LASALLE, Ont. – Tristan Jarry (Delta, B.C./Edmonton, WHL) stopped all 34 shots he faced for the shutout as Pacific remained unbeaten at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 4-0 win over the Czech Republic on Friday night.
Pacific opened 2-0 for the second year in a row, beating the same two teams it beat in its 2011 start – West and the Czech Republic. It began last year’s tournament with three straight wins before eventually settling for the bronze medal.
Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, B.C./Kootenay, WHL) scored twice for Pacific for the second night in a row, giving him the tournament goal-scoring lead with four, and leaving him tied with Quebec’s Jonathan Drouin and Ontario’s Max Domi atop the tournament scoring list. Kyle Burroughs (Langley, B.C./Regina, WHL) and Curtis Lazar (Vernon, B.C./Edmonton, WHL) also had goals for Pacific, which scored twice on the power play and once just seconds after a man advantage had expired.
Burroughs added an assist to his goal for a two-point outing, while Greg Chase (Sherwood Park, Alta./Calgary, WHL) chipped in with two helpers.
Pacific will go for a 3-0 start on Saturday afternoon when it meets Russia in LaSalle (2 p.m. ET), while the Czechs go for win No. 1 against West in Tecumseh on Saturday night in the final game of 2011 (7 p.m. ET).
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