Imoo’s Incredible Adventure: From the POE to the Japanese Olympic team, and back again
Simply the Best: Vernon at Canada’s National Junior A Championship
Sid’s younger sister Taylor one of fifteen goalies at National Women’s Program goaltending camp
Canada West 4 - Czech Republic 1
LOIK SCORES TWICE TO LEAD CANADA WEST TO SEMIFINAL BERTH
LANGLEY, B.C. – Curtis Loik (North Vancouver, B.C./Penticton, BCHL) scored twice, including the game-winning goal midway through the second period, to help Canada West post its first win of the 2011 World Junior A Challenge on Thursday night, beating the Czech Republic 4-1 in quarter-final action.
The victory moves Canada West into Friday’s late semifinal (7:30 p.m. PT) against Sweden, which has been off since blanking the Canadians 2-0 in its final preliminary round game on Tuesday.
Loik got the scoring started for Canada West late in the first period, batting a rebound past Patrik Polivka, and made it 2-0 eight minutes into the second, using quick hands to slip the puck around a poke-checking Polivka.
Luke Juha (Mississauga, Ont./Vernon, BCHL), with Canada West’s first power play goal in 20 opportunities, and Travis St. Denis (Trail, B.C./Penticton, BCHL), on a shorthanded penalty shot in the closing minutes, scored the other Canadian goals, while Sean Maguire (Powell River, B.C./Powell River, BCHL) made 20 saves for the win between the pipes.
Radim Matus scored the lone goal for the Czechs, who will take on Russia in Saturday’s fifth-place game (noon PT) to close out their debut year.
|Arena||Langley Events Centre||City, Country||Langley, B.C.|
|Month / Day / Year||11/10/2011||Time||07:30 PM PT|
|Canada West (CAN W)||1||1||2||4|
|Czech Republic (CZE)||0||1||0||1|
18:29 CAN W 24 Curtis Loik (16 Brandon Morley, 3 Luke Juha)
07:51 CAN W 24 Curtis Loik (19 Wesley Myron, 4 Sam Jardine )
19:32 CZE 17 Radim Matus (16 Petr Koblasa, 22 Dominik Simon)
12:51 CAN W 3 Luke Juha (4 Sam Jardine , 26 Travis St. Denis) PP
16:30 CAN W 26 Travis St. Denis SH PS
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Canada West||24 Curtis Loik|
|Czech Republic||16 Petr Koblasa|
|Referee||Todd Thomander, Jonathan Trudel|
For more information:
Riley Wiwchar Manager, Events & Marketing | Responsable, événements