4-3 OT win for Canada West over Russia

Tina Comeau tcomeau@thevanguard.ca
Published on November 7, 2012

Canada West thrilled hockey fans at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, scoring an overtime goal to defeat Russia 4-3 in Game 5 of the preliminary round of the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth on Nov. 7.

Defenseman Troy Stecher, who plays with the BCHL in Penticton, BC, scored the OT winner. Click on the video tab to hear him talk about that goal.

The win gives Canada West a 2-0 record in the preliminary round and a bye to Friday's semi-finals.

 

HOCKEY CANADA GAME SUMMARY:

Troy Stecher (Richmond, B.C./Penticton, BCHL) was the overtime hero, scoring on a power play 1:22 into the extra period to give Canada West a 4-3 win over Russia on Wednesday and send the defending gold medallists to Friday’s semifinals at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge.

It’s a complete reversal of fortune for the Canadians, who went winless in the preliminary round last year in Langley, B.C., before catching fire in the medal round.

Wade Murphy (Victoria, B.C./Penticton, BCHL), Seb Lloyd (Prince George, B.C./West Kelowna, BCHL) and Aaron Hadley (Castlegar, B.C./Vernon, BCHL) were the scorers in regulation time for Canada West, which got all four of its goals from B.C. Hockey League skaters.

Murphy added two assists for a three-point game, while Alex Kerfoot (West Vancouver, B.C./Coquitlam, BCHL) had two helpers, giving him five points in two games.

Jonah Imoo (Surrey, B.C./Powell River, BCHL) was spectacular between the pipes for Canada West, making 37 saves as the Canadians were outshot 40-19.

Vladislav Gavrikov, Nikita Setdikov and Sergei Stetsenko scored the goals for the Russians, who will play the loser of Wednesday night’s preliminary round finale between Canada East and Switzerland in a Thursday quarter-final.

Igor Shestyorkin took the loss in the Russian goal, finishing with 15 saves.

It’s the sixth time the Canadians and Russians have met at the World Junior A Challenge, with Canada West holding a 4-2 advantage. Wednesday’s game was the first meeting to go into overtime.

 

HOCKEY CANADA GAME RECAP:

First Period Goals:

   None

Penalties:

   00:20 CAN W 11 Rhyse Dieno (Major - Check fr. Behind)

   00:20 CAN W 11 Rhyse Dieno (Game Misconduct)

   07:59 RUS 8 Nikolai Glukhov (Cross Checking)

   09:58 CAN W 25 James De Haas (Hooking)

Second Period Goals:

   03:34 CAN W 21 Wade Murphy (14 Alex Kerfoot, 9 Dylan Richard) PP

   05:29 RUS 25 Vladislav Gavrikov (17 Konstantin Okulov)

   07:29 RUS 21 Nikita Setdikov (8 Nikolai Glukhov, 9 Igor Rudenkov)

   19:45 CAN W 8 Seb Lloyd (21 Wade Murphy, 14 Alex Kerfoot) PP

 

Penalties:

   02:10 RUS 24 Viktor Baldaev (Hooking)

   03:34 RUS 25 Vladislav Gavrikov (Interference)

   05:25 CAN W 21 Wade Murphy (High Sticking)

   12:26 CAN W 12 Michael Rebry (Delay of Game)

   17:05 CAN W 9 Dylan Richard (Roughing)

   17:05 RUS 13 Alexander Mokshantsev (Cross Checking)

   18:14 RUS 4 Ziyat Paigin (Boarding)

Third Period Goals:

   02:00 CAN W 15 Aaron Hadley (24 Evan Tironese, 25 James De Haas)

   14:09 RUS 14 Sergei Stetsenko (2 Rushan Rafikov, 21 Nikita Setdikov) PP

 

Penalties:

   12:35 RUS 13 Alexander Mokshantsev (10-Minute Misconduct)

   12:35 CAN W 18 T.J. Reeve (Kneeing)

   13:56 CAN W 6 Devon Toews (Cross Checking)

   18:38 CAN W 21 Wade Murphy (Elbowing)

   19:34 RUS 9 Igor Rudenkov (Interference)

Overtime Goals:

   01:22 CAN W 2 Troy Stecher (21 Wade Murphy) PP

 

Penalties:

   None

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Russian goalie Igor Shestyorkin looks over his shoulder as the puck bounces across the crease. Russia got lucky on this play as the net was off and the puck, which did go in the net, did not count as a goal. Canada West ended up winning the game 4-3 in overtime. <br />TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Canada West celebrates the winning OT goal by Troy Stecher. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Canada West and a happy crowd in Yarmouth celebrate the 4-3 OT win in Game 5 of the World Junior A Challenge preliminary round. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Russian goalie Igor Shestyorkin gets his stick on this puck that seems destined for the net. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Russian goalie Igor Shestyorkin extends himself to stop this Canada West shot from going into the goal. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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The play is against the boards between Canada West and Russia. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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A pile up along the boards during a Canada West - Russia game. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Canada West players wait to go onto the ice with their junior hosts Bradley Verran and Brett Mercier from the Yarmouth County Minor Hockey Association standing with them. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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A saved shot at the Canada West net. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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A missed scoring opportunity for Russia. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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In the stands. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Canada West goalie Jonah Imoo watches the play off to his side. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Action between Canada West and Russia on Nov. 7 at the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Snow from the ice sprays players on the ice. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Canada West goalie Curtis Skip lines up with teammates waiting to go on the ice. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Michael Rebry of Canada West bats the puck away from his net. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Go Canada! TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Defenceman Rushan Rafikov stops the Canada West player from getting to the Russia net. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Make some noise. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Tangled up on the ice. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Cheering on Canada West. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Canada West's Dylan Richard, Wade Murphy and Russia's Konstantin Okulov rushing alongside the boards. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Celebrating the OT win. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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