Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Canada West drops exhibition game to United States

(Photo Credit to Hockey Canada)

Sweden 6, Canada East 4 – Charles V. Keating Centre

·       Victor Eklund scored twice as Sweden earned a 6-4 win in their only pre-tournament game.

·       Vincent Gauthier (St-Zotique, QC/Valleyfield, LHJAAAQ), Jack Rimmer (Toronto, ON/Collingwood, OJHL)Dylan Edwards (Moncton, NB/Miramichi, MHL) and Andry Reist (Waterloo, ON/Cobourg, OJHL) scored for Canada East.

·       Dawson Labre (Les Cèdres, QC/Smiths Falls, CCHL) and Sebastian Gatto (Leamington, ON/Leamington, OJHL) split the game and combined to make 31 saves.


United States 4, Canada West 1 – Rath Eastlink Community Centre

·       The United States scored four unanswered goals to beat Canada West in their pre-tournament opener.

·       Rylan Brown (Winnipeg, MB/Niverville, MJHL) scored the lone goal for Canada West.

·       Eric Roest (Lethbridge, AB/Sherwood Park, AJHL) and Johnny Hicks (Kamloops, BC/Brooks, AJHL) split the game and combined to make 30 saves.


Next games – December 10

  • Sweden vs. Canada West – 3:30 p.m. AT
  • Slovakia vs. Canada East – 7:30 p.m. AT




“I thought it was a good effort, probably better than we expected for our first game. We certainly have to clean up some of our habits and smaller details, I know we can be better. There was a nervous excitement with the group to start but I feel as the game went on it kind of went away and we started playing harder. This game could have gone either way and we’re happy with the effort.”

  • Canada East head coach Billy McGuigan (Summerside, PE/Summerside, MHL) on seeing his team in game action for the first time.


“We started a bit slow tonight, but I think that was expected. We got a couple nice goals and were right in it with them until the end. We have a good group in there and have some things to touch up, but I think we’re happy with what we saw tonight.”

  • Rimmer on getting the nerves out of the system.


“It was a good sixty minutes, we just couldn’t find a way to get one to make it close. I thought the goals we gave up, we kind of handed to them, but that’s hockey. Good thing for us is that we have a good day of practice planned tomorrow and can get ready to start the tournament.”    

  • Canada West head coach Scott Barney (Oshawa, ON/Humboldt, SJHL) on the loss


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