The 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge began in Medicine Hat, AB and Swift Current, SK on Saturday, featuring a pair of one-goal victories for Canadian sides.
Canada Red 4; Russia 3
At the Innovation Credit Union iPlex, Canada Red rode a three-goal second period to a 4-3 win over Russia to open their schedule at the tournament.
Kamloops Blazers Logan Stankoven scored twice in a span of 2:19 to put Canada ahead first. Seattle Thunderbirds forward Conner Roulette scored to make the game 3-0 in favour of Canada. Red Deer Rebels defenceman Kyle Masters picked up an assist on Canada’s second goal.
Seattle Thunderbirds goaltending prospect Thomas Milic stopped 28 of 31 shots for the victory.
Canada Black 6; Canada White 5 (OT)
At the Canalta Centre, Canada Black edged Canada White 6-5 in overtime for the opening action in Group A. Trailing 5-3 entering the third period, Canada Black scored three-unanswered goals to earn the come-from-behind victory.
Victoria Royals defenceman Nolan Bentham picked up an assist on Canada Black’s fifth goal as part of the comeback. For Canada White, Winnipeg ICE forward prospect Matthew Savoie tallied three assists. In his home rink, Medicine Hat Tigers forward Cole Sillinger scored to put Canada White up 2-1 after 20 minutes. Winnipeg ICE defenceman Carson Lambos picked up a pair of helpers in the game for Canada White
Prince George Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan stopped 24 of 30 shots for Canada White in the narrow loss.
Day Two at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Day Two action at the tournament resumes with games between Finland and Sweden as well as a matchup between the United States and the Czech Republic.
All three Canadian teams return to action at the event Tuesday. Canada Black hosts the Czech Republic, Canada Red hosts Sweden, and Canada White serves as the visitor against the United States.