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Team Pacific scores 45 seconds into OT to defeat Team West 4-3

by Hockey Manitoba  |  January 2, 2013 8:06 pm

HICKEY SCORES OT WINNER, BUT PACIFIC MISSES SEMIFINAL BERTH

VICTORIAVILLE, Que. – Brandon Hickey (Leduc, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL) scored 45 seconds into overtime to give Pacific a 4-3 win over West in the preliminary round finale for both at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge on Wednesday night.

Despite the victory, Pacific will not play in Thursday’s semifinals; it needed to beat West in regulation time in order to stay ahead of the Russians, who will now be the second seed from Group A in the semis.

Josh Thrower (North Vancouver, B.C./Calgary, WHL), Brayden Point (Calgary, Alta./Moose Jaw, WHL) and Tanner MacMaster (Calgary, Alta./Camrose, AJHL) also scored the Pacific, which narrowly missed out on the final four for the second year in a row – it finished last year’s prelims in a three-way tie with the U.S. and Russia, but was the odd team out on the tiebreaker.

Point and MacMaster finished with a goal and an assist each.

With the loss, Pacific will now meet Ontario in Thursday’s fifth-place game in Victoriaville (1:30 p.m. ET), a marquee match-up most fans had pegged for a medal game, instead of the fifth-place contest.

Kolten Olynek (Saskatoon, Sask./Saskatoon, SMAAAHL), Miles Warkentine (Prince Albert, Sask./Moose Jaw, WHL) and Reid Gardiner (Humboldt, Sask./Prince Albert, WHL) had the goals for West, which picked an opportune time for its first point of the tournament, eliminating its long-time rivals from gold medal contention.

Gardiner’s goal with 3:01 remaining tied the game and denied Pacific the extra point it needed.

Ty Edmonds (Winnipeg, Man./Virden, MJHL) was stellar in the West goal, making 30 saves in a losing cause, while Pacific netminder Payton Lee (Cranbrook, B.C./Vancouver, WHL) had 15 stops.

For the second year in a row West will play in the ninth-place game, taking on Slovakia on Thursday afternoon at the Pavillon Jean-Béliveau (1:30 p.m. ET) in a rematch of last Friday’s pre-tournament game, won 5-2 by the Canadian side.

First Period Goals:
00:55 WST 22 Kolten Olynek (2 Haydn Fleury)
17:14 PAC 6 Josh Thrower (10 Conner Bleackley) PP

Second Period Goals:
09:48 PAC 17 Brayden Point (12 Reid Duke, 5 Brycen Martin) PP
16:00 WST 21 Miles Warkentine (12 Collin Shirley, 5 Nelson Nogier)

Third Period Goals:
04:06 PAC 15 Tanner MacMaster (12 Reid Duke, 17 Brayden Point)
16:59 WST 19 Reid Gardiner (9 Travis Sanheim, 14 Rourke Chartier)

Overtime Goals:
00:45 PAC 8 Brandon Hickey (15 Tanner MacMaster, 3 Joseph Hicketts)

GOALIES

West 35 Ty Edmonds

Pacific 1 Payton Lee

SHOTS

West 6 7 5 0- 18

Pacific 9 13 11 1- 34

GAME STARS

Pacific 6 Josh Thrower

West 18 Rhett Gardner


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