Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday Morning Meissnervations




It's Monday. Here's what's happening.

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Today is December 31st, the 366th day of 2012. There are 0 days left in the year.

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NHL, Union expected to meet again Monday.

Remembering those NHL family members lost in 2012.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com/.


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The first Huguenots set sail from France for the Cape of Good Hope on this date in 1687, where they would later create the South African wine industry with the vines they took with them on the voyage.


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U.S. Downs Russia, 7-0, At 2013 IIHF Women’s World U18 Championship
Katherine Schipper and Megan Wolfe each post three points in the victory

VIERUMAKI, Finland – The U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team recorded a 7-0 victory over Russia today in the team’s opening game of the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Under-18 Championship. Katherine Schipper (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and Megan Wolfe (Eagan, Minn.) each recorded three points (1-2—3) in the win to lead a Team USA offense that featured seven different goal scorers.
“I thought it was a good opening win,” said U.S. Head Coach Jeff Kampersal (Pennington, N.J.). “We haven’t had much practice time (but) our kids came together and I thought we played fairly well.”
The U.S. opened scoring on the power play at 9:03 of the first period when Sidney Morin (Chanhassen, Minn.) found the back of the net with a shot from the left point.  Wolfe’s tap-in off feeds from Schipper and Maddie Rolfes (West Des Moines, Iowa) at 16:11 and Maliya Rodgers’ (Minnetonka, Minn.) tally from the slot at 17:15 gave Team USA a three-goal lead heading into the first intermission.
Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, N.Y.) and Grace Zarzecki (Chicago, Ill.) each picked up their second points of the game when Cianfarano netted a shot from the left side at 8:54; Team USA’s only goal of the second period.
The U.S. tacked on three more goals to the final score in the last 20 minutes of the game, scored by Schipper, captain Danielle Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.), and Jincy Dunne (O’Fallon, Mo.).  Schipper’s goal was the second power-play goal of the contest for Team USA, while Dunne’s tally was the second goal by a U.S. defenseman.
Team USA will play its second game of the tournament tomorrow (Dec. 30) against Czech Republic at 2 p.m. local time (7 a.m. EST) in Heinola, Finland.
NOTES: Katherine Schipper was named Team USA’s player of the game … Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn.) celebrated her 17th birthday today … Thirteen different U.S. players recorded at least one point in the game and five players gave multiple-point efforts … Team USA goaltender Sidney Peters (Geneva, Ill.) recorded seven saves in the shutout … The U.S. went 2-for-4 on the power play and was 1-for-1 on the penalty kill … Final stats can be viewed here.
Game Summary 
Scoring by Period
1
2
3
F
RUS0000
USA3137
First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Morin (Cianfarano, Zarzecki), 9:03 (pp); 2, USA, Wolfe (Schipper, Rolfes), 16:11; 3, USA, Rodgers (Laing, Kent), 17:15. Penalties: RUS, Bocharova (body checking), 8:03.

Second Period – Scoring: 4, USA, Cianfarano (Zarzecki, Wellhausen), 8:54.  Penalties: Bulatova (interference), 19:25.

Third Period – Scoring: 5, USA, Schipper (Wolfe), 6:45 (pp); 6, USA, Cameranesi (Dunne, Pannek), 13:07; 7, USA, Dunne (Wolfe, Schipper), 16:01. Penalties: RUS, Nikolayeva (cross-checking), 6:12; USA, bench (too many players), 8:35; RUS, Vorontsova (head contact), 18:50; RUS, Vorontsova (misconduct), 18:50.
Shots on Goal
1
2
3
Total
RUS
4
2
1
7
USA
18
6
24
48

Goaltenders (SV-SH)
1
2
3
Total
RUS, Morozova, 46:45
15-18
5-6
10-11
30-35
RUS, Shukina, 13:15
-
-
11-13
11-13
USA, Peters, 60:00
4-4
2-2
1-1
7-7
Power play: RUS, 0-1; USA, 2-4
Penalties:
 RUS, 5-18; USA, 1-2
2013 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship
December 29, 2012 - January 5, 2013 - Heinola & Vierumäki, Finland
Date
Opponent
Location
Time (Local/EST)
Sat., Dec. 29Russia*Arena VierumäkiW, 7-0
Sun., Dec. 30
Czech Republic*
Arena Heinola
2 p.m./7 a.m.
Tues., Jan. 1
Sweden*
Arena Heinola
2 p.m./7 a.m.
Wed., Jan. 2
Quarterfinals
TBD
TBD
Fri., Jan. 4
Semifinals
TBD
TBD
Sat., Jan. 5
Gold Medal/Bronze Medal Games
TBD
TBD
* denotes preliminary round competition

U.S. National Under-17 Team Clips Canada Ontario in Shootout, 6-5,
in Opening Game at 2013 World Under-17 Challenge 
Eichel Notches Two Goals in Victory
VICTORIAVILLE, Quebec – Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) notched two goals, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team clipped Canada's Team Ontario in a shootout, 6-5, in its opening game at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge here today at the Colisee Desjardins.
"Our hard work paid off tonight," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "The guys will take a few minutes to enjoy this, but the most important game in this tournament is the next one and we need to stay focused."
Ontario scored first off a one-timer at 10:55 of the opening frame. The goal was scored with a 5-on-3 advantage after consecutive U.S. penalties were whistled. Team USA was given its own two-man advantage late in the period, but did not convert and entered the first intermission down, 1-0.
Ryan Hitchcock (Manhasset, N.Y.) knotted the game for Team USA off an offensive zone faceoff just 33 seconds into the second stanza. Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) won the initial draw to create the chance. Ontario struck back at 1:57 to regain the lead, 2-1. The U.S. found itself down two scores after Ontario netted a shorthanded tally at 4:44. Ontario potted its third goal in a row at 11:25 to go up, 4-1, over the Americans. Eichel capitalized on a turnover and deked netminder Brent Moran out of position to cut the Ontario lead in half, 4-2, before time expired on the period.
Team USA started its comeback bid at 2:59 of the third period when Keegan Iverson (St. Louis Park, Minn.) blasted a shot that found the back of the net. Jared Fiegl (Parker, Colo.) and Dominic Turgeon (Cherry Hills, Colo.) assisted on the marker. Eichel scored his second of the game on the power play at 9:14 to tie the game, 4-4, before Ontario regained the lead 22 seconds later. Sonny Milano's (Massapequa, N.Y.) score at 11:39 proved to be the final goal in regulation and the squads entered a five-minute overtime. Chris Wilkie (Omaha, Neb.) and Jack Glover (Golden Valley, Minn.) recorded assists on Milano's goal.
Ontario put two shots on net in the overtime, while the U.S. had one, but nothing got through and the game would be decided by a shootout. U.S. goaltender Chris Birdsall (Glen Rock, N.J.) stopped all three shooters he faced and Milano scored the lone goal of the shootout to give Team USA the win.
Birdsall made 25 saves in the victory, while Ontario's Moran turned aside 28 shots in the loss.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team continues tournament play against Canada's Team Atlantic tomorrow (Dec. 30), in Victoriaville, Quebec at the Colisee Desjardins. Puck drop is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EST. A complete schedule can be found below.
NOTES: Jack Eichel was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... Forwards Keegan Iverson and Dominic Turgeon play for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, while Austin Poganski (St. Cloud, Minn.) skates for Cathedral High School in St. Paul, Minn. Netminder Chris Birdsall suits up for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League, while the other 18 players on the roster come from the U.S. National Under-17 Team that is part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program based in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... The 2013 World Under-17 Challenge includes two pools of five teams. Pool A consists of teams from Finland, Canada's Team Pacific, Russia, Sweden and Canada's Team West. Pool B consists of teams from Canada's Team Atlantic, Canada's Team Ontario, Canada's Team Quebec, Slovakia and the United States ... The U.S. enters the tournament having captured first place three times (2001-02, 2010) and second place in 1999, 2008, 2011, 2012 ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #WU17 ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Facebook page ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team trains with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary new software program released on October 1, 2010, that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.
GAME SUMMARY
Scoring By Period
ONT1 -3 -1 -0 -0 -5
USA0 -2 -3 -0 -1 -6


First Period - Scoring: 1, ONT, Ekblad (Bennett, McDavid), 10:55, (5-on-3). Penalties: USA, Collins (interference), 7:30; USA, Iverson (elbowing), 10:35; USA, Bliss (slashing), 10:41; ONT, Ekblad (hooking), 15:40; ONT, De Sousa (tripping), 16:46; ONT, Lindo (cross-checking), 18:27.
Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Hitchcock (Larkin), 0:33; 3, ONT, Ho-Sang (Salituro, Petti), 1:57; 4, ONT, De Sousa (McCann, Dal Colle), 4:44, (sh); 5, McDavid (Prophet), 11:25; 6, USA, Eichel (unassisted), 17:38. Penalties: ONT, Fabbri (boarding), 3:34; USA, Fiegl (slashing), 14:37; ONT, McKeown (cross-checking), 20:00.
Third Period - Scoring: 7, USA, Iverson (Fiegl, Turgeon), 2:59; 8, Eichel (unassisted), 9:14, (pp); 9, ONT, Bennett (McDavid, Ekblad), 9:36; 10, USA, Milano (Wilkie, Eichel), 11:39, (pp). Penalties: USA, MacLeod (roughing), 3:36; ONT, Salituro (high-sticking), 3:36; USA, Eichel (hooking), 4:15; USA, Bliss (high-sticking), 7:02; ONT, De Sousa (tripping), 8:33; ONT, Ekblad (cross-checking), 10:56.
Overtime Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: None.
Shootout - First Round: ONT, McDavid (save); USA, Milano (goal). Second Round: ONT, Ho-Sang (save); USA, Turgeon (save). Third Round: ONT, Bennett (save).

Shots by Period
1
2
3
OT
Total
ONT1099230
USA91013133
Goaltenders (SH/SV)123OTTotal
ONT, Moran, 65:009/910/813/101/133/28
USA, Birdsall, 65:0010/99/69/82/230/25





Power Play: ONT 1-6; USA 2-7
Penalties: 
ONT 8-16; USA 7-14

Team USA 2013 World Under-17 Challenge ScheduleDec. 28, 2012 - Jan. 4, 2013 • Drummondville and Victoriaville, Quebec
DateOpponentLocationTime/ResultLive Streaming
Fri., Dec. 28Canada Pacific*Centre Marcel DionneW, 6-2
Sat., Dec 29Canada OntarioColisee DesjardinsW, 6-5 (SO)
Sun., Dec. 30Canada AtlanticColisee Desjardins1:30 p.m.FASTHockey
Mon., Dec. 31Canada QuebecColisee Desjardins7:30 p.m.FASTHockey
Weds., Jan. 2SlovakiaCentre Marcel Dionne1:30 p.m.FASTHockey
Thurs., Jan. 3SemifinalCentre Marcel Dionne7:30 p.m.FASTHockey
SemifinalColisee Desjardins7:30 p.m.FASTHockey
Fri., Jan. 4Third-Place GameCentre Marcel Dionne3:00 p.m.FASTHockey
Championship GameColisee Desjardins7:30 p.m.FASTHockey
*Pre-tournament game

U.S. National Junior Team Toppled by Canada, 2-1,
in 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship
Trouba Scores in Third Consecutive Game
UFA, Russia – The U.S. National Junior Team was tripped up by Canada, 2-1, here tonight at Ufa Arena in the preliminary round of the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. The loss drops Team USA to 1-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) with one game remaining in the preliminary round.

"We had our opportunities to tie or win the game," said Phil Housley, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "We have to eliminate our mistakes, and that includes penalties. Thankfully, our penalty killers stayed composed and were great tonight. In net, John Gibson certainly kept us in the game. Now, we have to regroup and get ready for Slovakia tomorrow."
Canada opened the scoring at 7:13 of the first period and added another goal at 14:44 to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Despite a four-minute power play early in the second stanza and quality scoring chances by Cole Bardreau(Fairpoint, N.Y./Cornell Univ.) and Alex Galchenyuk (Milwaukee, Wis./Sarnia Stings), Team USA was unable to find the back of the net.
In the final frame, Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich./Univ. of Michigan) pulled the U.S. within one on the power play. After goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Kitchener Rangers) stopped a Canadian two-on-one, Trouba jumped into the U.S. rush going the other way. Mike Reilly (Chanhassen, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota) fed Galchenyuk who then found Trouba cutting through the right faceoff circle. Trouba's initial shot was broken up, but he knocked the rebound between the legs of goalie Malcolm Subban.

Team USA's momentum was stopped by four consecutive penalties in the final eight minutes. After killing a pair of five-on-three disadvantages, the U.S. received a power play with 1:37 to play. Unfortunately, the U.S. could not tally the equalizer.
Each goalie received his team's respective Player of the Game award. Gibson stopped 30 shots for the U.S., while Subban turned aside 36 shots for Canada.

Team USA concludes preliminary round play against Slovakia on Monday (Dec. 31) in Ufa, Russia. A victory would advance the U.S. into the playoff round as the No. 3 seed in Group B. Game time is 4:00 p.m. local time (5:00 a.m. ET) with NHL Network (DirectTV 215, Dish 403) broadcasting live and NHL.com streaming live.

NOTES: 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. NHL.com 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.

GAME SUMMARY
Scoring By Period
Team123Total
USA0011
CAN2002


First Period – Scoring: 1, CAN, Nugent-Hopkins (Huberdeau, Schiefele), 7:13; 2, CAN, Strome (Ritchie, Camara), 14:44. Penalties: USA, Barber (slashing), 11:15; CAN, Strome (slashing), 18:19.
Second Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: CAN, Reinhart (high sticking), 6:52 (double-minor); USA, Jones (slashing), 12:11.
Third Period – Scoring: 3, USA, Trouba (Galchenyuk, Reilly), 11:02 (pp). Penalties: CAN, Subban (tripping), 7:35; CAN, Strome (delaying the game), 9:52; USA, McCabe (checking to the head), 12:06; USA, McCabe (10-minute misconduct), 12:06; USA, Biggs (goaltender interference), 13:30; USA, Hartman (checking to the head), 15:50; USA, Hartman (10-minute misconduct), 15:50; USA, Trouba (interference), 15:50; USA, Trocheck (cross-checking), 16:25; CAN, Huberdeau (slashing), 16:25; CAN, Nugent-Hopkins (boarding), 18:23.
Shots by Period
1
2
3
Total
USA10151237
CAN1181332
Goaltender (SV/SH)123Total
USA, Gibson, 58:589/118/813/1330/32
CAN, Subban, 60:0010/1015/1511/1236/37








Power Play:
 USA 1-5; CAN, 0-4
Penalties: USA 7-34; CAN, 6-14
2013 IIHF World Junior Championship ScheduleDec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013 • Ufa, Russia • Ufa Arena 
Date
Matchup
Time (Local/EST)/Result
Broadcast/Streaming
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/NHL.com
Fri., Dec. 28
USA vs. RussiaL, 1-2NHL Network/NHL.com
Sun., Dec. 30
USA vs. CanadaL, 1-2NHL Network/NHL.com
Mon., Dec. 31USA vs. Slovakia4:00 p.m./5:00 a.m.NHL Network/NHL.com
Wed., Jan. 2
Quarterfinal #1
Quarterfinal #2
3:00 p.m./4:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m./8:00 a.m.
NHL Network/NHL.com
NHL Network/NHL.com
Thurs., Jan. 3
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
3:00 p.m./4:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m./8:00 a.m.
NHL Network/NHL.com
NHL Network/NHL.com
Sat., Jan. 5
Bronze Medal Game
Gold Medal Game
3:00 p.m./4:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m./8:00 a.m.
NHL Network/NHL.com
NHL Network/NHL.com
*pre-tournament game in Helsinki, Finland
U.S. Blanks Czech Republic, 10-0, at 2013 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship
Eight Team USA players post multiple-point games
HEINOLA, Finland  - The U.S Women’s National Under-18 team rolled to a 10-0 victory over the Czech Republic today in the squad’s second game of the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation U18 Women’s World Championship.  Eight players put forth multiple-point efforts for Team USA and goaltender Alexis Shaw (Troy, Mich.) made 10 saves in the team’s second shutout of the tournament.
“Our team played a good game overall,” said U.S. Head Coach Jeff Kampersal (Pennington, N.J.).  “We focus each game on establishing our attack right away and our kids took care of business. (They were great) in terms of their preparation and being ready to go right from the opening draw, and we were excited about that.”
The U.S. jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first period, fueled by two goals from Amy Menke (Shakopee, Minn.) and three goals that came in the span of 1:38 near the midway point of the period.  Three players, Maddie Rolfes (West Des Moines, Iowa), Gracen Hirschy (Fort Wayne, Ind.), and Menke, all recorded two points in the first 11 minutes of the game.
Team USA added two more goals to its total in the second stanza.  Megan Wolfe (Eagan, Minn.) capitalized on her chance with 11 seconds left on a power play at 6:33 and Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, N.Y.) netted the first of her two tallies in the game at 15:16.
Cianfarano notched her second goal early in the third period and Baylee Wellhausen (Williams Bay, Wis.) scored her first goal of the tournament on the power play at 13:51.  Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn.) capped off scoring for the U.S. with just 19 seconds left in the game, becoming the third member of Team USA to score two goals in the contest.
The U.S. will get a day off from competition tomorrow before finishing up preliminary round action against Sweden on Tuesday (Jan. 1) at 2 p.m. local time (7 a.m. EST).
NOTES: Maddie Rolfes was named Team USA’s player of the game … Taylar Cianfarano, who had three points (2-1—3) in today’s game, currently leads the team in points through two games with five (2-3—5) … The U.S. is the only team in the tournament that has yet to concede a goal … Final stats from today’s game can be viewed here.
Game Summary 
Scoring by Period
1
2
3
F
USA
5
2
3
10
CZE
0
0
0
0
First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Menke (Hirschy, Rolfes), 2:01 (pp); 2, USA, Zarzecki (Rolfes), 4:19; 3, USA, Menke (Hirschy, Schipper), 10:48; 4, USA, McKenna (Laing), 11:29; 5, USA, Pannek (Piazza), 12:26. Penalties: CZE, Vanisova (body checking), 0:24; USA, Piazza (high-sticking), 7:19; CZE, Walicova (body checking), 17:39.

Second Period – Scoring: 6, USA, Wolfe (Ryan, Schipper), 6:33 (pp); 7, USA, Cianfarano (Willard), 15:16. Penalties: CZE, Brotankova (interference), 4:44; CZE, Laskova (tripping), 8:07, CZE, Pribylova (tripping), 11:18; CZE, Pelikanova (roughing), 15:40.

Third Period – Scoring: 8, USA, Cianfarano (Wellhausen), 4:35; 9, USA, Wellhausen (Dunne, Willard), 13:51 (pp); 10, USA, Pannek (Piazza, Cameranesi), 19:41. Penalties: CZE, Pribylova (body checking), 5:50; CZE, bench (too many players), 12:30.
Shots on Goal
1
2
3
Total
USA
22
20
11
53
CZE
2
1
7
10

Goaltenders (SV-SH)
1
2
3
Total
USA, Shaw, 60:00
2-2
1-1
7-7
10-10
CZE, Peslarova, 30:30
17-22
11-12
-
28-34
CZE, Dvorakova, 29:30
-
7-8
8-11
15-19
Power play: USA, 3-8; CZE, 0-1
Penalties:
 USA, 1-2; CZE, 8-16
2013 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship
December 29, 2012 - January 5, 2013 - Heinola & Vierumäki, Finland
Date
Opponent
Location
Time (Local/EST)
Sat., Dec. 29Russia*Arena VierumäkiW, 7-0
Sun., Dec. 30
Czech Republic*
Arena Heinola
W, 10-0
Tues., Jan. 1
Sweden*
Arena Heinola
2 p.m./7 a.m.
Wed., Jan. 2
Quarterfinals
TBD
TBD
Fri., Jan. 4
Semifinals
TBD
TBD
Sat., Jan. 5
Gold Medal/Bronze Medal Games
TBD
TBD
* denotes preliminary round competition

U.S. National Under-17 Team Bests Canada Atlantic, 6-3, at
2013 World Under-17 Challenge 
Larkin Scores One Goal and Adds Two Assists in Victory
VICTORIAVILLE, Quebec – Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) scored one goal and added two assists, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team bested Canada's Team Atlantic, 6-3, at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge here today at the Colisee Desjardins. With the win, Team USA's record moves to 1-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L).
"We did a job of getting pucks on net and playing physical," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "It was important for us to earn three points in the standings and now we'll prepare for Quebec."
Atlantic scored first with the man advantage at 6:10 of the first period. Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.) netted a rebound goal on the power play at 7:47 to tie the game, 1-1. Ryan Collins (Bloomington, Minn.) had the initial shot on goal. Chris Wilkie (Omaha, Neb.) also assisted on the play. Team USA took the lead 24 seconds later whenJared Fiegl (Parker, Colo.) jammed the puck past Atlantic netminder Antoine Landry. Keegan Iverson (St. Louis Park, Minn.) and Joshua Wesley (Raleigh, N.C.) collected helpers on the tally. The U.S. extended its lead, 3-1, whenNathan Billitier (Spencerport, N.Y.) wristed a shot into the back of the net from just inside the blue line. Wilkie earned his second assist on the night on the power-play strike. Atlantic countered with its own special teams goal at 18:11 to inch closer to the U.S., who held on to a 3-2 lead after one period.
Team USA scored the lone goal in the middle frame when Larkin knocked the puck into the net as it slid through the crease. Johnathan MacLeod (Dracut, Mass.) and Ryan Bliss (Bedford, N.H.) assisted on the tally. The U.S. outshot Atlantic, 18-4, in the period.
Austin Poganski (St. Cloud, Minn.) tipped a Jack Glover (Golden Valley, Minn.) shot into the net at 3:59 of the final frame, giving Team USA a three-goal cushion. It was the third goal tallied with the man advantage for the U.S. Atlantic closed the gap, 5-3, at 10:05 with its third power-play marker of the game. All of Atlantic's goals came on the power play. On a delayed penalty call, Collins wristed a shot past Landry to seal the victory for the Americans, 6-3.Brandon Fortunato (North Hills, N.Y.) and Larkin assisted on Collins' goal.
Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) made 20 saves in the win for Team USA, while Landry kicked out 40 shots in the loss for Atlantic.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team continues tournament play against Canada's Team Quebec tomorrow (Dec. 31), in Victoriaville, Quebec at the Colisee Desjardins. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. A complete schedule can be found below.
NOTES: Dylan Larkin was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... Team USA outshot Atlantic, 46-23 ... The U.S. finished 3-for-7 on the power play, while Atlantic went 3-for-9 with the man advantage ... The 2013 World Under-17 Challenge includes two pools of five teams. Pool A consists of teams from Finland, Canada's Team Pacific, Russia, Sweden and Canada's Team West. Pool B consists of teams from Canada's Team Atlantic, Canada's Team Ontario, Canada's Team Quebec, Slovakia and the United States ... The U.S. enters the tournament having captured first place three times (2001-02, 2010) and second place in 1999, 2008, 2011, 2012 ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #WU17 ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development ProgramFacebook page ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team trains with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary new software program released on October 1, 2010, that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visitUSAHockeyIntelliGym.com.
GAME SUMMARY
Scoring By Period
USA3 -1 -2 -6
ATL2 -0 -1 -3


First Period - Scoring: 1, ATL, MacIntyre (Bishop), 6:10, (pp); 2, USA, Milano (Collins, Wilkie), 7:47, (pp); 3, USA, Fiegl (Iverson, Wesley), 8:11; 4, USA, Billitier (Wilkie), 13:57, (pp), 5, ATL, Highmore (Tibbo, Kielly), 18:11, (pp). Penalties: USA, Tuch (roughing), 5:50; ATL, Quillan (slashing), 6:49; ATL, Moody (charging), 13:34; USA, Billitier (hooking), 17:19.
Second Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Larkin (MacLeod, Bliss), 12:05. Penalties: ATL, White (holding), 5:50; ATL, Hynes (hooking), 16:32; USA, Milano (hooking), 16:37; ATL, Yetman (tripping), 19:30.
Third Period - Scoring: 7, USA, Poganski (Glover, Larkin), 3:59, (pp); 8, ATL, Bishop (Deschenes, MacIntyre), 10:05, (pp); 9, USA, Collins (Fortunato, Larkin), 13:47. . Penalties: ATL, Pugsley (tripping), 2:03; USA, MacLeod (checking-to-head), 5:06; USA, MacLeod (10-minute-misconduct), 5:06; USA, Iverson (hooking), 7:59; USA, Bjork (tripping), 9:46; USA, Bjork (hooking), 10:41; ATL, Noel (tripping), 16:22; USA, Larkin (hooking), 17:23; USA, Bliss (roughing), 19:31.

Shots by Period
1
2
3
Total
USA16181246
ATL841123
Goaltenders (SH/SV)123Total
USA, Minney, 60:008/64/411/1023/20
ATL, Landry, 60:0016/1318/1712/1046/40





Power Play: USA 3-7; ATL 3-9
Penalties: 
USA 10-28; ATL 7-14

Team USA 2013 World Under-17 Challenge ScheduleDec. 28, 2012 - Jan. 4, 2013 • Drummondville and Victoriaville, Quebec
DateOpponentLocationTime/ResultLive Streaming
Fri., Dec. 28Canada Pacific*Centre Marcel DionneW, 6-2
Sat., Dec 29Canada OntarioColisee DesjardinsW, 6-5 (SO)
Sun., Dec. 30Canada AtlanticColisee DesjardinsW, 6-3
Mon., Dec. 31Canada QuebecColisee Desjardins7:30 p.m.FASTHockey
Weds., Jan. 2SlovakiaCentre Marcel Dionne1:30 p.m.FASTHockey
Thurs., Jan. 3SemifinalCentre Marcel Dionne7:30 p.m.FASTHockey
SemifinalColisee Desjardins7:30 p.m.FASTHockey
Fri., Jan. 4Third-Place GameCentre Marcel Dionne3:00 p.m.FASTHockey
Championship GameColisee Desjardins7:30 p.m.FASTHockey
*Pre-tournament game

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The window tax was imposed in Britainon this date in 1695, which resulted in many windows being bricked up.

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In the end, there is this truth for the No. 15 Oregon State football team: The Beavers (9-4) still have a lot to improve on.

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On this date in 1841, the State of Alabama enacted the first dental legislation in the U.S.

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On this date in 1857, Britain's Queen Victoria decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.

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Tampa, FL. —The Buccaneers capped their 2012 campaign on a high note Sunday in the Georgia Dome, defeating the Falcons 24-17 behind a swarming performance from the Tampa Bay defense

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U.S. President Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union on this date in 1862.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching Canada-Russia hockey, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1955 - 
Elvis Presley's single "I Forgot To Remember" hit #1 on the U.S. Country chart.

1960 - The album "Elvis' Christmas Album" re-charted at #33 in the U.S.

1966 - Elvis Presley's song "If Every Day Was Christmas" hit #9 in the U.K.

1968 - In the U.K., the TV special "Elvis" aired on BBC2-TV.

1975 - Elvis Presley grossed $816,000 for a single performance in Pontiac, MI.

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On this date in 1877, U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes became the first U.S. President to celebrate his silver (25th) wedding anniversary in the White House.

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Today in Beatles History:

1970 - 
Paul McCartney filed a suit to dissolve the Beatles.

1971 - The Beatles broke up.

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On this date in 1879, Thomas Edison gave his first public demonstration of incandescent lighting to an audience in Menlo Park, NJ.

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Today in Sports History:

1967 - 
The Green Bay Packers won the National Football League championship game by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 21-17. The game is known as the Ice Bowl since it was played with a wind chill of 40 degrees below zero.

1971 - The NHL announced that it had awarded a franchise to the New York Islanders.

1972 - Roberto Clemente (Pittsburgh Pirates) was killed in a plane crash near Puerto Rico while flying relief supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims.

1984 - ESPN debuted in Hawaii, making it available in all 50 states.
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On this date in 1891, New York's new Immigration Depot was opened at Ellis Island, to provide improved facilities for the massive numbers of arrivals.

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