Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. General Sports

Team Pacific advances to World Under-17 Challenge finals

See also

According to the Hockey Canada website, Team Pacific (comprised of players born in Alberta and British Columbia) defeated Team Russia 7-3 on Friday to advance to the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge championship final in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Calgary natives Nick Merkley of the Kelowna Rockets and Zach Sawchenko of the Moose Jaw Warriors came up huge as Team Pacific will now play an impressive American squad in Saturday's championship final. The United States hammered Quebec 9-1 in the other semi-final.

Merkley notched a goal and an assist in the semi-final win. The 16 year-old who has 28 points this year for Kelowna, scored Team Pacific's opening goal at 10:18 of the first period, and then assisted on Team Pacific's fifth goal early in the third period off the stick of Matteo Gennaro of the Prince Albert Raiders to make the score 5-2 at the time.

Sawchenko meanwhile made 25 saves on 28 shots. Sawchenko has been Team Pacific's number one goaltender and will try to backstop the Pacific team to their first World U-17 Challenge title ever.

Advertisement

Sports

  • David Price rumors
    Should the bottom-dwelling Tampa Bay Rays trade or keep pitching ace David Price?
    Video
    MLB Rumors
  • Hottest WNBA players
    Dig in to this WNBA slideshow and see what has Drake so hot and bothered
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Feeling groovy: The truth about Adam Wainwright and the grooved Derek Jeter pitch
    MLB News
  • Rory's dad cashes in
    Rory McIlroy's dad Gerry cashes in on $342,000 bet on son's British Open win
    Golf
  • Bob Burnquist interview
    Examiner exclusive: Skateboarding legend Bob Burnquist talks Dew Tour and Toyota
    Skateboarding
  • 40-year-old cheerleader
    40-year-old mom Kriste Lewis becomes New Orleans Saints cheerleader
    NFL News