Team Canada Black’s Tag Bertuzzi battles with Team Canada White’s Jaxon Bellamy in the opening game of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Hockey Canada Images

Vees get first win with Team Canada

Penticton players competing at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for Team Canada

Penticton Vees’ Massimo Rizzo and Luke Reid got their first win under their skates at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, held in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John until Nov. 11.

Both of the players suited up for Team Canada Black on Sunday to help earn a victory over Team Canada White, 1-0. Nolan Maier (Yorkton, Sask./Yorkton, SJHL) stopped all 28 shots he faced for the shutout.

Related: Penticton duo selected to play for Team Canada

Black carried the play in the first period, holding an 11-8 advantage in shots on goal, and struck on its first power-play opportunity; the rebound of a Kaedan Korczak (Yorkton, Sask./Kelowna, WHL) shot popped back into the slot and onto the stick of Beaucage, who beat White goaltender Taylor Gauthier (Calgary, Alta./Prince George, WHL) just shy of the midway mark of the opening frame.

That would be it for offence, as Maier and Gauthier combined to stop 56 of 57 shots.

Canada Black next takes on the Czech Republic (7 p.m. MT) on Monday.

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