Swift Current Broncos rookie Glenn Gawdin scored a goal for Team Pacific in a 4-3 loss to Team Quebec to open the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Sunday.
Pacific outshot Quebec 31-20 but allowed the final two goals to see a third-period lead slip away.
Quebec led 2-0 after one period but Pacific tied it 2-2 with two second-period goals. Gawdin scored 2:51 into the third period for a 3-2 lead before Quebec scored two unanswered goals. Olivier Tremblay made 28 saves in the win for Quebec. Gawdin took a pass from Braylon Shmyr on a two-on-two rush, beat his defender and slipped the puck through the five-hole of Tremblay after deking to his forehand.
Team Pacific will meet Team West on Monday evening in Sydney, N.S. Team Pacific is comprised of players from British Columbia and Alberta, while Team West is comprised of players from Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
10 teams are taking part in the Under-17 Challenge, five regional teams from Canada, as well as national teams from the Czech Republic, Sweden, Russia, the United States, and Germany.
Gawdin, a 6'1'', 181-pound forward from Richmond, B.C., has five goals and 10 assists in 38 games with the Broncos this season. He was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
Team Pacific features the top nine players selected in the 2009 Bantam Draft, with the exception of Seattle Thunderbirds forward Mathew Barzal, the first overall pick, who is injured.