DUNCAN, BC (Courtesy of Hockey Canada)
Make it three-for-three for West at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Dylan Wruck scored a pair of goals as the 2008 bronze medalists became the first team to clinch a spot in Saturday?s semifinals with a 7-2 victory over Slovakia at the Cowichan Centre on Wednesday afternoon.
Jaden Schwartz, Jordan De Pape, Brooks Macek, Mark Stone and Matt Glowa also scored for the Westerners. Wruck added a pair of assists to his total for a four-point outing, while Charles Inglis had a trio of helpers.
Radoslav Macik and Tomas Jurco had the goals for Slovakia, which dropped to 0-2 with its second loss in as many days. The Europeans have lost 10 of their last 12 at the U17 tournament, dating back to the 2006 event in Regina, SK.
West will enjoy a well-deserved day off on Thursday before wrapping up the preliminary round against Finland in Port Alberni on Friday (2 p.m. PST), while the Slovakians will be in tough against the United States at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Thursday afternoon (2 p.m. PST).
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