Team Pacific and Team West played for 5th and 9th place at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Tuesday in Ontario. Team Pacific had their medal hopes dashed Monday in a loss to the USA that would have sent them to the semifinals.
Playing Quebec for 5th place, Lethbridge Hurricanes Defenceman Macoy Erkamps scored in the second period as Team Pacific had a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes, but Quebec managed to score a pair of late goals sending the game to OT. Pacific, who is coached by former Lethbridge Hurricanes Coach Michael Dyck, claimed 5th with their 5-4 win after outshooting their opponents 53-36 in the game. Erkamps finished the tournament with 3 goals and 1 assist, while Jay Merkley had 1 assist.
Earlier in the day, Team West played Germany for 9th place. Hurricanes Forward Craig Leverton scored a goal, but West lost the game 6-3. Leverton closed out the tournament with 2 goals, while Canes prospect Remi Laurencelle finished with 2 goals and an assist in the four games he played.
Erkamps, Leverton and Merkley are all expected back in the Hurricanes lineup Friday when they host Medicine Hat, while Laurencelle will return to his Winnipeg Wild teammates of the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League where he sits 2nd in league scoring with 49 points in 28 games.
(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)