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The 2010 World Junior A Challenge was an international Junior "A" ice hockey tournament hosted by Hockey Canada. The 2010 World Junior A Challenge was hosted by the Canadian City of Penticton, British Columbia from November 8 to November 14, 2010 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.


The two host Canadian teams will return, along with Russia, Sweden, and United States. Replacing Belarus at this event will be Switzerland attending for the first time in the tournament's five year history.



In early exhibition action, Canada East avenged years of frustration against their nemesis Canada West with a 7-2 victory. The next day, the victory did not translate into anything for Canada East as they fell apart late against Russia in a 7-4 loss. Canada West finished off the exhibition series winless, dropping their next-day game 5-3 to the 2-time defending champion United States.

Round Robin

Like many years, the round robin was as unpredictable as ever. Upstart Switzerland went perfect in the round robin, defeating Canada West 5-4 in overtime and cruising to a 5-1 win over Russia. The United States was also perfect, crushing Canada East 6-1 and Sweden 5-1. Canada West was not far behind Switzerland in the Pool B standings, following up their overtime loss with a 4-2 victory over Russia. Canada East got over their Pool A crushing to the United States by beating Sweden 6-2. Both Sweden and Russia went winless in the round robin to round out the two pools.


The quarter-finals were hope for some, while heartbreak for others. Despite badly outshooting their opponents in both games, Russia and Sweden were both relegated to the 5th Place Match on Friday. Canada East defeated Russia 4-3, while Canada West defeated Sweden 3-2. While both Canada teams now move on to the semi-finals, Russia and Sweden will battle for pride and 5th place.

5th Place and Semi-final

In the 5th Place Game, Sweden, who had never won a game at the 2009 or 2010 WJAC to date was facing the 2009 Bronze Medallist Russia. Sweden took control early and took a 4-1 lead into the third period, where they held off a late Russian surge to win the game 5-4.

In Semi-final #1, undefeated Switzerland was up against Canada East. The game started of ugly, when Switzerland scored on their own net on a delayed penalty to give Canada East a 1-0 lead. Canada East was neck-to-neck with Switzerland, but took a 3-1 lead into the third. Switzerland turned on their jets and outshot Canada East 18-4 in the third, but Canada East still came out with the 4-2 victory. Switzerland moved on to the Bronze Medal Game, while Canada East goes to their first Gold Medal Game since the 2007 World Junior A Challenge.

In Semi-final #2, the undefeated United States played Canada West. For the past two years, these two teams have faced each other in the Gold Medal Game, but this time a berth to the finals is on the line. The USA dominated early and often, winning 5-1 and out shooting Canada West 36-28. The victory puts the United States in line for a potential record third straight Gold Medal at the event, while with the loss Canada West is in line for its worst placing at the event since its inception.

Bronze and Gold

In the Bronze Medal Game, Switzerland came out with their guns blazing and crushed Canada West 8-3 to win a medal in their first ever World Junior A Challenge. Badly outshooting Canada West 44-16, Switzerland has deprived Canada West of a medal for the first time since the tournament began in 2006.

Win or lose, Canada East's fortunes rested on the play of goaltender Jordan Ruby. Ruby's goaltending was phenomenal in the quarter- and semi-final of the tournament stopping 74 of 79 shots. The two-time defending United States had steamrolled all competition in their three tournament games, outscoring their opponents 16-3. From the start of the game it became clear that most of the game was going to end up in the Canada East zone. Winning 2-1 after the first period despite being outshot 14-10, things were looking up for Canada East. Canada East chased USA's Zane Gothberg from the net with two quick goals to build a 4-1 lead, but this seemed not to demoralize the Americans but fire them up. From that point on Jordan Ruby would face roughly 28 shots in the next 33 minutes of play. The play rarely left the Canadian's zone and eventually the Americans climbed back into the game. The Canadians could not must much offence in this time frame, only managing 10 more shots in the final 35 minutes of play. Austin Czarnik would tie the game 4-4 with 4:33 to go and with 3:53 to go Jimmy Mullin scored the winner. The US would score an empty net goal with a minute to go to finish the game and clinch their third straight championship.

Exhibition schedule

Exhibition Results
Game Team Score Team Score Notes Date – Time – Location
Ex1 Canada West 2 Canada East 7 Final - Shots: 25-22 CANE Nov 5, 2010 - 19:00 PST - Vernon, BC
Ex2 Canada West 3 United States 5 Final - Shots: 43-29 USA Nov 6, 2010 - 19:30 PST - Penticton, BC
Ex3 Canada East 4 Russia 7 Final - Shots: 33-30 CANE Nov 6, 2010 - 19:00 PST - West Kelowna, BC

2010 Tournament

Group A

Pool A Standings
Rank Team W-L-OTL GF GA
1 Flag of the United States United States 2-0-0 11 2
2 Flag of Canada Canada East 1-1-0 7 8
3 Flag of Sweden Sweden 0-2-0 3 11

Group B

Pool B Standings
Rank Team W-L-OTL GF GA
1 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 2-0-0 10 5
2 Flag of Canada Canada West 1-0-1 8 7
3 Flag of Russia Russia 0-2-0 3 9


Round Robin Results
Game Pool Team Score Team Score Notes Date – Time – Location
1 A Canada East 1 United States 6 Final - Shots: 37-24 USA Nov 8, 2010 - 16:00 PST - Penticton, BC
2 B Canada West 4 Switzerland 5 OT Final - Shots: 31-28 SUI Nov 8, 2010 - 19:30 PST - Penticton, BC
3 A Sweden 2 Canada East 6 Final - Shots: 36-27 SWE Nov 9, 2010 - 16:00 PST - Penticton, BC
4 B Switzerland 5 Russia 1 Final - Shots: 52-39 SUI Nov 9, 2010 - 19:30 PST - Penticton, BC
5 A United States 5 Sweden 1 Final - Shots: 33-30 SWE Nov 10, 2010 - 16:00 PST - Penticton, BC
6 B Russia 2 Canada West 4 Final - Shots: 53-30 CANW Nov 10, 2010 - 19:30 PST - Penticton, BC

Championship Round

Championship Results
Game Round Team Score Team Score Notes Date – Time – Location
7 Quarter Russia 3 Canada East 4 Final - Shots: 38-30 RUS Nov 11, 2010 - 16:00 PST - Penticton, BC
8 Quarter Sweden 2 Canada West 3 Final - Shots: 33-22 SWE Nov 11, 2010 - 19:30 PST - Penticton, BC
9 5th Plc. Sweden 5 Russia 4 Final - Shots: 29-28 SWE Nov 12, 2010 - 19:30 PST - Penticton, BC
10 Semi Canada East 4 Switzerland 2 Final - Shots: 41-29 SUI Nov 13, 2010 - 14:00 PST - Penticton, BC
11 Semi Canada West 1 United States 5 Final - Shots: 36-28 USA Nov 13, 2010 - 18:00 PST - Penticton, BC
12 Bronze Switzerland 8 Canada West 3 Final - Shots: 44-16 SUI Nov 14, 2010 - 13:30 PST - Penticton, BC
13 Gold Canada East 4 United States 6 Final - Shots: 43-22 USA Nov 14, 2010 - 17:30 PST - Penticton, BC

Final standings

Gold medal icon.svg Flag of the United States.png United States of America
Silver medal icon.svg Flag of Canada Canada East
Bronze medal icon.svg Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
4th Flag of Canada Canada West
5th Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
6th Flag of Russia.png Russia



Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G A P PIM
Flag of Canada Evan Rodrigues Canada East 5 3 4 7 2
Flag of Russia Nikita Kucherov Russia 4 2 5 7 2
Flag of the United States Jimmy Mullin United States 4 6 0 6 2
Flag of Switzerland Gregory Hofmann Canada East 4 4 2 6 6
Flag of Russia Mikhail Grigorenko Russia 4 3 3 6 0
Flag of Canada Scott Wilson Canada East 5 3 3 6 4
Flag of the United States Seth Ambroz United States 4 2 3 5 2
Flag of Canada Zack Hyman Canada East 5 2 3 5 4
Flag of Canada Clarke Breitkreuz Canada West 5 1 4 5 8
Flag of the United States Sam Warning United States 4 2 2 4 2


Please note: 60 mins minimum.

Goalie Leaders
Player Team GP Mins GA SO GAA Sv% Record
Flag of Switzerland Remo Giovannini Switzerland 2 119:41 4 0 2.01 0.941 1-1
Flag of the United States Zane Gothberg United States 4 205:00 7 0 2.05 0.929 3-0
Flag of Canada Jordan Ruby Canada East 5 298:24 18 0 3.62 0.907 3-2
Flag of Russia Oleg Dyatlov Russia 3 143:04 9 0 3.77 0.901 0-2
Flag of Russia Denis Perevozchikov Russia 2 96:55 9 0 5.57 0.877 0-2


Most Valuable Player: Scott Mayfield (United States)

All-Star Team

Forwards: Evan Rodrigues (Canada East), Jimmy Mullin (United States), Mikhail Grigorenko (Russia)
Defense: Scott Mayfield (United States), Tyson Wilson (Canada East)
Goalie: Jordan Ruby (Canada East)


Canada East

Flag of Canada Players: Justin Gilbert, Jordan Ruby, Luke Juha, Tyler McCarthy, Matt Chiarantano, Brennan Serville, Tyson Wilson, Alexandre Tardif, Phil Hampton, Scott Wilson, Tyson Spink, Zach Hyman, Tylor Spink, Evan Rodrigues, Matthew Peca, Jesse Beamish, Mitch Zion, Maxime Dumond, Nick Huard, Kyle Baun, Robert Polesello, Jason Lacroix.

Staff: Curtis Hodgins, Patrice Bosch, Todd Gill, Danielle Korol, Harley Palmer, Paul Gagne, Troy Ryan.

Canada West

Flag of Canada Players: Jameson Shortreed, Matthew Krahn, Nolan Kaiser, Sam Jardine, Craig Bokenfohr, Ben Gallacher, Rhett Holland, Joey Laleggia, Sean Flanagan, Travis St. Denis, Reed Linaker, John Lidgett, Madison Dias, Clarke Breitkreuz, Grayson Downing, Dylan Walchuk, Drew George, Ryan Marshall, Sam Mellor, Brendan O'Donnell, Mitch Van Teeling, Mark MacMillan.

Staff: Andrew Milne, Barry Wolff, Jomar Cruz, Larry Wintoneak, Chad Oliver, Rylan Ferster.


Flag of Russia Players: Denis Perevozchikov, Oleg Dyatlov, Gennady Sabinin, Alexey Vasilevskiy, Vitaly Demakov, Konstantin Vorshev, Nikita Nesterov, Anton Saveliev, Albert Yarullin, Evgeny Palenga, Dmitry Mikhailov, Roman Konkov, Anton Ivanyuzhenkov, Sergey Abramov, Alexey Shamin, Nikita Kucherov, Maxim Shalunov, Sergey Smurov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Alexander Petrov, Vladimir Tkachev, Alexey Shubin.

Staff: Yuri Rumyantsev, Stanislav Shadrin, Vladimir Nikulin, Sergey Raspopov, Yan Vorobiev, Boris Sapronenkov, Oleg Norchenko.


Flag of Sweden Players: Mattius Backman, Rasmus Edstrom, Mattias Granlund, Filip Gunnarsson, Jonas Gunnarsson, Tim Harrysson, Linus Hultstrom, Alexanderq Lagerstrom, Eddie Larsson, Daniel Mannberg, Pontus Netterberg, Joakim Nordstrom, Christian Nyman, Jesper Olofsson, Sebastian Ottosson, Oscar Persson, Viktor Ronnback, Linus Rotbakken, Joakim Ryan, Marcus Sorenson, Erik Thorell, Pathrik Vesterholm.

Staff: Lars Lindgren, Patrik Sundstrom, Christer Hoglund, Krister Holm, Nicklas Lindvall, Jan Johansson, Par Thures.


Flag of Switzerland Players: Luca Camperchioli, Samuel Erni, Samuel Guerra, Gaetan Haas, Yannick Herren, Manuel Holenstein, Gregory Hofmann, Dean Kukan, Raphael Kuonen, Romain Loeffel, Ryan McGregor, Lukas Meili, Benjamin Neukom, Inti Pestoni, Joel Reymondin, Matthias Rossi, Reto Schappi, Tristan Scherwey, Nicholas Steiner, Remo Trub, Joel Vermin, Patrick Zubler.

Staff: Richard Jost, Alex Reinhard, Sergio Soguel, Bruni Suri, Jorg Rutishauser, Johannes Keel, Thomas Ritter.

United States

Flag of the United States Players: Casey DeSmith, Zane Gothberg, Brian Cooper, Tommy Fallen, Aaron Harstad, Nick Mattson, Scott Mayfield, Jordan Schmaltz, Sam Windle, Garrett Allen, Seth Ambroz, Austin Czarnik, Ryan Dzingel, Robert Francis, Max Gaede, Caleb Herbert, Cason Hohmann, Max McCormick, Jimmy Mullin, Michael Parks, Colten St. Clair, Sam Warning.

Staff: P.K. O'Handley, Luke Strand, Justin Lyle, Darren Flinchem, Todd Klein, Marc Boxer, Alan Ashare.

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