Monday, January 5, 2009
Team Ontario Repeats as Winner of the Under 17 World Hockey Challenge
Yesterday afternoon, Team Ontario defeated Team Pacific to capture its second straight gold medal at the Under 17 World Hockey Challenge. The roster was made up of entirely OHL players and yet again provided an accurate and promising snapshot of the talent emerging out of Ontario.
The team was led by John McFarland, the former first overall selection in the 2008 priority draft, and current member of the Sudbury Wolves. McFarland finished the tournament as the leading scorer, with 8 goals and 4 assists in 12 games. He also managed to tally a point in every game of the tourney. Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers finished second in tournament scoring with 11 points. Stephen Silas of the Belleville Bulls finished tied for first in defenceman scoring, with 1 goal and 6 assists. Goaltender J.P Anderson of the Mississauga Majors finished the tourney with the best save percentage (.935) and the second best G.A.A. (2.31) among starters.
A big congrats to the team, which was coached by Niagara Ice Dogs bench boss Mario Cicchillo.
A link to the final stats for Team Ontario can be found here.