Cholowski and Canada West through to semi

Canada West is on track for a gold-medal game appearance if they can get past Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge.

Chilliwack Chief Dennis Cholowski and his Canada West teammates pulled off a minor upset at the World Junior A Hockey Challenge.

Their team toppled the U-S 3-2 Tuesday in Cobourg, ON.

Though Canada West is historically no slouch at this tournament, the Americans had a 14 game winning streak and had won five of the seven previous head to head meetings.

Penticton Vee Tyson Jost led the offence with two assists, setting up the game winning goal early in the third period.

Vernon Viper Liam Finlay sniped the decisive goal to give his team a 3-1 lead.

The United States pulled within one less than three minutes later, but couldn’t slip another past Canada West keeper Matthew Murray (Spruce Grove, AJHL).

Brett Orr (Portage, MJHL) and Noah Bauld (Lloydminster, AJHL) also scored for Canada West, which secured a bye into the semi-finals.

Cholowski didn’t record a point.

His crew faced Canada East in a match later today with the winner moving on to face either the U-S or Russia in Saturday’s gold medal game.

That game will be played at 1 p.m. PST and a link to streaming video can be found on the schedule page at

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