Michael Bartlett scored the winner early in the third period as the defending champion United States opened the world under-17 hockey challenge with a 5-4 victory Saturday over the Czech Republic. Western Canada joined the U.S. atop Pool A with a 9-0 victory over Germany. Ryan Getzlaf scored two goals and assisted on another to pace Western Canada past Germany. Chad Klassen, Jesse Fischer, Stefan Meyer, Mark Olafson, Nigel Dawes, Josh Froese and Stewart Thiessen also scored. Rejean Beauchemin got the shutout as Western Canada outshot Germany 50-23.
Also in Pool A is Quebec.
Ontario opened Pool B play with a 13-1 romp over Atlantic Canada, and Pacific Canada defeated Finland 7-1. Nate Horton scored three goals and Jeff Carter, Jamie Tardif and Luch Aquino added two each in Ontario’s rout of Atlantic Canada. Brad Richardson, Anthony Stewart and Dylan Hunter also scored. Andrew Gordon had Atlantic Canada’s lone goal late in the first period as Ontario held a 50-20 advantage in shots. David Brown got the win in goal for Ontario.
Mitch Bartley scored two goals and assisted on another to lead Pacific Canada past Finland. Tyler Czuba, Marc Connors, Colin Fraser, Cam Cunning and Ryan Stone also scored. Kim Nabb had the lone goal for Finland, midway through the second period, making the score 3-1. Also in Pool B is Russia.
Five Canadian regional teams, along with the U.S., Czech Republic, Germany, Finland and Russia are competing in the annual tournament. The 5 Canadian teams are divided in 5 different regional teams and they take on a full fledged European and US Read more »