December 12. 2017
Truro, Nova Scotia
Canada West fell to the USA 2-1 today, on a goal by Clayton Phillips with just 32 seconds left to play, to fall to 0-2 in the first round of the World Junior A Challenge.
Canada West will now face Canada East, who are 1-1, in an elimination game Wednesday.
In the game Tuesday afternoon, the USA opened the scoring on a goal by Cole Guttman, at the 3:02 mark of the second period. The goal was answered 35 seconds later by Ross Armour on a set up from Angus Crookshank.
Shots were 19-17 Canada after the first two periods.
After an evenly played third, it looked like the game was going to overtime, until the US capitalized on a turn over on a clearing attempt, and took the puck to the net. Zach Rose appeared to have the puck covered, on the initial shot, but Duggan was persistent and knocked it in from the left post.
Canada managed to get the puck deep off the centre ice face off and came close to tying it up.
Angus Crookshank, of North Vancouver, was named player of the game for Canada, while USA tender, Jack Kucharski took the honors for the Americans.
Both teams came into the game after falling in their opener to the Czechs. The Canadians lost 5-2 on December 10; the USA lost 4-2 December 12.
Canada East finished second in group A with 1-1 record, losing to Russia 5-1 in their opener Sunday and then downing Switzerland 4-3 Tuesday afternoon.
Russia and Czech are in first place of the two pools, with 2-0 records, and will face the winners of the two quarter-final games.
USA will face Switzerland in the other semi.
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)|