TIMMINS, Ont. – He may have been the back-up when the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge began, but Tyson Teichmann appears to have taken a firm grasp on Ontario’s No. 1 job.
Teichmann made 22 saves for his second-consecutive shutout, lowering his goals against average to a miniscule 0.38, as Ontario blanked Sweden 5-0 on Friday night. Since replacing Chris Festarini after one period of Ontario’s tournament-opening 5-3 loss to Finland, Teichmann has allowed just one goal in 160 minutes of action.
Daniel Catenacci and Lucas Lessio had a goal and an assist each for Ontario (2-1), which got goals from five different players and points from 11 in getting back into the race for one of the top two spots in Group A and a spot in the semifinals.
Leading 1-0 after 20 minutes on Barclay Goodrow’s power play goal, Ontario pushed that lead to four after two on goals from Lessio, Zack Mitchell and Matthew Puempel, the last two of which also came with the man advantage. Catenacci rounded out the scoring with a spectacular shorthanded effort in the third period.
Marcus Due-Boje made 26 saves between the pipes for Sweden (2-1) in his first appearance of the tournament. A win for the Swedes would have assured them a semifinal spot in their return to the U17s after a 13-year absence.
COCHRANE, Ont. – Take another team out of the running for a semifinal spot at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Just hours after Finland and Atlantic had their gold medal dreams dashed, the Czech Republic joined them on the outside looking in after a 3-0 loss to Pacific on Friday night. The defeat means that the Czechs will not play in Sunday’s semifinals, regardless of the result of their preliminary round finale against Russia on Saturday.
Liam Liston made 13 saves to record his first win, and first shutout, of the tournament for Pacific, which got goals from Myles Bell, Colin Smith and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the victory. With the U.S. already slotted into the semis thanks to its 3-0 start, it will come down to Pacific (2-1) or Russia for the other berth.
Bell’s power play goal just past the midway point of the first period, his third man-advantage goal of the tournament, stood up as the game-winner, and was the game’s only goal until Smith and Nugent-Hopkins tallied for the Canadian side 61 seconds apart in the dying minutes.
The Czechs (0-0-1-2) suffered a serious blow to their semifinal chances on Thursday, when they dropped an overtime decision to Atlantic despite holding leads of 3-1 and 4-3. They will play in a placement game on Sunday in either Timmins or Iroquois Falls.
COCHRANE, Ont. – The Cinderella run is over for Finland at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
After shocking Ontario in their tournament opener on Tuesday night, the Finns dropped their third in a row on Friday, falling 8-4 to West at the Tim Horton Events Centre. The loss means Finland (1-3) will not advance to the semifinals for the first time since it won silver in 1995.
West was led by Todd Fiddler, Michael St. Croix and Wilson Dumais, who combined to score three times in two minutes early in the first period and finished with two goals each, and by its defence, which allowed just 16 shots on goaltender Tyler Oswald.
Jordan Fransoo and Austin Lewis also made the scoresheet, with J.C. Lipon pitching in with three assists for West (1-2), which stayed alive in the tight Group A. The Canadian side finishes up against Ontario on Saturday night in Timmins, in a game that could decide a semifinal spot.
Rasmus Ristolainen, Joel Armia, Heikki Liedes and Aleksi Rekonen all found the back of the net for the Finns, who trailed 3-1 after one period and 7-2 after two. They will await the results of the other Group A games before finding out where and when they will place in Sunday’s placement games.
TIMMINS, Ont. – In the end, one great period just wasn’t enough for Atlantic to keep its semifinal hopes alive at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Brent Andrews scored twice and added an assist as the Canadian side outshot Russia 16-7 in the first period and led 3-1, but the Russians scored five unanswered goals over the final 40 minutes to score a 6-3 on Friday afternoon and officially eliminate Atlantic from gold medal contention.
Mikhail Grigorenko led the charge for Russia (2-1), racking up two goals and two assists in the all-important third period as the European side turned a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead in the span of 6:51 in the final frame.
In addition to Grigorenko’s pair, Russia got goals from Alexander Khokhlachev, Andrey Sigarev, Egor Omelyanenko and Albert Yarullin. The win sets up a crucial game against the Czech Republic on Saturday in Kirkland Lake, which could decide Group B’s second semifinalist, depending on the outcome of Friday night’s Czech-Pacific game in Cochrane.
Bryce Milson scored the other goal for Atlantic, which finished the preliminary round at 0-1-0-3 and will play in either the 9th-place game in Timmins or 7th-place game in Iroquois Falls on Sunday.
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