2018 World Junior A Challenge

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2018 World Junior A Challenge
Game #6
Preliminary
Final
December 12, 2018 2:00 pm MST
R.J. Lalonde Arena
Bonnyville, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
3
0
0
3
3
3
1
7

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
8
6
6
20
12
14
13
39

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 5
20
4 / 9
10

Game Story

U.S. USES SPECIAL TEAMS TO DOWN EAST, CLINCH SEMIFINAL SPOT

JASON LA ROSE

BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Cal Kiefiuk and Robert Mastrosimone scored two goals apiece, and the United States survived a slow start and a wild first period to earn a 7-3 win over Canada East on Wednesday afternoon at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge.

The win confirms a semifinal spot for the U.S., which scored four times on the power play – three of them with a two-man advantage – to beat the Canadians.

Bobby Brink finished with a goal and two assists, while Luke Johnson, Trevor Janicke and Matt Brown added two helpers each.

Despite the final score, the early minutes belonged to the Canadians, who struck twice before the U.S. recorded its first shot on goal.

John Beaton (Stittsville, Ont./Kemptville, CCHL) opened the scoring on the power play just 50 seconds in, burying a centering pass after hard work in the corner by Jamie Engelbert (Whitby, Ont./Cobourg, OJHL), and Derek Dicaire (Val-d’Or, Que./Valleyfield, LHJAAAQ) jumped on a loose puck in the slot to make it 2-0 at 3:05.

But the lead was short-lived. A pair of quick Canadian penalties put the U.S. on a five-on-three, and the Americans capitalized; Brink hammered a one-timer through East goaltender Jack Watson (Toronto, Ont./St. Michael’s, OJHL) to make it a one-goal game, and Mastrosimone tipped in a shot from Brink 75 seconds after that to tie the game.

Zac Jones jumped in off the blue-line to tuck a backhand past Watson and give the Americans their first lead at 12:36, but Riley McCutcheon (Courtice, Ont./Cobourg, OJHL) finished a two-on-one with Beaton just 1:03 later to send the game to the intermission tied 3-3.

Kiefiuk restored the lead with a two-man advantage at 7:54 of the second period, ripping a one-time past Watson, and he went hard to the net to finish a set-up from Janicke at 13:28 to stretch the lead to two.

Mastrosimone added another five-on-three goal before the end of the middle frame, redirecting a pretty pass from Brink into an open net to make it a 6-3 game after 40 minutes.

Shane Pinto capped the scoring early in the third period, toe-dragging to the middle of the ice before snapping a shot past Watson, who finished with 32 saves.

The Americans close out their preliminary-round schedule against Russia on Friday afternoon (2 p.m. MT), before East faces a must-win against the Czech Republic in the prelim finale (7 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Ronnie Attard
Elbowing (2:00)
00:34
GOAL
Goal: John Beaton (power play)

Assists: Jamie Engelbert
00:50
GOAL
Goal: Derek Dicaire

Assists: Philippe-Olivier Riopel, Spencer Kersten
03:05
PENALTY
Penalty: Yan-Cédric Gaudreault
Cross-Checking (2:00)
05:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Owen Cole
Slashing (2:00)
05:49
GOAL
Goal: Bobby Brink (power play)

Assists: Matt Brown, Luke Johnson
06:00
GOAL
Goal: Robert Mastrosimone (power play)

Assists: Bobby Brink, Matt Brown
07:15
PENALTY
Penalty: Ronnie Attard
Roughing (2:00)
08:20
GOAL
Goal: Zac Jones

Assists: Parker Ford
12:36
GOAL
Goal: Riley McCutcheon

Assists: John Beaton, Jamie Engelbert
13:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Travis Mitchell
Roughing (2:00)
18:26
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Cade Townend
Hooking (2:00)
06:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Dustyn McFaul
Cross-Checking (2:00)
07:25
GOAL
Goal: Cal Kiefiuk (power play)

Assists: Shane Pinto, Trevor Janicke
07:54
GOAL
Goal: Cal Kiefiuk

Assists: Trevor Janicke, Ronnie Attard
13:28
PENALTY
Penalty: Tyler McBay
Hooking (2:00)
16:23
PENALTY
Penalty: Adrien Bisson
Delay of Game (2:00)
17:00
GOAL
Goal: Robert Mastrosimone (power play)

Assists: Bobby Brink, Luke Johnson
17:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Thomas Caron
Holding (2:00)
18:59
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Shane Pinto

Assists: Josh Nodler
01:18
PENALTY
Penalty: Shane Pinto
Roughing (2:00)
10:33
PENALTY
Penalty: Spencer Kersten
High-Sticking (2:00)
14:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Ronnie Attard
Slashing (2:00)
16:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Jamie Engelbert
High-Sticking - Double Minor (4:00)
19:05

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Jack Watson CAN-E 60 39 32 7 0.821
Isaiah Saville USA 60 20 17 3 0.850

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

2 - 4 L vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 14, 2018
2 - 0 W @ RussiaRUS
Dec 16, 2018
3 - 7 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 12, 2018
3 - 2 W vs. Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 15, 2018
1 - 6 L @ Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 10, 2018
3 - 4 L @ RussiaRUS
Dec 14, 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.