CANADIAN JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release date: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016
U.S. wins WJAC with triumph over Canada East in title game
BONNYVILLE, Alta. – A three-goal second period broke open a close game as the United States went on to defeat Canada East 4-0 in the championship game Saturday of the World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alta.
The contest was scoreless until late into the opening frame when the U.S. struck with just 51 seconds remaining in the session on a Nick Swaney effort.
Building on the momentum of that late tally, the Americans tallied three times in the first half of the middle stanza to take control.
Alex Limoges made it 2-0 at 2:21 while Collin Adams extended the lead just past the seven-minute mark.
The U.S. kept coming and added another midway through with Ethen Frank continuing the U.S. onslaught.
They continued to apply the pressure from there, however there would be no further scoring in the contest.
Cayden Primeau picked up the win in posting the shutout for the U.S. while Stefano Cantali (Collège Francais de Longueuil, LHJQ) was solid in net for Canada East despite defeat in a game that saw the victorious side hold a big edge in shots on goal by a 47-14 count.
1. U.S. (Gold)
2. Canada East (Silver)
3. Russia (Bronze)
4. Czech Republic
5. Canada West