World U17 Underway in NB

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November 4, 2018

Three Canadian team rosters – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White – are competing at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, which got underway Saturday, and runs through next Saturday, November 10 in Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B.

The Canadian teams are matching up against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States as they compete for a gold medal.

Seven BC-based players will see action on two of the teams, four from the Lower Mainland, two from the Island and one from the Interior.

Team Red has four BC players – three forwards: Payton Mount (Victoria), Justin Sourdiff (Surrey), Cole Shepard (West Vancouver) and goaltender Dylan Garand (Victoria).

Team Black has three: forward Jack Finley (Kelowna) and  two defensemen – Aiden de la Gorgendiere (Langley) and Ryan Helliwell (Burnaby).

Team White has no BC players.

All three Canadian teams have now played their first game.

In Game 1, which was played over 17 hours, Team Red fell to Russia, 4-2.

In Game 2, Canada White downed Canada Black 5-4 in OT.



Canada Game 1: Russia 4 – Canada Red 2

Jason La Rose

QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – Team Red opened their series vs Russia on Saturday night, eventually losing 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.

The Russians led by a goal with less than eight minutes to go Saturday night when a wind storm knocked out power to the qplex, suspending the game overnight.

The delay quashed any momentum the Canadians had; after falling behind 2-0 after one period, Red outshot Russia 23-6 over the final 33 minutes before the lights went out.

Vasili Ponomaryov got the scoring started just shy of the 11-minute mark of the opening frame, burying a quick shot from the slot, and Pavel Tyutnev squeezed a shot past Red goaltender Dylan Garand (Victoria, B.C./Kamloops, WHL) only 33 seconds after that to double the advantage and quiet the standing-room only crowd at the qplex.

The Canadians carried the play in the second period, outshooting Russia 17-4, but Rychkov beat Garand for the 3-0 goal midway through stanza.

Seth Jarvis (Winnipeg, Man./Portland, WHL) finally got the Canadians on the board with just over four minutes left, chipping a second chance over Russian netminder Yaroslav Askarov to make it a 3-1 game after 40 minutes.

Jarvis was in on the 3-2 goal as well, forcing a turnover in the offensive zone and setting up Payton Mount (Victoria, B.C./Seattle, WHL) to cut the deficit to just one early in the third period.

But Red couldn’t produce the game-tying goal before the game was suspended Saturday, and Khusnutdinov hit the empty net once play resumed Sunday to provide the insurance marker.

The Russians get back to action Monday afternoon, taking on Finland (12 p.m. AT), while Canada Red faces Sweden in the night-cap (7 p.m. AT).



Canada Game 2: Canada Black 4 – Canada White 5 (OT)

Jason La Rose

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Connor McClennon (Wainwright, Alta./Kootenay, WHL) needed just 35 seconds of overtime to be the hero, giving Canada White a 5-4 extra-time win over Canada Black in a thriller Sunday at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

McClennon picked up a loose puck at the offensive blue-line and cut towards the middle of the ice before going back across his body and beating Black goaltender Joe Vrbetic (Dunvegan, Ont./Powassan, NOJHL) low to the stick side.

The game went back and forth from the first drop of the puck, with White holding 1-0 and 2-1 advantages before Black went ahead 3-2 and 4-3.

It’s the fourth time in five all-time meetings White has beaten its Canadian rivals.

Cole Perfetti (Whitby, Ont./Saginaw, OHL) was the offensive leader for White, scoring once and adding three assists, while Jérémie Poirier (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que./Saint John, QMJHL) – one of four Saint John Sea Dogs on the Canadian rosters – had a pair of goals.

Poirier was first onto the scoresheet, sneaking in to the back door and tapping in a feed from Perfetti, but Quinton Byfield (Newmarket, Ont./Sudbury, OHL) got Black even with a shorthanded goal just over two minutes later, knocking in a saucer pass from Daemon Hunt (Brandon, Man,/Moose Jaw, WHL) to make it 1-1.

Perfetti restored the White lead late in the opening frame, racing down the right wing and snapping a quick shot to the far side on Vrbetic.

Black took its first lead with a pair of early goals in the second period. Will Cuylle (Toronto, Ont./Windsor, OHL) tied the game at 1:12, scoring from in close, before Josh Lawrence (Fredericton, N.B./Saint John, QMJHL) finished a tic-tac-toe set-up from Ryan O’Rourke (Pickering, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) and James Hardie (Innisfil, Ont./Mississauga, OHL) for a 3-2 advantage at 2:58.

Poirier got the game back on even terms nine minutes into the middle frame, tapping in another pass from Perfetti to send the teams to the intermission even at 3-3.

Spencer Smith (St. Catharines, Ont./Buffalo, OJHL) gave Black another lead just 3:29 into the third period, but Théo Rochette (Donnacona, Que./Chicoutimi, QMJHL) went off the post, off Vrbetic and in four minutes after that to make it 4-4 and eventually force the extra period.

White netminder Tristan Lennox (Cambridge, Ont./Brantford, OJHL) was the story of the final frame, making 13 of his 27 saves to help get the game to overtime.

Canada White returns to the ice at Harbour Station on Monday night when it takes on the United States (7:30 p.m. AT), while Canada Black looks to bounce back earlier in the day against the Czech Republic (3:30 p.m. AT).




Canada Red





Canada Black




Canada White


No BC representation – all five Westerners on Team Black are from Alberta.