Brandon Wheat Kings prospect Ryley Lindgren scored one goal and set up another as Team West defeated Slovakia 5-2 in an exhibition game on Friday in Saint-Pierre-les-Bécquets, Que.
Wawanesa’s Jordan Thomson added one goal for Team West, while Elkhorn’s Travis Sanheim chipped in with one helper in a warm-up game for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Victoriaville and Drummondville, Que. Wheat King forward Jayce Hawryluk took a tripping penalty, while Virden Oil Capitals goalie Ty Edmonds did not play. Team West, which begins the tournament today versus Sweden, also includes Wheat King assistant coach David Anning and Brandonite Jody Norminton as its equipment manager.
Meanwhile, Wheat King prospect Jordan Papirny surrendered four goal in his 29:48 of game time as Team Pacific fell 6-2 to the United States in their warm-up contest at Drummondville. Wheat Kings forward John Quenneville did not register any points in the game.
Team Pacific will open tournament play today against Russia. West and Pacific are in the same pool and will meet on Wednesday in the final preliminary game for both teams. The playoffs begin the next day, with the tournament wrapping up on Friday, Jan. 4.
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