Ontario, Quebec play for semifinal spot at Under-17 Challenge
Ontario and Quebec will have one more shot at advancing to the semifinals at the under-17 world hockey challenge.
Spencer Watson scored a hat trick as Ontario cruised to an 11-1 victory over Atlantic on Tuesday, while Alexis Pepin had two goals including the game winner as Quebec edged Slovakia 3-2.
Ontario (2-1) and Quebec (2-1) will play each other in the final game of the round robin Wednesday, with the winner heading to a semifinal match against the United States.
Elsewhere at the tournament it was: Sweden 7, Russia 4; and Pacific 5, Finland 4 (SO).
At Drummondville, Que., Ontario outshot Atlantic 60-13 and became the first team since Pacific in 2006 to score at least 10 goals in a game twice in one tournament after beating Slovakia 12-0 on Sunday.
The loss dropped Atlantic to 1-3.
Dante Salituro was Ontario’s top scorer with two goals and two assists, while Michael Dal Colle had two goals and a helper.
Later, Pepin and Vincent Deslauriers gave Quebec a 2-0 lead in the first period before goals by Matej Palocko and Adrian Holesinsky tied the game for Slovakia (0-3).
But Pepin’s goal at 11:14 in the third put Quebec ahead and kept the team’s semifinal hopes alive.
Sweden 7 Russia 4
At Victoriaville, Que., Oskar Lindblom had two goals and an assist as Sweden beat Russia (1-2) to finish the round robin unbeaten through four games.
Pacific 5 Finland 4 (SO)
At Victoriaville, Que., Jake Viranen scored twice and added the shootout winner for Pacific (2-1), which held off Finland (1-2) to hold the head-to-head tiebreaker for the last semifinal spot.