2019 World Junior A Challenge

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2019 World Junior A Challenge
Game #8
Preliminary
Final (OT)
December 12, 2019 7:00 pm MST
Encana Events Centre
Dawson Creek, B.C.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
OT
Final
1
2
3
OT
F
8
11
7
0
26
13
11
3
0
27

Statistics

PP
PIM
1 / 3
8
0 / 3
43

Game Story

CZECHS BEAT WEST, CLUNCH SEMIFINAL SPOT

JASON LA ROSE

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Matej Morong scored two of the four Czech Republic goals in the first 13 minutes, and the Czechs held off a wild Canada West comeback attempt to earn a 4-3 win Thursday and a semifinal spot at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge.

The victory completes the playoff puzzle – the Czechs will join the United States, Russia and Canada East in the final four, while Canada West will be the team on the outside looking in.

Morong finished with three points for the European side, which got 23 saves from Jan Skorpik.

The opening 40 minutes were a tale of two periods, with each team dominating a frame.

The Czechs owned the first, chasing Matthew Davis (Calgary, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL) – who posted a shutout in a 1-0 win over Russia on Wednesday – before the midway mark of the period.

Filip Prikryl needed just 2:29 to start the scoring, tapping in a rebound after a David Jindra shot bounced off a Canadian defenceman and then Davis in front of the net.

Morong got his first at 6:48, beating Davis under the arm, and Daniel Poizl floated a point shot through a maze of bodies and past Davis at 9:34 to end the West netminder’s night after just eight shots.

Morong welcomed Carter Gylander (Beaumont, Alta./Sherwood Park, AJHL) with the 4-0 goal at 12:27, rifling a one-timer over the glove.

The story was much different in the second period for Canada West, which struck for three goals in six-and-a-half minutes to turn a runaway into a nail-biter.

Kyle Johnson (Port Moody, B.C./Trail, BCHL) finally got the Canadians on the board at 12:22, finding space behind the Czech defence and going five-hole on the backhand to beat Skorpik, and he found Philippe Lapointe (Hinsdale, Ill./Trail, BCHL) alone at the side of the net for a power-play goal less than two minutes later.

Carter Savoie (St. Albert, Alta./Sherwood Park, AJHL) made it a one-goal game late in the second stanza, sneaking a low shot past Skorpik to give the Canadians all the momentum heading to the third.

But they could not find the tying goal despite dominating puck possession in the final 20 minutes – including a pair of power plays in the last 10 – and will miss out on the semifinals for just the third time in the 14-year history of the tournament.

The Czechs, who sit second in the standings with one day of prelim play to go, wrap up their round-robin schedule against Canada East on Friday night (7 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Filip Prikryl

Assists: David Jindra, Simon Jelinek
02:29
GOAL
Goal: Matej Morong

Assists: Jakub Rychlovsky, Tomas Bernat
06:48
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Carter Gylander

09:34
GOAL
Goal: Daniel Poizl

Assists: Matej Morong, Jakub Cernohorsky
09:34
GOAL
Goal: Matej Morong

Assists: Petr Poppel, Tomas Bernat
12:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Owen Ozar
Delay of Game (2:00)
18:18
PENALTY
Penalty: Ethan Lund
Cross-Checking (2:00)
19:55
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Xavier Henry
Tripping (2:00)
00:17
PENALTY
Penalty: Simon Jelinek
Hooking (2:00)
06:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Daniel Kowalczyk
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
12:22
GOAL
Goal: Kent Johnson

Assists: Philippe Lapointe, Luke Mylymok
12:22
PENALTY
Penalty: Jakub Cernohorsky
Cross-Checking (2:00)
13:46
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Philippe Lapointe

Assists: Kent Johnson, Massimo Rizzo
14:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Owen Ozar
Roughing (2:00)
17:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Daniel Poizl
Roughing (2:00)
17:13
GOAL
Goal: Carter Savoie

Assists: Brendan Budy, Massimo Rizzo
18:51
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Daniel Poizl
High-Sticking (2:00)
11:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Ondrej Psenicka (Served by Tomas Bernat)
Hit to the Head - Major (5:00)
19:05
PENALTY
Penalty: Ondrej Psenicka
Game Misconduct - Misconduct (20:00)
19:05

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Carter Gylander CAN-W 48 19 18 1 0.947
Matthew Davis CAN-W 9 8 5 3 0.625
Jan Skorpik CZE 60 26 23 3 0.885

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

3 - 4 L @ Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 13, 2019
1 - 2 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 15, 2019
1 - 0 W vs. RussiaRUS
Dec 12, 2019
1 - 5 L vs. RussiaRUS
Dec 15, 2019
1 - 5 L @ Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 9, 2019
6 - 4 W vs. Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 14, 2019
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.