Friday, December 28, 2012

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U.S. National Junior Team Tops Germany, 8-0,
in Opening Game of IIHF World Junior Championship
Galchenyuk, Barber, Kuraly Combine for Eight Points
UFA, Russia – The U.S. National Junior Team topped Germany, 8-0, in its opening game of the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship here tonight at Ufa Arena. Twelve different players recorded points for Team USA, including eight different goal scorers. The line
of Sean Kuraly (Dublin, Ohio/Miami Univ.), Alex Galchenyuk (Milwaukee, Wis./Sarnia Sting) and Reilly Barber(Livonia, Mich./Miami Univ.) starred, combining for three goals and five assists.

"Overall, we played a well-balanced game," said Phil Housley, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "We got the start we needed to build a good pace and flow to the game. One thing I was really proud of was that when we did have the lead we didn't get away from the team game. We realized what got us the lead and they really focused on being aware of that over the three periods so I was really pleased with that."
Team USA got the tournament off to a fast start, scoring just 19 seconds into the first frame. After breaking out of their own zone, Kuraly, Galchenyuk and Barber took advantage of an odd-man rush. The trio snuck past the Germany defense with two crisp passes before Kuraly deked German goaltender Marvin Cupper for the game's first tally. Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich./Univ. of Michigan) pushed the U.S. lead to two at the 8:30 mark. Blake Pietila(Brighton, Mich./Michigan Tech) cycled the puck down low before finding Trouba on the point. Trouba collected the pass and sent a hard wrist-shot low into the net. Just 1:24 later, Galchenyuk made it a 3-0 game. Walking the puck up out of the corner, Galchenyuk found ample space to circle around the faceoff circle and skate down into the slot before putting the puck into the top corner of the net.
Barber got the U.S. off to another fast start in the second stanza, scoring his second goal just 14 seconds into the middle frame on a Galchenyuk feed. At the 6:33 marker, Shayne Gostisbehere (Margate, Fla./Union College) scored the first power-play goal for Team USA. Taking a feed from Seth Jones (Plano, Texas/Portland Winterhawks), Gostisbehere hammered a one-timer into the top corner. Less than two minutes later, Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill./Plymouth Whalers) capitalized to give the U.S. a 6-0 lead. Cole Bardreau (Fairpoint, N.Y./Cornell Univ.) exposed a botched line change by Germany and found Pietila streaking down center ice for a breakaway. Cupper made the initial stop, but Hartman picked up the rebound for the tally. The U.S. then killed a five-on-three Germany power play, featuring five stops from U.S. goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Kitchener Rangers), giving him 19 stops through two periods before being replaced by Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine/Providence College).
In the final frame, Team USA killed off three straight penalties before J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio/Connecticut Whale) stole the puck during four-on-four play to give the U.S. a 7-0 lead. Jones scored the eighth U.S. goal, making it eight different goal scorers on the day for the U.S.
Gibson stopped all 19 shots he faced for the win, while Gillies picked up seven stops for the U.S. and Cupper turned in a 38 save performance for Germany.

Team USA next plays Friday (Dec. 28) in Ufa, Russia, against the host country. Game time is 8 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) with NHL Network (DirectTV 215, Dish 403) broadcasting live and streaming live.

NOTESAlex Galchenyuk was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... 12 different players notched points for the U.S. .. For the most thorough coverage of Team USA at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, click here ... NHL Network is broadcasting all Team USA games live and re-airing them in prime time each night. is also streaming all games live ... Phil Housley (South St. Paul, Minn.), head boy's ice hockey coach at Stillwater (Minn.) High School, is the head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team. He is assisted by Mark Osiecki (Columbus, Ohio), head men's ice hockey coach at Ohio State University, Grant Potulny (Minneapolis, Minn.), assistant men's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota and David Lassonde (Denver, Colo.), assistant men's ice hockey coach at the University of Denver ... Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the fourth consecutive year. Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.) is the director of player personnel ... Use the hashtag #USAWJC to join the conversation on Twitter.

Scoring By Period

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Kuraly (Galchenyuk, Barber), 0:19; 2, USA, Trouba (Pietila), 8:30; 3, USA, Galchenyuk (Kuraly, Barber), 9:54. Penalties: GER, Kahun (tripping), 2:30; GER, Kranthaler (tripping), 5:23; GER, Draisaitl (interference), 10:18; USA, Kuraly (cross-checking), 17:19.
Second Period – Scoring: 4, USA, Barber (Galchenyuk), 0:14; 5, USA, Gostisbehere (Jones, Grimaldi), 6:33 (pp); 6, USA, Hartman (Pietila, Bardreau), 7:55. Penalties: GER, Ackermann (tripping), 5:06; USA, Trouba (interference), 12:47; USA, McCabe (holding), 13:08; GER, Reimer (hooking), 16:02.
Third Period – Scoring: 7, USA, Miller, 8:36; 8, USA, Jones (unassisted), 10:32. Penalties: USA, Biggs (interference), 1:45; USA, Trocheck (tripping), 2:26; USA, McCabe (tripping), 4:40; GER, Mebus (roughing), 8:06; USA, Galchenyuk (cross-checking), 8:06.
Shots by Period
Goaltender (SH/SV)123Total
USA, Gibson, 40:009/910/10--19/19
USA, Gillies, 20:00----7/77/7
GER, Cupper, 60:0011/1417/2010/1238/46

Power Play:
 USA 1-5; GER, 0-6
Penalties: USA 7-14; GER, 6-12
2013 IIHF World Junior Championship ScheduleDec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013 • Ufa, Russia • Ufa Arena 
Time (Local/EST)/Result
Thurs., Dec. 20
USA vs. Sweden*W, 3-2 OTNHL Network
Sat., Dec. 22
Finland vs. USA*L, 1-5NHL Network
Thurs., Dec. 27
USA vs. GermanyW, 8-0NHL Network/
Fri., Dec. 28
USA vs. Russia8:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.NHL Network/
Sun., Dec. 30
USA vs. Canada3:30 p.m./4:30 a.m.NHL Network/
Mon., Dec. 31USA vs. Slovakia4:00 p.m./5:00 a.m.NHL Network/
Wed., Jan. 2
Quarterfinal #1
Quarterfinal #2
5:00 p.m./6:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m./8:00 a.m.
NHL Network/
NHL Network/
Thurs., Jan. 3
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
5:00 p.m./6:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m./8:00 a.m.
NHL Network/
NHL Network/
Sat., Jan. 5
Bronze Medal Game
Gold Medal Game
5:00 p.m./6:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m./8:00 a.m.
NHL Network/
NHL Network/
*pre-tournament game in Helsinki, Finland


Queen Mary II of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III on this date in 1694.


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Today in Elvis History

1954 - 
The Elvis Presley single "Milkcow Blues Boogie"/"You're a Heartbreaker" was released. 

1954 - It was announced that Elvis Presley had signed a management contract with Bob Neal.


Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union on this date in 1846.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
The "New Yorker" printed an interview with Beatles manager Brian Epstein. It was the first serious press the Beatles received in the United States.


On this date in 1956, after five years on television, the last "Ding Dong School" was aired on NBC-TV.


Today in Sports History:

1902 - 
The first professional indoor football game was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Syracuse defeated the Philadelphia Nationals 6-0.

1918 - Georges Vezina (Montreal Canadiens) became the first NHL goalie to record an assist. The assist came on a goal by Newsy Lalonde.

1958 - The Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants 23-17 in overtime in the NFL Championship.

1975 - The Dallas Cowboys won the NFC divisional playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings with a Hail Mary with only 24 seconds left.

2003 - New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was released from the hospital. The previous day he had fainted at a memorial service.

2003 - Jamal Lewis (Baltimore Ravens) became the fifth NFL player to run for 2,000 yards in a season. He ended the season with 2,029 yards.

2003 - Mike Vanderjagt (Indianapolis Colts) set a new NFL record when he kicked his 41st consecutive field goal.

2003 - James Holmes (Kansas City Chiefs) set an NFL record with his 27th touchdown of the season.


On this date in 1964, initial filming of the movie "Dr. Zhivago" began on location near Madrid, Spain. The movies total running time is 197 minutes.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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Saturday --

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs. Texas Longhorns 6:45pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers  at Atlanta Falcons 1:00pm EST


That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow!

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