Dawson Creek, BC – Team Canada Red rallied back from a 5-0 deficit but came up short in the Gold Medal Game of the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, falling 6-4 to the United States.
Owen Sound Attack rookie Mitchell Russell was one of eight Ontario Hockey League players to earn a silver medal with Team Canada Red at the tournament, scoring one goal while adding an assists in six games over the course of the tournament.
A total of 18 CHL players come away as silver medalists as Nick Wong (Oshawa Generals), Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants), Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic) and Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts) all scored in the loss.
The Americans outshot Canada Red 34-25 and held them to 1-for-7 on the power play as Cole Caufield recorded a hat-trick while Jack Hughes added four points to finish as the tournament’s leading scorer.
Team Canada Red finishes with an overall record of 3-3-0 as Suzuki, Xavier Parent (Halifax Mooseheads) and Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes) finished tied for the team scoring lead with seven points each.
The silver medal puts Canada on the podium at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for a third straight year.
The gold medal finale featured five of the six players named to the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge all-star team including Americans Hughes and Caufield along with Canada Red’s Lafreniere up front, defenders Byram and Canada Black’s Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings). Canada Red goaltender Luke Cavallin (Flint Firebirds) rounded out the tournament all-star team selections.
OHL PLAYERS WHO EARNED SILVER MEDALS WITH TEAM CANADA RED:
Luke Cavallin (Flint Firebirds)
Evan Brand (Kingston Frontenacs)
Colton Kammerer (Sarnia Sting)
Brandon Coe (North Bay Battalion)
Mitchell Russell (Owen Sound Attack)
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)
Keean Washkurak (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nick Wong (Oshawa Generals)
Assistant Coach: B.J. Adams (Erie Otters)
Goaltending Coach: Zac Bierk (Oshawa Generals)
BRONZE MEDAL GAME:
CZECH REPUBLIC 2 – CANADA WHITE 1
Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s) scored late in the third period but it wouldn’t be enough to bring Team Canada White back from a 2-0 deficit as the Czech Republic held on to claim bronze.
Canada White outshot the Czechs 30-23 but a strong goaltending performance by Nick Malik paired with goals from Matej Toman and Michal Teply led the Czech Republic to its first World Under-17 Hockey Challenge medal since 2006.
Canada White finishes fourth in the tournament with an overall record of 2-4.
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