WHL players impress to close out round-robin play at 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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Canada’s strong performance at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge continued Monday and Tuesday as round-robin play wrapped up at the tournament.

Now occupying the top two spots in Group A and second place in Group B, Canada Red, Canada White, and Canada Black are well-positioned for a run at the medals.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Czech Republic 2 Canada Black 3 (OT)

After suffering an overtime defeat in their tournament-opening game, Canada Black bounced back with an overtime win of their own, downing the Czech Republic 3-2.

Garin Bjorklund (Medicine Hat Tigers) made his first start of the tournament, stopping 22 of 24 shots for the victory as Canada scored 4:10 into the overtime period.

Sweden 3 Canada Red 4 (OT)

Another overtime battle saw Canada Red earn their first win of the tournament in a 4-3 decision against Sweden.

Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders) earned a primary assist on Canada’s opening goal of the game in the first. With the game sent into extra time, Seth Jarvis (Portland Winterhawks) drew a primary assist on William Dufour’s overtime goal.

Canada White 5 United States 2

Of the three Canadian teams to play Monday, Canada White were the lone ones not to require overtime, defeating the United States by a 5-2 score.

Connor McClennon (Kootenay ICE) continued his strong tournament, recording five points (3G-2A) in the victory. Sebastian Cossa (Edmonton Oil Kings) stopped 28 of 30 shots in the victory.

Captain Jake Neighbours (Edmonton Oil Kings) scored Canada’s opening goal of the game, with an assist earned by McClennon. McClennon assisted on the next goal for Canada, then scored the final three for his side.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The final day of round-robin action at the tournament saw Canada capture three more victories.

United States 4 Canada Black 5

Kyle Crnkovic (Saskatoon Blades) potted a goal and an assist for the multi-point effort in the win against Canada’s neighbours to the south.

Down 2-0 after 20 minutes, Canada roared back with four goals in the second, then held off the comeback attempt in the third period.

Crnkovic put Canada on the board in the second while Ozzy Wiesblatt (Prince Albert Raiders) scored minutes later to even up the game. Wiesblatt’s goal came courtesy of Jack Finley (Spokane Chiefs) and Crnkovic. After Canada made it 3-2, their 4-2 goal featured an assist from Aidan de la Gorgendiere (Saskatoon Blades).

Finland 3 Canada Red 4 (OT) 

Canada Red ended their round-robin in style with an overtime victory against Finland thanks to the heroics of Seth Jarvis (Portland Winterhawks)

Dylan Garand (Kamloops Blazers) stopped 43 of 46 shots in the victory while Jarvis had a multi-point game.

Down 1-0 after 20 minutes, Canada came back into the game with a three-goal third period. Jarvis assisted on the first goal, and was followed minutes later by Justin Sourdif (Vancouver Giants), who scored Canada’s second goal of the contest.

Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders) picked up an assist on Canada’s third goal of the period. After Finland came back in the game, Jarvis ended things with 10 seconds left in the extra period.

Czech Republic 1 Canada White 5 

Connor McClennon scored two more goals as part of a four-goal second period for Canada White in a 5-1 win to wrap up the round robin portion of their tournament Tuesday.

Captain Jake Neighbours picked up an assist in the contest on Canada’s third goal of the period.

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