With bronze on the line, Canada West wasn’t able to come through when it counted at the World Jr. ‘A’ Challenge in Penticton, B.C.
Knotted at 2-2 with Switzerland heading into the third period of yesterday’s bronze-medal game, the squad allowed six-straight goals en route to an 8-3 defeat to finish without any hardware.
The Swiss blitzed goalie Matthew Krahn with 44 shots, including 36 over the final two frames, while Canada West mustered just 16 all game.
Krahn was named Canada West’s player of the game when all was said and done.
Fort Frances Lakers’ goalie Jameson Shortreed was the back-up goalie in both games but did not see action.
The U.S. won the tournament for the third-consecutive year, tallying three times in the final 4:33 to rally for a 6-4 win over Canada East in yesterday’s gold-medal game.