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World Juniors A Challenge: 12-16-17

World Junior A Challenge

USA U19 1 @ Canada West U19 5

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The USA U19 team will have to settle for Silver in the 2017 World Junior A Challenge six-team tournament, as the Canada West U19 scored 5 goals on just 19 shots to win the tourney’s Gold Medal. Canada West netminder Zach Rose (undrafted) stopped 35 of 36 shots fired by the Americans in a spectacular effort. The Canadians got goals from 5 different players including the game opening shorthanded marker from future Cole Guttman University of Denver teammate Brendan Budy (2018 draft eligible, Denver commit). After Angus Crookshank (2018 draft eligible, New Hampshire commit) and Corey Andonovski (undrafted, Princeton commit) gave the Canada West team a 3-0 advantage, the Americans opted for goaltending change, bringing in Ryan Bischel (undrafted, Clarkson commit) for Jake Kucharski (2018 draft eligible, Providence commit), who allowed 3 goals on just 12 shots. USA would respond to the change in net, as Jack Drury (2018 draft eligible, Harvard commit), the son and nephew of ex-NHL’ers Ted and Chris Drury, would draw the Americans within two with a power play goal. It would be the Americans’ only goal, as Rose shut the door for the remainder of the game. Ross Armour (undrafted, Bemidji State commit) and sixteen year old Dylan Holloway (2020 draft eligible, Wisconsin commit) provided insurance markers for the Canadians during the 3rd period, as Bishel allowed 2 goals on 7 shots.

Nick Perbix finished the tournament pointless in 5 games for USA, and Cole Guttman scored one goal in 4 games.

In Friday's consolation game action, the Czech Republic U19 team claimed Bronze in a 4-2 victory over the Russia U18 squad. The Canada East U19 team defeated the Swiss U18 club 3-2 in OT to finish 5th in the tourney.