The U-17 World Hockey Challenge Tournament will take place in Winnipeg Manitoba December 28th to January 4th. Shinkaruk will likely miss at least 4 Tiger Hockey games during that time frame. Shinkaruk has recently been playing top line minutes alongside Wacey Hamilton and Tyler Pitlick.
Linden Vey had 1 assist during a 7-6 SO Loss to the Russians. Team WHL had a 6-3 lead middle-way through the third period. Vey saw time on both the powerplay and penalty kill and was paired up with Red Deer's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Kamloop's Brendan Ranford. Vey's only assist saw him make a very nice cross ice pass on the powerplay to Saskatoon's Stefan Elliot who buried a hard wrister on net.
Vey was involved in the 5 round shootout. He made a nice move and had the goalie down and deked out, but he failed to lift the puck over an outstretched Russian pad.
Team Russia VS WHL Gamesheet (Game One)
Team Russia VS WHL Gamesheet (Game Two)
Team Russia Defeated Team WHL 5-2. Linden Vey scored a goal and was named the WHL's mvp. I thought Vey looked better in the second game, his feet were moving more and he was hungrier for the puck. He was playing with Brandon's Scott Glennie and the Hitmen's Jimmy Bubnick.
Russia Wins the series for the first time since the series began. I guess the OHL has bragging rights. The OHL won both their games while the WHL, and QMJHL lost both theirs.
There is an article on Gregg Drinnan's blog written by Kamloops sports writer Mark Hunter that talks about how Linden Vey and Joey Frazer had tough times getting to Kamloops with the bad weather.
By MARK HUNTER
Daily News Sports Reporter
“It wasn’t the best trip, but that’s the way it goes,” said Vey, who is from Wakaw, Sask. “You can’t control the weather and you’ve just got to roll with it.”
The original schedule had Vey driving from Medicine Hat to Calgary on Tuesday, then flying to Vancouver and then on to Kamloops. But poor conditions made the Trans-Canada Highway west of Medicine Hat almost impassable, and Vey and Tigers assistant coach Joey Frazer were forced to leave Wednesday.
Even then, the roads were barely navigable — it took Frazer and Vey four hours to make the 270-kilometre journey.
“The roads weren’t the best, but we made it here and that’s the main thing,” Vey said. “There were portions of the road that were very good, and portions that were pure ice and almost undriveable.”
Edit:1 Added Russia vs WHL Game Two