Gawdin earns silver with Team Pacific

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Broncos rookie forward helps Team Pacific place second at the 10-team World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Nova Scotia

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Swift Current Broncos rookie forward Glenn Gawdin will return to the team with a silver medal after skating for Team Pacific at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Nova Scotia.

Team Pacific advanced all the way to the championship game before losing 4-0 to a dominant United States team that rolled through the tournament. The United States won the tournament for a fourth time, while Pacific remains without a tournament championship, having placed second on six occasions.

The tournament was comprised of five Canadian regional teams and five national teams. This year's tournament was the last to feature the five regional teams, which will be replaced next year by three national teams representing Canada.

Gawdin finished the tournament with three goals and three assists in five games to finish tied for second in team scoring.

Pacific opened the tournament with a 4-3 loss to Quebec and Gawdin scored Pacific's third goal for a 3-2 lead before they allowed two unanswered goals. Pacific rebounded with a 6-3 win over Team West as Gawdin picked up an assist in the victory.

They added a 4-1 win over the Czech Republic as Gawdin scored in the second period for a 3-1 lead. Gawdin scored in a second straight game when he notched the final goal in a 3-1 win over Sweden on Thursday to clinch top spot in the round robin with a 3-1-0 record.

Pacific faced Russia in the semi-final Friday and Gawdin added two assists in a 7-3 win to clinch a spot in the championship game.

Gawdin, a native of Richmond, B.C., has five goals and 10 assists in 38 games during his rookie season with the Broncos.

Team West, comprised of players from Saskatchewan and Manitoba, finished last in the round robin with a 0-3-1 record. Broncos prospect Jackson Keane had one goal and two assists in five games.

Team West opened the tournament with a 6-3 loss to Pacific when Keane assisted on two of the three goals. They followed up with a 5-2 loss to the Czech Republic.

Team West defeated Sweden 3-2 in a shootout when Keane scored the opening goal in the shootout, before suffering a 4-1 loss to Quebec to conclude the round robin.

Team West finished the tournament in ninth place after a 4-3 win over Germany on Friday. Keane scored a second-period goal to tie the game 1-1 in the win.

Keane is currently in his rookie season with the Winnipeg Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The son of former National Hockey Leaguer Mike Keane has seven goals and nine assists in 24 games with the Blues. Keane was drafted by the Broncos in the fourth round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

Broncos draft pick Wyatt Sloboshan was also a member of Team West and failed to register a point in five games. The Vanscoy native was dealt to the Saskatoon Blades in a package for Nathan Burns during the tournament. Sloboshan was the Broncos third-round pick in 2012 with the final draft pick from the Cody Eakin trade.

Organizations: Team Pacific, Winnipeg Blues, Manitoba Junior Hockey League Swift Current Broncos Hockey Canada WHL

Geographic location: Pacific, Quebec, Czech Republic Nova Scotia United States Sweden Russia Richmond Saskatchewan Manitoba Germany Vanscoy

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