Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Despite falling to Japan in game two, their win over Russia enabled U16 Team BC to capture silver.
In their second game at the Nagano Memorial Cup, U16 Team BC fell to the speedy Japan Selects and a goaltender on a hot streak.
Japan opened the scoring on the power play, but U16 Team BC responded when Wade Murphy banged in a rebound created by a Dalton Thrower end-to-end rush. Canada then took the lead on the power play when Tyler Wotherspoon scored on a back door pass. Zachary Hodder and Brendan Presley assisted.
The Japan Selects answered with a three goal second period. Team speed was a factor with U16 Team BC being caught in transition for two of the three goals.
U16 Team BC outshot Japan 14-4 in the third but was unable to beat the Japanese goaltender. The Japan Selects were comprised of the best Japanese players born in 1992. Wotherspoon was U16 Team BC’s player of the game.
The final game of the tournament saw Japan lose in a shootout to Ermark Angarsk (Russia). With Russia winning 3-1 with less than five minutes remaining, Japan scored two goals to force overtime. Russia went on to win the shootout but Japan was able to gain one point with the regulation tie. The point secured the gold for Japan, the silver for U16 Team BC and the bronze for Russia.
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