West is best

Canada West did the improbable Sunday, knocking off Canada East 4-2 to win the World Junior A Challenge on Sunday night.

Canada West did the improbable Sunday, knocking off Canada East 4-2 to win the World Junior A Challenge on Sunday night.

Castlegar’s Aaron Hadley scored his third goal of the tournament in the third period, an insurance marker that propelled Canada West to gold.

Cowichan Valley’s Alex Kerfoot scored once and added an assist to give Canada West a 2-0 lead midway through the second period and Carson Cooper (AJHL) scored the game-winner on a power play 40 seconds into the third as Canada West claimed its third gold medal.

All three of Canada West’s gold medals have come at the expense of Canada East – West topped East 4-3 at the inaugural WJAC in Yorkton, Sask., in 2006 before winning by a 4-1 score at the Cominco Arena in Trail, one year later.

Evan Richardson (Powell River) opened the scoring 74 seconds into the second period and Hadley (Vernon) added insurance for Canada West 2:33 into the third to help West become the first team to ever win gold after going winless in the preliminary round.

The team dropped round robin games to Sweden, 2-0, and the U.S., 6-1, to finish last in their pool before turning the tournament around.

They beat the Czech Republic 4-1 in the quarter final and upset Sweden in overtime 2-1 to take the semifinal and advance. Canada East beat the U.S. 4-2 in the other semi.

Michael Neville and Daniel Milne scored the goals for East, which settled for silver for the fourth time in six years – in addition to losses to Canada West in 2006 and 2007, it also came up short against the U.S. last year in Penticton.

The two teams combined for just one penalty – a slashing minor against East’s Tyson Spink that led to Cooper’s winning goal – setting a pair of WJAC records: fewest penalty minutes by one team (0, by Canada West) and fewest combined penalty minutes by both teams (two).

Hadley finished seventh in the tournament scoring overall with three goals in five games while the Penticton Vees’ Travis St. Denis of Trail netted a goal and an assist.

Following the game, Kerfoot and Canada West goaltender Sean Maguire (Powell River, BCHL), along with Canada East forward Devin Shore (OJHL) and defenceman Kevin Lough (CCHL), U.S. forward Mario Lucia, a linemate of St. Denis’ in Penticton, and Swedish defenceman Ludwig Bystrom were named to the tournament all-star team.

Shore, who finished with a tournament co-leading six points, was named World Junior A Challenge MVP.

Just Posted

Work has begun on the $10-million, 120-kilometre fibre-optic line from Playmor Junction to north of Nakusp. File photo
Work begins on Slocan Valley fibre-optic line

The $10-million, 120-kilometre fibre-optic line runs from Playmor Junction to north of Nakusp

Prince Charles Secondary School
School District 8 votes in favour of name change for Secondary School in Creston

In an act of reconciliation, a new name will be chosen for Prince Charles Secondary School

A B.C. police officer shows an approved roadside screening device. Photo: Saanich News file
Woman caught passed out behind the wheel in Trail

Police located the 38-year old in her parked but still running car, and had to rouse her awake.

Jade Osecki leading a Fridays for Future climate march in Nelson in 2020. Photo: Submitted
Nelson Grade 12 student Jade Osecki wins Suzy Hamilton Award

Carolyn Schramm was also honoured in this year’s environmental award for West Kootenay women

Photo courtesy of Mercer Celgar
Mercer Celgar to install new technology thanks to $4.5 million in federal funds

Project features process to improve fibre processing and address regional fibre availability issues

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Most Read