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.
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.
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.
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).
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|