SAINT JOHN – It was an impressive day for Team Canada all across the board on Monday at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, winning all three games.
Two of the three matches were decided in overtime with Canada Red defeating Sweden 4-3 while Canada Black used the extra frame to gain a 3-2 victory over the Czech Republic. Monday’s other Canadian game Canada Black defeat the United States by a count of 5-2.
Canada Black picked up their first win of the tournament when Ryan O’Rourke scored the overtime winning goal at 4:10 of the overtime period. Sea Dogs forward Josh Lawrence picked up an assist on the game’s first tally scored by Jean-Luc Foudy. Lawrence saw an improvement in his amount of ice time, playing on the team’s top line and power play unit.
Jeremie Poirier, Charlie DesRoches and Canada White remained undefeated with their win over the United States. Connor McClennon picked up the hat trick along with an assist on his way to player of the game honours. Poirier picked up an assist on what would ultimately be the game winning goal for the Canadian side.
Canada Red, which features Sea Dogs defenseman William Villeneuve, earned its first win of the tournament, picking up an overtime victory over a talented Swedish squad 4-3, William Dufour of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies scored at 3:19 of the extra frame to secure the team’s first victory of the event.
Play continues today at both Harbour Station and the Quispamsis qplex. In Saint John, Canada Black takes on the United States at 3:30 p.m. followed by Canada White facing the Czech Republic at 7:30 p.m. In Quispamsis, Russia takes on Sweden at noon followed by Canada Red facing Finland at 7 p.m.
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