The Preliminary Round-Robin of the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge wrapped up on Wednesday with four games including four Canadian teams in action:
Quebec 2 vs. Ontario 1
The host Team Quebec held on for a 2-1 win against Team Ontario advancing to Thursday’s Semi-Finals against Sweden after finishing second in the Group B standings.
Ontario finishes the Group B round-robin in third place with seven points and a 2-1-1 record. Ontario will play Team Pacific for fifth place Thursday afternoon at 1:30 pm.
Brett Hargrave (Sarnia Sting) opened the scoring for Ontario at 3:48 with Damian Bourne (Mississauga Steelheads) picking up the assist.
Carl Neill (Sherbrooke Phoenix) and Loïk Lévéille (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) scored power-play goals 96 seconds apart in the opening minutes of the second period to lead Quebec to the win.
Julio Billia (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) made 40 saves, including all 17 shots he faced in the third period to earn the win for Quebec.
Pacific 4 vs. West 3 OT
Team Pacific scored a dramatic overtime win defeating their Team West rivals 4-3 but failed to qualify for the Semi-Finals finishing in third place in the Group A standings with six points.
Pacific will play Ontario for fifth place, while Team West who finished winless in Group A will play Slovakia on Thursday for ninth place.
Josh Thrower (Calgary Hitmen) scored a goal for Team Pacific, while Brayden Point (Moose Jaw Warriors) had a goal and an assist.
Miles Warkentine (Moose Jaw Warriors) and Reid Gardiner (Prince Albert Raiders) had goals for West.
Pacific needed to win in regulation time to advance to the Semi-Finals, and Gardiner’s goal with 3:01 remaining tied the game and denied Pacific the extra point it needed.
United States 7 vs. Slovakia 2
The United States finished the round-robin in first place in Group B with 11 points and will play a Semi-Final contest Thursday against Russia.
Slovakia finishes winless in Group B and will play Team West for ninth place.
Russia 5 vs. Finland 4
The defending champion Russians have a chance for a medal again in 2013 narrowly advancing to the Semi-Finals after finishing second in the Group A standings with seven points just ahead of Team Pacific and will play the United States on Thursday.
Finland finishes in fourth place in Group A and will play Team Atlantic for seventh place.
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