Wednesday, December 30, 2009

USA Hockey updates from the World Junior Championships in Saskatchewan


From http://www.usahockey.org

Game One:

U.S. National Junior Team Scores Four Second-Period Goals
in 7-3 Victory over Slovakia

Team USA Wins First Game of IIHF World Junior Championship

SASKATOON, Sask. - Team USA overcame an early two-goal deficit and defeated Slovakia by a 7-3 count here tonight in its first game at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

"I was happy with our resiliancy after falling behind early," said Dean Blais, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "We created a lot of scoring chances, and showed a lot of poise after those two quick goals."

Slovakia established a 2-0 lead just more than five minutes into the contest with a pair of power play goals.

Team USA cut the Slovakia lead in half midway through the period when John Carlson (Colonia, N.J.) fired a slap shot through traffic and past goalie Marek Ciliak. Then, just two minutes into the second period, Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y.) knotted the score, 2-2, when he drove to the net, collected his own rebound and fired a shot high over Ciliak's glove.

U.S. captain Derek Stepan (Hastings, Minn./Univ. of Wisconsin) gave Team USA the lead when he fired a shot from the slot past Ciliak five minutes into the middle frame. The U.S. took a 4-2 lead on the power play when Matt Donovan's (Edmond, Okla./Univ. of Denver) shot from the high slot found the back of the net.

Following a Slovakia power-play goal, Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn./Univ. of North Dakota) restored Team USA's two-goal lead heading into the third period when he buried a post-to-post pass from Stepan.

Jordan Schroeder (Prior Lake, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota) extended Team USA's advantage to 6-3, chipping a centering pass from Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J./Univ. of Notre Dame) over Ciliak's blocker less than a minute into the third. Jerry D'Amigo (Binghamton, N.Y./Rensselaer), who was named Team USA's Player of the Game, completed the night's scoring on a give-and-go play with Kristo.

Team USA goalie Mike Lee (Roseau, Minn./St. Cloud State Univ.) turned aside 17 shots in the win, while Ciliak stopped 39 shots in a losing effort.

Next action for Team USA comes tomorrow (Dec. 27) at 3 p.m. CST against Switzerland. The game can be seen live in the U.S. on the NHL Network. It will also be streamed live in the U.S. on FASTHockey.com.

NOTES: Team USA won its first game of the World Junior Championship for the third straight year and sixth time in seven years ... The 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship runs Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. For Team USA's full schedule, click here ... The NHL Network (U.S.) and FASTHockey.com will air every U.S. game live from Saskatoon ... For complete results and stats from the tournament, visit IIHF.com ... For full coverage of the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team, including photos, videos and features, click here.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 1 - 4 - 2 - 7
SVK 2 - 1 - 0 - 3

First Period - Scoring: 1, SVK, Gasparovic (Illo), 2:15 (pp); 2, SVK Bakos (Illo, Marincin), 5:33 (pp2); 3, USA, Carlson (Stepan), 9:34. Penalties: USA, Johnson (high-sticking major, game misconduct), 2:05; USA, Walker (high-sticking), 5:18; SVK, Jankovic (delay of game), 12:07; USA, Team (too many men), 19:00.

Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Morin (unassisted), 2:50; 5, USA, D'Amigo (Carlson, Stefan), 5:39; 6, USA, Donovan (Kreider, Fowler), 6:36 (pp); 7, SVK, Panik (Siska, Viedensky), 13:14 (pp); 8, USA, Kristo (Stepan, D'Amigo), 13:54. Penalties: SVK, Jabornik (interference), 6:22. USA, Jenks (cross-checking), 9:46; SVK, Illo (tripping), 9:53; USA, Gardiner (hooking), 11:22; USA, Zucker (hooking), 15:06; SVK, Stastny (roughing), 15:06.

Third Period - Scoring: 9, USA, Schroeder (Palmieri), :58; 10, USA, D'Amigo (Kristo), 6:34. Penalties: SVK, Illo (hooking), 7:07; SVK, Hrasko (slashing), 8:20; SVK, Illo (slashing), 11:57, SVK, Jabornik (cross-checking), 16:00.


Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 11 16 19 46
SVK 9 7 4 20

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Lee 60:00 9-7 7-6 4-4 20-17
SVK, Ciliak 60:00 11-10 16-12 19-17 46-39

Power Play: USA 1-6; SVK 3-5
Penalties: USA 7-35; SVK 8-16

Game Two:

U.S. National Junior Team Blanks Switzerland, 3-0,
at IIHF World Junior Championship


Campbell Logs 22 Saves in Shutout Effort

SASKATOON, Sask. - Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich.) stopped all 22 shots faced, as the U.S. National Junior Team shut out Switzerland, 3-0, in its second game of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. The U.S. improved its overall record to 2-0-0-0, with two games remaining in the tournament's preliminary round.

"I thought we stuck to our game plan and eventually wore them down," said Dean Blais, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "Both goaltenders played extremely well. I thought Jack really made some key saves in the first period to keep the game scoreless."

Campbell started strong between the pipes, turning aside a a pair of Swiss breakaway attempts and helping Team USA kill a two-man disadvantage in the opening frame.

The U.S. grabbed a 1-0 lead six minutes into the second period on its first power play of the game. Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College) redirected a Cam Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich.) slap shot under Swiss goalie Benjamin Conz for his first tally of the tournament.

Team USA sealed its victory with a pair of third period goals. Matt Donovan (Edmond, Okla./Univ. of Denver) scored his second of the tournament with seven-and-a-half minutes remaining after collecting a pass from Ryan Bourque (Boxford, Mass.) and beating Conz low to the stick side. AJ Jenks' (Wolverine Lake, Mich.) tally four minutes later completed the scoring.

Next action for Team USA comes Tuesday (Dec. 29) at 3 p.m. CST against Latvia. The game can be seen live in the U.S. on the NHL Network. It will also be streamed live in the U.S. on FASTHockey.com.

NOTES: Chris Kreider was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Nine players have combined to score Team USA's 10 goals to date in the tournament ... The 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship runs Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. For Team USA's full schedule, click here ... The NHL Network (U.S.) and FASTHockey.com will air every U.S. game live from Saskatoon ... In other tournament action, Sweden defeated Austria, 7-3, while the Czech Republic will take on Finland and Slovakia will face Latvia later in the day. For complete results and stats from the tournament, visit IIHF.com ... For full coverage of the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team, including photos, videos and features, click here.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

SUI 0 - 0 - 0 - 0
USA 0 - 1 - 2 - 3

First Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Walker (interference), 9:51; USA, Carlson (delay of game), 10:56.

Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Kreider (Fowler, Stepan), 5:57 (pp). Penalties: SUI, Schappi (holding), 5:03; SUI, Camperchioli (hooking), 6:32; SUI, Niederreiter (tripping), 12:05; USA, Warsofsky (tripping), 17:36.

Third Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Donovan (Bourque, Palmieri), 12:35; 3, USA, Jenks (Warsofsky, Morin), 16:36. Penalties: SUI, Camperchioli (tripping), 1:44; SUI, Fuglister (hooking), 9:09.


Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
SUI 14 5 3 22
USA 11 23 15 49

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
SUI, Conz 60:00 11-11 23-22 15-13 49-46
USA, Campbell 60:00 14-14 5-5 3-3 22-22

Power Play: SUI 0-3; USA 1-5
Penalties: SUI 5-10; USA 3-6
Attendance: 12,853

Game Three:

U.S. National Junior Team Defeats Latvia, 12-1,
at IIHF World Junior Championship


Team USA Clinches Quarterfinal Berth

SASKATOON, Sask. - Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College) scored three times and three other U.S. players notched two goals each, as the U.S. National Junior Team defeated Latvia, 12-1, in its third game of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. The U.S. improved to 3-0-0-0 and clinched a quarterfinal berth with one game remaining in the preliminary round.

"We moved the puck well and did what we had to in the first period," said Dean Blais, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "I was happy that we finished strong in the final period, because I knew that however we performed would carry over into our next game against Canada."

The U.S. jumped out to a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game when Danny Kristo's (Eden Prairie, Minn./Univ. of North Dakota) wrist shot beat Latvia goalie Janis Kalnins to the glove side. Following a Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev.) tip-in goal, Kristo potted his second of the game for Team USA's first of five power-play goals on the night.

AJ Jenks (Wolverine Lake, Mich.) and Kreider each netted their second goals of the tournament on the power play at 14:40 and 19:03 of the first period. Tyler Johnson (Spokane, Wash.) completed the opening period's scoring with a backhand tally at 19:38 for a 6-0 U.S. lead.

Both teams traded power-play goals in the second period, with Kreider collecting his second of the game with a wrist shot from the slot.

Team USA extended its lead in the third period, as Derek Stepan (Hastings, Minn./Univ. of Wisconsin) scored twice and Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y.) collected a power-play goal of his own. Kreider completed his hat trick on a penalty shot, beating Kalnins low on the forehand with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

U.S. goalie Mike Lee (Roseau, Minn./St. Cloud State Univ.) finished the night with 18 saves, while Kalnins stopped 50 shots.

Next action for Team USA comes Thursday (Dec. 31) at 7 p.m. CST against Canada. The game can be seen live in the U.S. on the NHL Network. It will also be streamed live in the U.S. on FASTHockey.com.

NOTES: Tyler Johnson, who contributed one goal and one assist in the contest, was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Derek Stepan (2-2) and Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.Y./Univ. of Notre Dame/0-4) led Team USA with four points each ... With a win against Canada, the U.S. would clinch first place in Group A and receive a bye into the tournament's semifinal round ... The 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship runs Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. For Team USA's full schedule, click here ... The NHL Network (U.S.) and FASTHockey.com will air every U.S. game live from Saskatoon ... In other tournament action, the Czech Republic defeated Austria, 7-1, while Canada will take on Slovakia and Russia will face Sweden later in the day. For complete results and stats from the tournament, visit IIHF.com ... For full coverage of the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team, including photos, videos and features, click here.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 6 - 1 - 5 - 12
LAT 0 - 1 - 0 - 1

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Kristo (McRae, Palmieri), 2:30; 2, USA, Zucker (Bourque, Donovan), 9:40; 3, USA, Kristo (McRae, D'Amigo), 11:12 (pp); 4, USA, Jenks (Lashoff, Morin), 14:40 (pp); 5, USA, Kreider (Schroeder, Stepan), 19:02 (pp); 6, USA, Johnson (Lashoff, Gardiner), 19:38. Penalties: LAT, Vilkoits (tripping), 3:55; LAT, Upitis (high-sticking), 10:54; LAT, Mazins (hooking), 13:49; USA, Schroeder (holding), 15:42; LAT, Ulescenko (hooking), 18:07.

Second Period - Scoring: 7, LAT, Kauss (Bukarts, Cinks), 7:00 (pp); 8, USA, Kreider (Schroeder, Stepan), 9:38 (pp). Penalties: LAT, Lipsbergs (hooking), 1:22; USA, Lashoff (high-sticking), 4:25; USA, Warsofsky (slashing), 4:53; USA, Warsofsky (roughing), 4:53; LAT, Freibergs (roughing), 4:53; USA, Bourque (slashing), 5:42; LAT, Upitis (high-sticking), 7:51; USA, Bourque (hooking), 11:46; USA, Team (too-many men); 18:56.

Third Period - Scoring: 9, USA, Stepan (Johnson, Palmieri), 1:22; 10, USA, Zucker (Ramage, Gardiner), 7:49; 11, USA, Stepan (Palmieri, D'Amigo), 9:42; 12, USA, Kreider (penalty shot), 18:46; 13, USA, Morin (Palmieri, Ramage), 19:30 (pp). Penalties: USA, Donovan (high-sticking), 4:11; LAT, Cinks (tripping), 4:57; LAT, Cinks (interference, penalty shot), 18:46; LAT, Mickevics (hooking), 19:10.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 20 17 25 62
LAT 6 6 7 19

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Lee 60:00 6-6 6-5 7-7 19-18
LAT, Kalnins 60:00 20-14 17-16 25-20 62-50

Power Play: USA 5-8; LAT 1-7
Penalties: USA 8-16; LAT 9-18
Attendance: 11,494

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