SAULT STE. MARIE, O.N. – Fort St. John native Tristen Nielsen made his mark on the 2016 U17 World Hockey Challenge on opening day yesterday.
Playing for the defending champion team of Canada White, Nielsen helped his squad to win their first game of the tournament’s round robin against team Canada Black yesterday. Nielsen got White off to an early lead, wiring a shot past Team Black goaltender Jacob Ingham from the high slot just 3:29 into the first period.
While both only combined for just 13 shots on goal in the second period, Nielsen doubled White’s advantage just before the midway mark of the middle frame, jamming home the rebound after Akil Thomas had thrown a backhand on net. Team Black picked up their game in the third, outshooting White 15-7, but it could only manage to score one goal. Just over two minutes later, Nielsen completed the hat trick and earned Canada White some insurance with a gorgeous one-timer.
Canada White faces a tough test when they meet the United States at 1:00 p.m. Pacific today.