Nanaimo Clippers forward Sheldon Rempal scored twice, but it wasn't enough as Canada West allowed three unanswered goals in a 3-2 loss to Switzerland in the fifth place game at the World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. Penticton defenseman Dante Fabbro had an assist on Rempal's first goal.
The loss means Switzerland finishes fifth while Canada West ends up with its lowest finish ever at the tournament in sixth. The previous worst showing for Canada West was fourth back in 2010. The game summary is available here.
Overall, BCHL players account for five of the top six scorers on Canada West at this year's tournament, led by Vees rookie forward Tyson Jost, who finishes with two goals and an assist in four games. Denmark faces the United States for the gold medal on Saturday.
The BC Intercollegiate Hockey League and its players are now officially into their winter break as the students get a respite from school before the term starts in early January.
The winter semester portion of the schedule fires up on Friday, January 9. Eastern Washington University rookie F Beau Walker enters 2015 leading the BCIHL in assists (15) and points (25). Trinity Western University F Cody Fidgett, who's only been held off the scoreboard three times in 12 games this season, is second with 23 points, including a league-leading 15 goals.
Dylan Hykawy from the University of Victoria leads all defensemen in goals (10) and points (15). His ten goals are also tied for third overall in the league. The 21-year-old rookie never scored more than six goals in a season during three years of junior A hockey in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. TWU blueliner Jake Harcoff is second in d-man scoring with a goal and 13 assists.
Between the pipes, TWU goaltender Silas Matthys and Selkirk College netminder James Prigione are tied for top goals-against-average (2.48). Matthys is tops in wins with eight, two more than Simon Fraser University's Andrew Parent.
Trinity Western boasts the goaltenders with the two best save percentages, with Matthys number-one at .926 and Aaron Oakley second at .915. Matthys, Parent and SFU back-up Jordan Liem each have one shutout this season. No other goaltender has one.