Ontario 5 - United States 3
MONAHAN SCORES TWICE, INCLUDING WINNER, AS ONTARIO CLAIMS U17 GOLD
WINNIPEG, Man. – The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge gold medal is going back to Ontario.
Sean Monahan scored twice, including the game winner with 12:47 to go, as Ontario regained its U17 goldmedal with a 5-3 win over the United States on Tuesday night in front of an announced attendance of 12,060 atthe MTS Centre, the largest crowd ever to see a game at the tournament.
The old record was 8,889, set at the gold medal game of the 2008 event in London, Ont.
Ontario won gold for the third time in four years, and avenged its 2-1 gold medal game loss to the U.S.last year in Timmins, Ont.
After scoring just twice in Monday’s night’s semifinal victory over Quebec, Ontario jumped on theAmericans for three goals in the first 13 minutes, chasing U.S. goaltender Collin Olson after Brendan Gauncemade it 3-1.
But the U.S., who had trailed for a grand total of just 5:16 in its first five games, clawed back, withgoals from Miles Koules and Patrick Sieloff bringing the defending champions back to even 67 seconds into thethird period.
That set the stage for Monahan, who scored both goals in the semifinal, including the overtime winner.
Monahan took a pass from Gianluca Curcuruto, out waited an American defenceman and rifled a shot over theshoulder of Jared Rutledge so hard it took the top off the water bottle on top of the net, reigniting thepro-Canadian crowd.
But while it was Monahan who led the offence, it was Mathew Campagna who stole the show.
After Garrett Wilson was injured when he was pulled down on a breakaway, Campagna stepped up and took thepenalty shot, with more than 12,000 standing and cheering before he even touched the puck.
Unfazed by the noise, Campagna swung wide to the right, cut to the net and, after getting Rutledge movingthe wrong way, tucked the puck around the American goaltender with one hand – reminiscent of Peter Forsberg’sfamous Stamp goal in the 1994 Olympic Winter Games.
That goal was more than enough for Ontario, which ran out the remaining four minutes to clinch its eighthgold medal at the tournament.
|Game Number||27||Round||Gold Medal|
|Arena||MTS Centre||City, Country||Winnipeg, Man.|
|Month / Day / Year||01/04/2011||Time||07:30 PM CT|
|United States (USA)||1||1||1||3|
04:39 ONT 18 Kerby Rychel (6 Alex Gudbranson)
09:06 USA 41 Quentin Shore (32 Stefan Matteau, 31 Collin Olson)
09:34 ONT 17 Sean Monahan (18 Kerby Rychel, 19 Robert Polesello)
12:48 ONT 10 Brendan Gaunce (9 Matia Marcantuoni, 11 Scott Laughton)
10:54 USA 57 Miles Koules (48 Brady Skjei)
01:07 USA 53 Patrick Sieloff SH
07:13 ONT 17 Sean Monahan (4 Gianluca Curcuruto , 2 Slater Koekkoek )
15:58 ONT 15 Mathew Campagna PS
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Ontario||18 Kerby Rychel|
|United States||55 Seth Jones|
|Lines People||Guillaume Labonté, Michael Harrington|
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