The 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge began this past weekend, with three members of your Sudbury Wolves dawning our nation’s colours.
Wolves forward Quinton Byfield and defencemen Jack Thompson joined Assistant Equipment Manager Brandon Grace in New Brunswick this week for the start of the World Showcase.
Day 1: Absolute magic, Russia defeats Canada Red
Canada Red’s first game of action saw Sudbury Wolves defenceman; Jack Thompson’s team fall 4-2 to Russia on Saturday. Iliya Rychkov and Marat Khusnutdinov each had a goal and an assist in the win. The smooth-skating defencemen from Courtice, Ont as well as Sudbury native and Canada Red Equipment Manager, Brandon Grace looked to find the win column for the first time of the tournament on Monday where they would meet with Sweden in Group B action.
Day 2: Byfield scores first, Canada Black falls in all-Canadian match-up
Canada Black opened their tournament with an early contest against Canada White last Sunday. Canada Black Assistant Captain, Quinton Byfield opened the scoring for Canada at the 2018 World U17 Challenge with a great net driving effort on the penalty kill to bang in a nifty pass by Canada Black teammate, Daemon Hunt (Moosejaw, WHL). The Newmarket, Ont native’s shorthanded marker and first of the tournament tied up the game for Canada Black but wasn’t enough as they fell 5-4 in overtime to Canada White.
Day 3: Wolves winning in thrilling fashion
Monday’s action would prove to be exciting for Quinton Byfield and Canada Black as they skated to a 3-2 overtime win over the Czech Republic in Saint John. Ryan O’Rourke (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL) scored the overtime winner to give Canada Black their first win at the World U17 Challenge.
Canada Red’s Jack Thompson and Equipment Manager Brandon Grace earned their first win of the World U17 Challenge, defeating Sweden 4-3 in overtime in a hard-fought Group B match-up in Quispamsis. William Dufour (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL) scored the overtime winner, finishing a nice two-on-one to seal the deal for the Canadians.
Day 4: Wolves advance to quarterfinals
Ryan O’Rourke (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL) would score his second game-winner of the tournament in as many days, giving Canada Black a thrilling 5-4 victory over the United States. Quinton Byfield was a top performer for Canada Black in the victory, scoring a goal and adding an assist in the contest to help the Canadians finish second in Group A.
Seth Jarvis (Portland, WHL) was the overtime hero for Canada Red on Tuesday, scoring in the dying seconds of overtime to give Canada Red a 4-3 win over Finland clinching the Canadians second place in Group B. Dylan Garand (Kamloops, WHL) finished with a 43 save performance between the pipes in the win.
Quinton Byfield and Canada Black’s dreams of a gold medal at U17 World Championship came to an end Thursday night in Saint John. Sweden defeated Canada Black 4-2 in the quarterfinals and will move on to play Russia in semifinal action Friday afternoon. Byfield and Canada Black will play Canada White for fifth place Friday afternoon as well.
TEAM RED TO PLAY IN SEMI-FINALS
Wolves defenceman, Jack Thompson, along with Equipment Manager, Brandon Grace, came away with a thrilling 2-1 overtime win as Canada Red defeated the United States on Thursday Night in Quispamsis. Elliot Desnoyers (Moncton, QMJHL) banged in the game-winning goal 4:34 into overtime, booking Canada Red a trip to the semifinal. The Canadians will square off with Finland for a trip to the gold medal game Friday night in Saint John.
27 OHL players are currently representing Canada at the 2018 World U17 Challenge from November 3-10 in Saint John and Quispamsis, NB. For more information on the tournament, please visit the Hockey Canada website.