The 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge opened on Saturday in Victoriaville and Drummondville with four games on the schedule:
Quebec 5 vs. Atlantic 2
Nicolas Aubé-Kubel (Val-d’Or Foreurs) scored twice in the second period to lead Team Quebec to a 5-2 win over Team Atlantic in the only All-Canadian game on Saturday night at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Nicolas Hébert (Rimouski Oceanic) also scored for Quebec, while Jonathan Deschamps (Sherbrooke Phoenix) joined Aubé-Kubel as the only other Quebec skater with a multi-point game, picking up two assists.
Clark Bishop (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) scored both goals for Team Atlantic.
Pacific 8 vs. Russia 7 OT
Joe Hicketts (Victoria Royals) was the overtime hero for Pacific on Saturday night, scoring on a power play 59 seconds into the extra period to give the Canadian side an 8-7 win over Russia in the opening game for both at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels) scored two goals, while Brycen Martin (Swift Current Broncos) led the way with four assists including one on the game-winner.
Payton Lee (Vancouver Giants) made 34 saves in goal for Team Pacific.
Sweden 4 vs. West 0
Adam Brooks (Regina Pats) was named Player of the Game for Team West despite a 4-0 loss to Sweden to open the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
The Canadians were outshot 33-19 in the first two periods before holding an 8-7 advantage over the final 20 minutes.
Team West will look to rebound Sunday night against Team Russia in Pool A action.
United States 6 vs. Ontario 5 SO
The United States erased a 4-2 third period deficit coming back to beat Ontario 6-5 in a shootout to open the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Victoriaville Saturday afternoon.
Connor McDavid (Erie Otters) scored once and added two assists for Ontario in an impressive debut for the 15-year-old, while captain Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts), who played last year as an under-ager, had a goal and a helper.
Josh Ho-Sang (Windsor Spitfires), Daniel De Sousa (Belleville Bulls) and Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs) also scored for Ontario.
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