The 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge continued Thursday with five games and all five Canadian teams in action including host Quebec in the Semi-Finals.
Sweden 6 vs. Quebec 4
Sweden advances to the final of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for just the third time in tournament history in search of their first gold medal after defeating the host Team Quebec 6-4 in Semi-Final action Thursday night in Victoriaville.
Tied 2-2 after the first period, Sweden scored twice in the second period to take a 4-2 lead. Quebec came to within one goal twice in the third period but was unable to find the equalizer.
Alexis Pépin (P.E.I Rocket), Nicolas Aubé-Kubel (Val-d’Or Foreurs), Olivier LeBlanc (Saint John Sea Dogs) and Daniel Audette (Sherbrooke Phoenix) scored and had an assist each for Quebec.
Team Quebec will face the United States for bronze on Friday afternoon.
Russia 6 vs. United States 4
Team Russia scored four goals in the third period to defeat the United States and return to the gold medal game of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for the second straight year.
Russia will attempt to defend its title Friday night against Team Sweden.
The United States will face Quebec Friday afternoon in the bronze medal matchup.
Pacific 7 vs. Ontario 6
Team Pacific finished the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in fifth place for the second consecutive year following a 7-6 win over Ontario who suffered their worst tournament finish since 1988.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels) scored the game-winning goal with under two minutes to play in the third period.
Ryan Graham (Saskatoon Blades) also scored, while Brycen Martin (Swift Current Broncos) and Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen) each netted a goal and an assist. Captain Joe Hicketts (Victoria Royals) had three assists.
Martin led Team Pacific in scoring with nine points in five games.
Connor McDavid (Erie Otters) paced Ontario with two goals and an assist, finishing the tournament with a team-leading nine points in five games.
Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts), Jaden Lindo (Owen Sound Attack), Jacob Middleton (Owen Sound Attack) and Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs) had the other goals for Ontario, while Dante Salituro (Ottawa 67’s) added two assists.
Finland 8 vs. Atlantic 2
Finland defeated Team Atlantic by an 8-2 score to secure seventh place in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Kameron Kielly (Gatineau Olympiques) scored one for Atlantic to finish second in team scoring with four points.
Clark Bishop (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) led Team Atlantic with five points in five games.
Mason McDonald (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) made 33 saves despite the loss.
West 4 vs. Slovakia 1
Team West picked up their first win of the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 4-1 win over Slovakia to finish the tournament in ninth place.
Haydn Fleury (Red Deer Rebels) opened the scoring for Team West, with Josh Uhrich (Moose Jaw Warriors) adding a first period goal.
Reid Gardiner (Prince Albert Raiders) netted a shorthanded goal in the third period.
Fellow Prince Albert Raider Tim Vanstone was named Player of the Game.
For more information on the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge please visit www.hockeycanada.ca.