Sunday, November 2, 2008
UPSET TO OPEN UP WORLD JR. A CHALLENGE
It was a surprising start to open the World Junior A Challenge as Belarus defeated Canada West 4-3 in a shootout.
Canada West got off to a great start by opening up a 2-0 lead before the game was 15 minutes old on goals by Penticton's Denver Manderson and Matt Mackay.
Belarus then rattled off 3 straight goals including 2 goals in the first 30 seconds of the second period to open up a 3-2 lead. Matt Mackay scored his second of the game before the period was done to even up the score.
The game would remain tied through the third period and overtime and went to a shootout.
Yauheni Salamonau of Belarus scored the only goal of the shootout for the game winning goal and pull off the upset. Burnaby's Brodie Reid was pointless and Canada's last chance to keep the game going in the shootout but was denied.
Final shots were even at 22 apiece.
Canada West will look to even up their record Tuesday night vs. Russia.