2018 World Junior A Challenge

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2018 World Junior A Challenge
Game #4
Preliminary
Final
December 10, 2018 7:00 pm MST
R.J. Lalonde Arena
Bonnyville, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
0
0
1
0
4
2
6

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
7
5
8
20
14
20
14
48

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 3
12
2 / 6
6

Game Story

BIG SECOND PERIOD SENDS WEST PAST EAST IN ALL-CANADIAN SHOWDOWN

JASON LA ROSE

BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Austin Wong (Cochrane, Alta./Okotoks, AJHL) and Harrison Blaisdell (Abbotsford, B.C./Chilliwack, BCHL) scored two goals apiece, and Canada West used a four-goal second period to earn a 6-1 win over Canada East on Monday night at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge.

The game marked the first ever all-Canadian match-up in the preliminary round; West continues to own the head-to-head series, improving to 8-1 against its eastern rivals.

Blaisdell added an assist for a three-point performance, while Luke Bast (Red Deer, Alta./Brooks, AJHL) chipped in with a goal and a helper.

Matthew Radomsky (Winnipeg, Man./Steinbach, MJHL) finished with 19 saves in his first action of the tournament.

West held a 14-7 advantage in shots on goal in the first period, but it was East that opened the scoring; Riley McCutcheon (Courtice, Ont./Cobourg, OJHL) broke in off the right wing and snapped a shot that beat Radomsky to the far side late in the opening frame.

It was all West after that, starting with a dominant second period.

Bast finally solved East goaltender Liam Soulière (Amos, Que./Brockville, CCHL) early in the middle frame, letting go a quick one-timer that found room along the ice for a power-play goal.

Wong gave West the lead for good just shy of the nine-minute mark, finishing off a gorgeous tic-tac-toe passing play with Alex Newhook (St. John’s, N.L./Victoria, BCHL) and Dylan Holloway (Bragg Creek, Alta./Okotoks, AJHL), and he jumped on a bouncing puck in the slot less than five minutes later to make it 3-1.

Blaisdell capped the offensive outburst at 16:32 on another man advantage, redirecting a T.J. Lloyd (Lloydminster, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL) shot past Soulière to send West to dressing room with a three-goal lead after 40 minutes.

It was 5-1 after Blaisdell followed up a Massimo Rizzo (Burnaby, B.C./Penticton, BCHL) breakaway to tap in a pass from Ethan Leyh (Port Moody, B.C./Langley, BCHL) four minutes into the third period, and Leyh went five-hole on Soulière with eight minutes left to finish the scoring.

Final shots on goal favoured West, 48-20.

Both teams see the ice at R.J. Lalonde Arena next on Wednesday. East is up first, taking on the United States (2 p.m. MT), before West faces Russia in a battle of unbeaten teams (7 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Ryan Richardson
Tripping (2:00)
03:16
PENALTY
Penalty: Philippe-Olivier Riopel
Hooking (2:00)
06:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Mathieu Gosselin
Interference (2:00)
06:39
GOAL
Goal: Riley McCutcheon

Assists: John Beaton, Cade Townend
15:55
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Eastan Eckert
Tripping (2:00)
00:44
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Luke Bast

Assists: Carter Berger
01:49
GOAL
Goal: Austin Wong

Assists: Alex Newhook, Dylan Holloway
08:43
GOAL
Goal: Austin Wong

Assists: Mathieu Gosselin, Dylan Holloway
13:28
PENALTY
Penalty: Ryan Richardson
Slashing (2:00)
15:36
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Harrison Blaisdell

Assists: T.J. Lloyd, Luke Bast
16:32
PENALTY
Penalty: Massimo Rizzo
Slashing (2:00)
17:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Jamie Engelbert
Interference (2:00)
19:44
PENALTY
Penalty: Harrison Blaisdell
Slashing (2:00)
19:44
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Harrison Blaisdell

Assists: Ethan Leyh, Massimo Rizzo
03:50
PENALTY
Penalty: Riley McCutcheon
Tripping (2:00)
09:07
GOAL
Goal: Ethan Leyh

Assists: Harrison Blaisdell
11:59

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Liam Soulière CAN-E 60 48 42 6 0.875
Matthew Radomsky CAN-W 60 20 19 1 0.950

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2

Previous Games

2 - 4 L vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 14, 2018
3 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 16, 2018
3 - 7 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 12, 2018
2 - 3 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 15, 2018
1 - 6 L @ Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 10, 2018
4 - 5 L @ Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 13, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 WJAC: CAN-W 3 – CZE 1 (Bronze)
Holloway scored twice to lead the Canadians to the bronze medal.
2018 WJAC: USA 2 – RUS 0 (Gold)
Saville made 25 saves to backstop the U.S. to its eighth WJAC gold.
2018 WJAC: RUS 4 – CZE 1 (Semifinal)
Nikolaev and Gutik scored PPGs in the third to help Russia advance.
2018 WJAC: USA 3 – CAN-W 2 OT (Semifinal)
Ness ended it in overtime to send the Americans to play for gold.