McClennon, WHLers shine in opening weekend of 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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The first weekend of play at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge saw Western Hockey League players make their mark early on at the tournament.

Sunday’s action featured the first all-Canadian matchup of the tournament as Canada White downed Canada Black 5-4 in overtime, thanks to a goal by Connor McClennon (Kootenay ICE) 35 seconds into the overtime period.

McClennon added an assist on the game-tying goal for Canada White, while captain Jake Neighbours (Edmonton Oil Kings) picked up an assist in the contest. For Canada Black, Daemon Hunt (Moose Jaw Warriors) picked up an assist in the contest.

Saturday’s action saw Canada Red in action as they dropped a 4-2 result to Russia. Seth Jarvis (Portland Winterhawks) and Payton Mount (Seattle Thunderbirds) scored for Canada Red while Ridly Greig (Brandon Wheat Kings) picked up an assist and Jarvis earned the multi-point performance with an assist on Mount’s goal.

Dylan Garand (Kamloops Blazers) stopped 15 of 18 shots in the loss.

Action continues Monday with Canada Black facing the Czech Republic, Canada Red taking on Sweden, and Canada White battling the United States.

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