Sunday, November 13, 2011
Hadley Boosts Team West Into Final:
Hadley boosts Team West into final
Published: November 12, 2011
The Vernon Vipers will be represented by three players in Sunday's gold medal game at the World Junior A Hockey Challenge in Langley.
Aaron Hadley of the Vipers scored his second goal of the tournament as Canada West clipped Sweden 2-1 in Friday semifinal action. D-men Brett Corkey and Luke Juha are also on the West roster, coached by Kent Lewis of the Powell River Kings.
Alex Kerfoot of the BCHL Coquitlam Express scored the winner 2:09 into overtime to send Canada West to the gold medal game against Canada East, 4-2 winners over the U.S. in the other semifinal.
Kerfoot broke away from the Swedish defence and snuck a shot off the post and in against goaltender Oscar Dansk to set up an all-Canadian gold medal game (5 p.m. PT, TSN2).
Danskwas spectacular in shutting out the U.S. 1-0 in his only other start of the tournament on Monday. Hadley’s wrist shot from the point shot appeared to be going wide, but hit the shaft of Dansk’s stick and ricocheted behind him just 6:34 into the game.
Filip Sandberg scored the lone goal for Sweden, converting a shorthanded 2-on-1 with Mattias Kalin just shy of the 13-minute mark of the second period, the third goal Canada West has surrendered while enjoying a power play. Sean Maguire (Kings) turned aside 28 shots.
Canada West will look for its third World Junior A Challenge gold medal.