WJAC: World champs

Canada West won the World Junior A Hockey Challenge at the Langley Events Centre. - Gary Ahuja/Langley Times
Canada West won the World Junior A Hockey Challenge at the Langley Events Centre.
— image credit: Gary Ahuja/Langley Times

The best of the West was too much for the beasts of the East.

Carson Cooper and Aaron Hadley scored two minutes apart early in the third period to break open a one-goal hockey game en route to a 4-2 Canada West victory over Canada East in the gold medal game at the World Junior A Hockey Challenge at the Langley Events Centre on Sunday.

After a scoreless first period, Evan Richardson opened the scoring 1:14 into the second.

Kerfoot doubled the lead nearly nine minutes later, before Canada East's Michael Neville got them on the board.

But Cooper and Hadley scored in the first 2:33 of the third to give Canada West a lead they would not relinquish.

Daniel Milne did pull Canada East to within a pair when he scored with 5:24 left but that would be the last puck to get past Canada West goaltender Sean Maguire.

Maguire finished 22 with 22 saves while his counterpart, Adrian Ignagni stopped 24.

In the bronze medal game on Saturday, it was the United States blanking Sweden 5-0.

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