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U.S. national U-17 team defeats Canada's Team Atlantic at Hockey Challenge

Sunday, 12.30.2007 / 12:29 AM / News

The Canadian Press

LONDON, Ont. - The U.S. national under-17 team blew out Canada's Team Atlantic 8-0 in the opening game of the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge on Saturday.

Seven different players scored for the Americans (1-0-0), who finished second at the previous U-17 Hockey Challenge in Regina in 2006. Netminder Brandon Maxwell made 23 saves for the shutout.

"It was a really strong team effort today," said U.S. head coach Ron Rolston. "We have to play that way consistently in the coming days, as this is a really tough tournament."

Jeremy Morin scored a pair while Drew Shore, Sam Calabrese, Kyle Palmieri, Steven Whitney, Jerry D'Amigo and Kevin Lynch added singles. The U.S. outshot Team Atlantic (0-1-0) by a 54-23 margin.

In other action Saturday, Teemu Pulkkinen had a hat trick to lead Finland past defending-champion Team Quebec 8-5 in Lucan, Ont. Toni Rajala added a pair for the Finns (1-0-0), while Jere Laaksonen, Tommi Kivisto and Erik Huala had singles.

Louis Leblanc scored twice for Quebec (0-1-0), with singles going to Etienne Brodeur, Mathieu Gingras and Gleason Fournier.

At London, Andrew Agozzino scored twice to lead Team Ontario to a 4-2 win over Team Pacific. Ryan Ellis and Taylor Hall added first-period goals for Team Ontario (1-0-0), while Ryan O'Reilly had two assists in the victory.

Evander Kane and Dillon Wagner answered for Team Pacific (0-1-0).

At Lucan, Brayden Schenn broke a tie late in the second period as Team West edged Germany 3-2. Jimmy Bubnick and Mason Wilgosh added goals for the West (1-0-0), while Marc Kohl and Andreas Baumer scored for Germany (0-1-0).

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the OT winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round