By Woodard, Dale on November 4, 2019.
The puck dropped on the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat and Swift Current, Sask. Saturday.
Three Canadian teams got it started as Canada Red defeated Russia 4-3 in Swift Current, while in Medicine Hat, Canada Black beat Canada White 6-5 in overtime.
In Swift Current, Logan Stankoven of the Kamloops Blazers scored twice in the second period, while Seattle Thunderbirds forward Conner Roulette added the other Canada Red second period goal. Davin Tinling got the other Canada Red goal.
Seattle Thunderbirds goaltending prospect Thomas Milic stopped 28 of 31 shots for the win.
In Medicine Hat, Canada Black scored three-unanswered goals to earn the 6-5 victory.
Victoria Royals defenceman Nolan Bentham picked up an assist on Canada Black’s fifth goal as part of the comeback.
Medicine Hat product Cole Sillinger scored to put Canada White up 2-1 after 20 minutes and added another in the third. Winnipeg Ice defenceman Carson Lambos had a pair of assists for Canada White.
Mason McTavish scored twice for Canada White, while Brett Harrison had the other goal.
Ice forward prospect Matthew Savoie had three assists for Team White.
For Canada Black, Shane Wright scored three goals and Zach Dean scored twice, including the overtime winner. Brennan Othmann scored the other Canada Black goal.
Prince George Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan stopped 24 of 30 shots for Canada White in the loss.
For Canada Black, Benjamin Gaudreau got the start, making eight saves before William Blackburn came on in the second half of the game, making 15 saves.
On Sunday in Swift Current, Sweden beat Finland 6-4, while in Medicine Hat the United States downed the Czech Republic 10-1.
Play continues today.
In Swift Current, Russia takes on Finland at 2 p.m., while Canada Red and Sweden take the ice at 8 p.m.
Canada Black and the Czech Republic face off at 3 p.m. in Medicine Hat. At 9 p.m. Canada White takes on the United States.