SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – It was a week of steady growth and improvement for Team Canada Black, and it is headed home from the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a hard-earned silver medal. Petes rookies Declan Chisholm and Hunter Jones were part of the Canada Black roster. Fellow 2000-born Pete Pavel Gogolev earned a bronze medal with Team Russia.
Team Canada Black’s lone goal came late in the first period from Eli Zummack (Spokane Chiefs), assisted by team captain Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs) and Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes). Sweden tied it up in the second, and the Canadians weren’t able to make up a goal after the Swedes went ahead by one in the third on a power-play goal.
“We went through our process – we stuck to everything that we tried to do on a daily basis, ever since we came here a couple weeks ago to the Soo, and overall the kids really left it on the ice,” said Team Canada Black head coach Paul Boutilier of his team’s progress through the tournament. “We’re proud of the effort. Every player in there gave it their all. The Soo was fantastic – the people, our volunteers, the whole group. Our local committee here did a real good job. We were proud to come here and we experienced a real great hockey town.”
Goaltender Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads) stopped 33 shots from the speedy Swedish team; Team Canada Black tallied 28 shots-on-goal in the final.
“We played a great game, all around. We played the way we wanted. Our coaches coached us the right way and I think we executed pretty well,” said Smith. “[Sweden] got a good goal in the third on the power play, and I think we just needed to capitalize a little more on our chances. We had chances to tie the game up or even take the lead a little earlier on, and we even had that power play in the third, but it just didn’t go for us.”
A pair of CHL defencemen were named to World Under-17 Hockey Challenge All-Star Team following the gold medal game. Team Canada Black rearguard Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs) finished the tournament with two goals, two assists and four points in six games to earn all-star honours while Team Canada White blueliner Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors) was named as well after recording a goal and three assists over six contests.
SILVER MEDALISTS – TEAM CANADA BLACK (20 CHL PLAYERS):
Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)*
Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Declan Chisholm (Peterborough Petes)
Connor Corcoran (Windsor Spitfires)
Owen Lalonde (Sudbury Wolves)
Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)
Giovanni Vallati (Kitchener Rangers)
Dawson Baker (Sudbury Wolves)*
Luka Burzan (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Andrew Coxhead (Quebec Remparts)
Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
Eric Florchuk (Victoria Royals)
Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets)
Brett Kemp (Everett Silvertips)
Adam McMaster (North Bay Battalion)
Allan McShane (Erie Otters)
Tyler Popowich (Vancouver Giants)
Chase Wouters (Saskatoon Blades)
Eli Zummack (Spokane Chiefs)*
Head Coach: Paul Boutilier (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Assistant Coach: David Struch (Regina Pats)
*- committed to CHL team for 2016-17 season