Team West was hoping a new year might bring their first win of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge after a pair of 5-2 losses to Team Pacific and the Czech Republic. The West would be in tough though, facing last year’s Silver Medal winners, the USA who entered the game with a 1-1 record.
The Americans opened up the scoring on a powerplay just over 2 minutes into the game, but midway through the 1st, Team West would pull even on a powerplay of their own. Lethbridge Hurricanes prospect Remi Laurencelle scored his 2nd goal of the tournament to make it a 1-1 game, but the USA would take a 2-1 lead after the first after outshooting the West 17-7. The USA would add two more goals in the second period while the West would also score making it a 4-2 game. The West managed to cut the deficit to one in the third, but the Americans scored 3 unanswered on the way to a 7-3 win. The loss drops Team West to 0 and 3 and Monday night they’ll go in search of their first win when they play Russia. Laurencelle has 2 goals and 1 assist so far, while his teammate, Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Craig Leverton has one goal.
Team Pacific had Sunday off but puts their perfect 3-0 record on the line Monday night when they face the USA. Canes Defenceman Macoy Erkamps has 2 goals and 1 assist while Forward Jay Merkley has registered one assist.
(Info from Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)