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West qualifies for semifinal at World Under-17 Hockey Challenge @NHLdotcom

Dylan Wruck scored twice as the West earned a semifinal berth at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge on Wednesday with a 7-2 victory over Slovakia.

Wruck scored 22 seconds into the second period to break a 1-1 tie, and padded the lead nearly six minutes later to lead the West (3-0) at Cowichan, B.C. Wruck added a pair of assists, while Jaden Schwartz, Jordan De Pape, Brooks Macek, Mark Stone and Matt Glowa also scored in the victory. Charles Inglis added three helpers.

Radoslav Macik and Tomas Jurco had the goals for the Slovaks (0-2), who lost for the second time in as many days. Slovakia has just two wins in its last 12 games at the tournament.

Calvin Pickard stopped 27 shots to earn the win for the West.

Filip Orcik made 28 saves in defeat.

Elsewhere, John McFarland's hat trick lifted Ontario past Russia 5-2 at Alberni Valley, B.C.

Tyler Toffoli and Sam Carrick also scored for Ontario (2-0).

Vladislav Namestnikov had fifth goal in two games, and Aleksander Gogolev added a single for the Russians (1-2).

The U.S. improved to 2-0 with a 4-3 victory over Quebec at Port Alberni. Jason Zucker scored the winner for the Americans with 7:41 left in regulation.

Adam Clendining, Kevin Clare and Brandon Saad had singles for the U.S.

Gabriel Desjardins, Stefan Fournier and Cedrick Henley answered for Quebec (1-2).

At Cowichan, Brandon Hynes' third goal of the game 4:17 into overtime lifted Atlantic past Germany 5-4.

Stephen MacAulay sent the game to extra time with just 18 seconds left in regulation for Atlantic (1-2), while Patrick Downe and Brandon Gormley added singles.

Bernhard Keil had a pair of goals while Marcel Noebels, Thomas Merl and Tom Kuhnhackl also scored for the Germans (0-2).

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