Team Ontario ended an already disappointing 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 7-6 loss to Team Pacific on Thursday afternoon in Victoriaville finishing the tournament in sixth place.
Connor McDavid (Erie Otters) paced Ontario with two goals and an assist, finishing the tournament with a team-leading nine points in five games.
The teams traded six goals in the first period, with Pacific cancelling out a trio of one-goal leads for Ontario, before Pacific took three leads of its own, only to see Ontario come back and tie the game before Conner Bleackley of the Red Deer Rebels netted the game-winner at 18:29 of the third period.
Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts), Jaden Lindo (Owen Sound Attack), Jacob Middleton (Owen Sound Attack) and Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs) had the other goals for Ontario, while Dante Salituro (Ottawa 67’s) added two assists.
Guelph Storm prospect Matthew Mancina got the start in goal and stopped 16 of 22 shots through two periods, before Brent Moran (Niagara IceDogs) played the third period allowing one goal on three shots.
Team Ontario, made up of 21 current OHL players, finished the tournament with a 2-3 record, equaling the number of losses it had in the last three tournaments combined. This event also marks the worst finish for Ontario since 1988 when they also finished in sixth place.