bronze medal in 2008.
Team Canada West Roster
|18||Carter Turnbull||F||R||5’8”||169||9/8/98||Nanaimo, BC||Powell River (BCHL)|
|20||Ross Armour||F||R||6’1¾”||165||2/7/98||Rossland, BC||Trail (BCHL)|
|23||Kyle Johnson||F||R||5’10½”||180||6/3/98||Port Moody, BC||Prince George (BCHL)|
|9||Angus Crookshank||F||L||5’10”||181||10/2/99||North Van, BC||Langley (BCHL)|
|10||Ethan de Jong||F||R||5’10½”||170||7/12/99||North Van, BC||Prince George (BCHL)|
|15||Rylan Van Unen||F||L||6’0¼”||169||2/26/99||Kamloops, BC||Merritt (BCHL)|
|17||Brett Stapley||F||R||5’9¾”||165||2/23/99||Campbell River, BC||Vernon (BCHL)|
|2||Seth Barton||D||R||6’2¼”||175||8/18/99||Kelowna, BC||Trail (BCHL)|
|6||Jonny Tychonick||D||L||5’11½”||168||3/3/00||Penticton, BC||Penticton (BCHL)|
|11||Brendan Budy||F||L||5’10”||178||6/6/00||Langley, BC||Langley (BCHL)|
|12||Harrison Blaisdell||F||L||5’10½”||175||3/18/01||Abbotsford, BC||Chilliwack (BCHL)|
|3||Jarrod Gourley||D||L||6’2”||195||6/29/99||Calgary, AB||Spruce Grove (AJHL)|
|7||T.J. Lloyd||D||R||5’7½”||163||11/15/99||Lloydminster, AB||Spruce Grove (AJHL)|
|4||Jacob Bernard-Docker||D||R||6’0”||181||6/30/00||Canmore, AB||Okotoks (AJHL)|
|16||Dylan Holloway||F||L||5’11¼”||165||9/1/01||Bragg Creek, AB||Okotoks (AJHL)|
|8||Levi Kleiboer||D||R||5’10½”||154||7/17/98||Martensville, SK||Battlefords (SJHL)|
|14||Riese Gaber||F||L||5’7¼”||138||10/10/99||Gilbert Plains, MB||Steinbach (MJHL)|
|31||Mitch Adamyk||G||L||6’2½”||184||12/25/98||East St. Paul, MB||Powell River (BCHL)|
|19||Corey Andonovski||F||R||6’0¼”||193||3/26/99||Uxbridge, ON||Chilliwack (BCHL)|
|24||Ryan O’Connell||D||L||6’1¼”||170||4/25/99||Gloucester, ON||Penticton (BCHL)|
|22||Chrystopher Collin||F||R||5’10”||158||5/5/99||Bois-des-Filion, QC||Flin Flon (SJHL)|
|1||Zach Rose||G||L||6’0”||180||7/3/99||Paradise, N.L.||Victoria (BCHL)|