Canada West downs Canada East 6-1 at World Junior A Challenge

"All we can do is give our maximum effort."

Canada West earned its second straight victory at the World Junior A Challenge, defeating Canada East 6-1 on Monday. Hockey Canada

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BONNYVILLE — Canada West earned its second straight victory at the World Junior A Challenge, defeating Canada East 6-1 on Monday.

Harrison Blaisdell led the offence with two goals and an assist for the defending champion Canada West team, which opened the tournament Sunday night with a win over the United States in a rematch of last year’s gold-medal final.

“It’s really important (starting with two wins), especially for the confidence of the group so we know that we can do it,” said Canadian defenceman Jeremie Bucheler. “We have a good group and all we can do is give our maximum effort and I think we’ll keep doing well.”

Austin Wong also scored twice, Luke Bast had a goal and a helper and Ethan Leyh rounded out the offence.

Riley McCutcheon had the lone goal for Canada East.

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