Canada West opens with two wins at World Jr. A Challenge

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Newhook scores winner in shootout vs USA, Game 1.

December 11, 2018

Canada West is off to great start at the World Junior A Challenge which kicked off in Bonnyville, Alberta, on Sunday.

In game 1 Sunday, the team defeated Team USA in a rematch of last year’s gold medal game.

Alex Newhook, the Newfoundland star who plays for the Victoria Grizzlies, eventually won it – 2-1 in a shootout (above), that went to seven shooters.

Port Moody’s Ethan Leyh (Langley Rivermen), had the tied the game a 1-1 about half-way through the third, answering a shorthanded marker from USA’s Griffin Ness, who had scored at 5:23 of the third.

Matthew Davis was spectacular in nets, stopping 41 shots for Canada, including 20 in the third, as the US pressed hard for the win.



Game 2:

In game 2, Canada West faced Canada East, and again dominated their eastern rivals, winning 6-1, with BCHLers again playing a prominent role.

Austin Wong (Cochrane, AB/Okotoks, AJHL) and Harrison Blaisdell (Abbotsford, BC /Chilliwack, BCHL) scored two goals apiece Monday night at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge.

The game marked the first ever all-Canadian match-up in the preliminary round; West continues to own the head-to-head series, improving to 8-1 against its eastern rivals.

Blaisdell added an assist for a three-point performance, while Luke Bast (Red Deer, AB/Brooks, AJHL) chipped in with a goal and a helper.

North Vancouver’s Layton Ahac in action vs Canada West in game 2 of the World Jr. A Challenge. West won 6-1.

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Matthew Radomsky (Winnipeg, MB/Steinbach, MJHL) finished with 19 saves in his first action of the tournament.

West held a 14-7 advantage in shots on goal in the first period, but it was East that opened the scoring; Riley McCutcheon (Courtice, ON/Cobourg, OJHL) broke in off the right wing and snapped a shot that beat Radomsky to the far side late in the opening frame.

It was all West after that, starting with a dominant second period.

Bast finally solved East goaltender Liam Soulière (Amos, QC/Brockville, CCHL) early in the middle frame, letting go a quick one-timer that found room along the ice for a power-play goal.

Massimo Rizzo of Burnaby battles for possession.


Wong gave West the lead for good just shy of the nine-minute mark, finishing off a gorgeous tic-tac-toe passing play with Alex Newhook (St. John’s, NL/Victoria, BCHL) and Dylan Holloway (Bragg Creek, AB/Okotoks, AJHL), and he jumped on a bouncing puck in the slot less than five minutes later to make it 3-1.



Blaisdell capped the offensive outburst at 16:32 on another man advantage, redirecting a T.J. Lloyd (Lloydminster, AB/Spruce Grove, AJHL) shot past Soulière to send West to dressing room with a three-goal lead after 40 minutes.

It was 5-1 after Blaisdell followed up a Massimo Rizzo (Burnaby, B.C./Penticton, BCHL) breakaway to tap in a pass from Ethan Leyh (Port Moody, B.C./Langley, BCHL) four minutes into the third period, and Leyh went five-hole on Soulière with eight minutes left to finish the scoring.

Final shots on goal favoured West, 48-20.

Both teams see the ice at R.J. Lalonde Arena next on Wednesday. East is up first, taking on the United States (2 p.m. MT), before West faces Russia in a battle of unbeaten teams (7 p.m. MT).




# Forwards
10 Reilly Funk L 6’3 190 12/23/00 Portage la Prairie, MB Portage (MJHL)
11 Alexander Campbell L 5’11 155 2/27/01 Châteauguay, QC Victoria (BCHL)
12 Mathieu Gosselin R 5’9 160 5/18/99 Quebec City, QC Merritt (BCHL)
15 Dylan Holloway L 6’1 192 9/23/01 Bragg Creek, AB Okotoks (AJHL)
16 Harrison Blaisdell L 5’11 173 3/18/01 Abbotsford, BC Chilliwack (BCHL)
17 Riley Hughes R 6’1 180 6/27/00 Westwood, MA Victoria (BCHL)
18 Massimo Rizzo L 5’10 180 6/13/01 Burnaby, BC Penticton (BCHL)
19 Austin Wong R 5’11 196 10/26/00 Cochrane, AB Okotoks (AJHL)
20 David Silye R 5’11 184 3/2/99 Arnprior, ON Penticton (BCHL)
21 Ethan Leyh L 6’0 187 1/28/01 Port Moody, BC Langley (BCHL)
22 Alex Newhook L 5’11 190 1/28/01 St. John’s, N.L. Victoria (BCHL)
23 Matt Osadick L 5’11 180 2/8/00 Grande Pointe, MB Swan Valley (MJHL)
24 Alex Swetlikoff L 6’3 190 7/6/01 Kelowna, BC Vernon (BCHL)



Layton Ahac, 17, of North Vancouver, one of three BC defencemen selected for Canada West..



2 Jérémie Bucheler R 6’4 205 3/31/00 Saint-Laurent, QC Victoria (BCHL)
3 Mason Snell L 6’0 195 6/18/00 Clarington, ON Penticton (BCHL)
4 Jack Judson R 6’0 175 2/26/00 White Rock, BC Vernon (BCHL)
5 Luke Bast L 5’9 170 11/20/00 Red Deer, AB Brooks (AJHL)
6 Carter Berger L 6’1 200 9/17/99 North Vancouver, BC Victoria (BCHL)
7 T.J. Lloyd R 5’8 179 11/15/99 Lloydminster, AB Spruce Grove (AJHL)
8 Layton Ahac L 6’3 195 2/22/01 North Vancouver, BC Prince George (BCHL)




Matthew Davis, 17, of Calgary, currently playing with the AJHL Spruce Grove Saints – played for the Edge School (Calgary) in the CSSHL last year.



1 Matthew Davis R 5’11 173 6/16/01 Calgary, AB Spruce Grove (AJHL)
31 Matthew Radomsky L 6’2 185 6/21/99 Winnipeg, MB Steinbach (MJHL)