US Beats Canada West For Gold Medal

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US Beats Canada West For Gold Medal November 12, 2012 7:37 AM

The U.S. Junior Select Team won the 2012 World Junior A Challenge tonight by defeating Canada West, 6-3, at Mariners Centre. Team USA scored four unanswered goals through the second and third periods to collect its fourth tournament title in five years. Canada West was the defending champion.

"This was a complete team victory," said Brett Larson, head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team. "We got goals from our big scorers, everyone blocked shots and our goaltender (Eamon McAdam) made key saves. I thought the turning point of the game was killing the five-on-three in the third period. We stayed composed and disciplined and stuck to our plan to play as a team and it paid off. I’m extremely proud of this group."

Team USA took a 1-0 lead on J.T. Stenglein’s first of two goals on the night. Sheldon Dries made a no-look, backhand pass from the left corner to the top of the left circle, where Stenglein ripped a shot into the net. At 16:32, Vince Hinostroza cut across the low slot and capitalized on the power play to make it 2-0.

Canada West responded with three straight goals over the first 10 minutes of the second period to take its only lead of the game.

Austin Cangelosi knotted the game at 3-3 as he sped into the Canadian zone, took a pass from Hinostroza and flipped a nice backhand shot into the net at 12:31. Less than three minutes later, the U.S. regained the lead, 4-3, when Stenglein banged in a perfect cross-crease feed from Luke Johnson.

Early in the third period, the U.S. maintained its narrow lead by killing off two minutes of five-on-three power play time for Canada West.

At 9:05, Team USA established a two-goal cushion, 5-3, on an Alex Kile tap-in. Hinostroza drew the defense’s attention to the left side before slipping to puck to Kile at the right post.

Hinostroza completed the scoring with 2:54 to play on a breakaway where he was tripped by a defenseman, got back on his feet and made a simple one move deke to light the lamp.

Hinostroza played very well throughout the tournament, accumulating eight points in four games, six goals and two assists, becoming the second USA player to lead the World Junior A Challenge in scoring in its seven-year history. Hinostroza will now head back to the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL.

Although I predicted a USA win over Canada East, last week, a win is a win right?

By Joseph Kolodziej

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