Barrington, N.S. – The U.S. Junior Select Team lost to Canada West in a shootout, 4-3, in its lone 2012 World Junior A Challenge pre-tournament game Saturday (Nov. 3) at Barrington Municipal Arena. J.T. Stenglein (Greece, N.Y.) had two goals in the seesaw battle in which Team USA out-shot Canada West 50-30.
"I think this game really prepares us for the tournament," said Brett Larson, head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team. "It was obvious how we need to play the game the right way -- using our speed on the attack, while when playing slower and a more finesse style we let them in the game. We learned our lesson and gained valuable international experience to get us ready for this week."
Following a scoreless first period, the teams combined for five goals in a back-and-forth second stanza. Stenglein opened the scoring at 3:02. Canada West evened the score at 6:36, only to watch Stenglein score his second of the game just 16 seconds later to make it 2-1. Canada West got the last two goals of the period, tallying at 17:11 and 19:49.
The U.S. knotted the score 3-3 on Austin Cangelosi's (Estero, Fla.) shorthanded marker 1:14 into the third period. Team USA went on to out-shoot Canada West 22-6 in the frame but could not get the go-ahead goal.
Neither team tallied in the five-minute overtime session and Canada West went on to earn the victory by scoring on each of its first two shootout attempts, while the U.S. went scoreless.
Eamon McAdam (Perkasie, Pa.) started in the U.S. net and stepped aside for Michael Bitzer (Moorhead, Minn.) midway through the second period. McAdam allowed one goal, while Bitzer permitted two and played in the shootout.
The 2012 World Junior A Challenge formally gets underway Monday (Nov. 5) when the U.S. faces Canada East at 7:30 p.m. AST in Yarmouth, N.S. Team USA has won three of the last four tournaments (2008, 2009, 2010) and placed third in 2011. FASTHockey will provide live streaming coverage for all tournament games. Those interested in watching should sign up for a free account in advance at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com.
NOTES: For the complete U.S. roster, click here ... The World Junior A Challenge is in its seventh year and the United States will be competing for the sixth time. In addition to the United States, the 2012 field includes Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland. The official event website is available here ... Follow @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament and join the conversation by using #WJAC. For additional coverage, visit usahockey.com and USA Hockey's Facebook ... Brett Larson (Sioux City, Iowa), head coach and general manager of the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers, is the head coach for the 2012 U.S. Junior Select Team ... The assistant coaches are RJ Enga (Chicago, Ill.) and Derek Lalonde (Green Bay, Wis.). Enga is an assistant coach for the USHL's Chicago Steel, while Lalonde is the head coach of the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers ... The U.S. roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. The 22 players represent 10 states. Six players hail from Minnesota, while Michigan (5), Illinois (3) and Massachusetts (2) also have multiple players. Other states include Alaska, Colorado, Florida, New York, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania ... Ten USHL teams are represented. Leading the way are the Waterloo Black Hawks, who have five players on the roster, and the Green Bay Gamblers, who have three.
Scoring By Period
First Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: CAN-W, Stoykewych (interference), 4:53; CAN-W, Tironese (hooking), 5:56; CAN-W, Stoykewych (high sticking), 8:46; CAN-W, Morley (checking from behind), 17:35; USA, Dries (roughing after the whistle), 20:00.
Second Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Stenglein (Kloos, Stepan), 3:02; 2, CAN-W, Richard (Stoykewych, Kerfoot), 6:36; 3, USA, Stenglein (Johnson), 6:52; 4, CAN-W, De Jong (Kerfoot, Richard), 17:11; 5, CAN-W, Hadley (Kerfoot, Toews), 19:49. Penalties: USA, Fitzgerald (high sticking), 3:31; USA, Hinostroza (high sticking), 17:45; USA, Kile (checking from behind), 20:00.
Third Period – Scoring: 6, USA, Cangelosi (Hinostroza, Heinrich), 1:14 (sh). Penalties: USA, Woods (interference), 9:21; CAN-W, Murphy (holding opponents stick), 10:51; De Jong (delay of game), 16:04; Toews (delay of game), 19:40; Hinostroza (roughing), 20:00; Healey (cross checking) 20:00.
Overtime - Scoring: . Penalties: USA, Fitzgerald (cross checking), 2:16.
Shootout - CAN-W, Stecher (goal); USA, Cammarata (miss); CAN-W, Kerfoot (goal); USA, Cangelosi (miss).
Shots by Period
Power Play: USA 0-7; Canada West 0-5
Penalties: USA 6-12; Canada West 8-16
Tag(s): World Jr. A Challenge