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Posted On Wednesday, 01.02.2013 / 8:46 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Swiss and Russia all even after one period

Switzerland continues to surprise at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Minnesota Wild prospect Christoph Bertschy scored a shorthanded goal midway through the first period on Wednesday to give the Swiss a 1-1 tie with favored Russia in the quarterfinals of medal round competition at Ufa Arena.

Russia opened a 1-0 lead 6:07 into the first when Alexander Khokhlachyov connected for a power-play goal. The Swiss just missed scoring shorthanded at the start of the Russian power-play when lightning-quick Bertschy stole a pass and just missed tucking home a shot into the right-hand corner on Andrei Vailevskiy at the 4:59 mark.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.02.2013 / 7:07 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Americans rout Czechs, earn rematch with Canada

The United States. National Junior Team was clicking on all cylinders Wednesday, scoring a 7-0 victory against the Czech Republic in quarterfinal-round action of the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

The United States advances to play Canada in the semifinal round Thursday. Canada, which beat the Americans 2-1 in the preliminary round, won Group B to earn a bye into the semifinals.

John Gaudreau notched the hat trick -- the first for an American at the WJC since Austin Watson's natural hat trick last year. Gaudreau, who was named the U.S. player of the game, has five goals during his past two games after going scoreless in the first three preliminary round contests.

Additionally, Riley Barber scored twice, Seth Jones and Jacob Trouba each had four assists and goalie John Gibson made 31 saves in the triumph.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.02.2013 / 6:53 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. defeats Czech Republic, 7-0

The United States National Junior Team was clicking on all cylinders on Wednesday en route to scoring a 7-0 victory over the Czech Republic in quarterfinal-round action of the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

The United States now advances to play Canada in the semifinal round on Thursday. Canada, which beat the Americans 2-1 in the preliminary round, won Group B to earn a bye into the semifinals.

John Gaudreau notched the hat trick -- the first for an American at the WJC since Austin Watson's natural hat trick last year. Gaudreau, who was named the U.S. player of the game, has five goals over his last two games after going scoreless in the country's opening three preliminary-round contests.

Additionally, Riley Barber scored twice, Seth Jones and Jacob Trouba each had four assists and goalie John Gibson made 30 saves in the triumph.

The U.S. finished the game with five power-play goals, picking up where it left off in its final preliminary-round victory over Slovakia on Monday when it struck for four goals with the man advantage.


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Posted On Wednesday, 01.02.2013 / 5:49 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Gaudreau scores three; U.S. opens 6-0 lead on Czechs

The United States National Junior Team struck for five goals in the second period to open a 6-0 lead against the Czech Republic on Wednesday in quarterfinal-round action of the medal round at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Riley Barber and John Gaudreau each scored twice and Ryan Hartman also fired in a goal as the United States was working on all cylinders to open a comfortable lead through 40 minutes. Gaudreau's second of the period, a power-play marker off a cross-ice feed from J.T. Miller, was his third of the game -- all with the man advantage.

The United States has scored four power-play goals on six attempts.

Gaudreau connected for his second power-play goal of the game just 28 seconds into the second when he collected a pass from Trouba and jammed home a shot at the right post. Hartman scored off a big rebound in the left circle after Jacob Trouba had taken a big shot that Czech goalie Patrik Bartosak couldn't control.


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Posted On Wednesday, 01.02.2013 / 3:15 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. set for medal round opener vs. Czech Republic

One year ago, the U.S. National Junior Team suffered an agonizing defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic in preliminary round action at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

The loss assured that the United States would not advance to the medal round for the first time since 1999.

The Americans are determined not to let history repeat itself Wednesday on an even bigger stage when they meet the Czechs in their opener of the 2013 WJC medal round in Ufa, Russia (4 a.m. ET, NHL.com, NHLN-US, TSN).

The winner of Wednesday's quarterfinal-round game will advance to play Canada in the semifinals. Canada, which beat The Americans 2-1 in the preliminary round, won Group B and earned a bye into the semifinal round Thursday.

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Posted On Monday, 12.31.2012 / 1:41 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

A 'Boone' to the Canadian lineup

Watch WJC on NHL Network-US

NHL Network-US is the home of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship with coverage of more than 15 games as well as highlights and analysis.
* Game to be live streamed on NHL.com

(Medal Round Replays To Be Announced)
QUARTERFINALS:
Wed Jan. 2 4:00 AM USA vs. CZE 5:30 PM
Wed Jan. 2 8:00 AM RUS vs. SUI 8:00 PM
SEMIFINALS:
Thurs Jan. 3 4:00 AM TBD 5:30 PM
Thurs Jan. 3 8:00 AM TBD 8:00 PM
MEDAL ROUND
BRONZE: 
Sat Jan. 5 4:00 AM TBD 5:30 PM
GOLD:
Sat Jan 5 8:00 AM TBD 8:00 PM

For the first time at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, Canadian coach Steve Spott got a good glimpse of what his team can accomplish with a full complement of players.

The bottom line is this. It's pretty impressive.

Third-line checking forward Boone Jenner finally returned to the lineup on Monday against Russia after serving a three-game suspension for a pre-tournament hit on Sweden's Jesper Pettersson in the second period of a Dec. 22 contest in Helsinki, Finland. Pettersson suffered a broken wrist and a dislocated shoulder on the play.

His return gave Spott 13 forwards to work with for the first time at the event. It also gave the veteran coach one more top penalty-killer at his disposal.

"He brings more of a forecheck presence," Spott said. "We want to be an aggressive team on the forecheck and he gives you that element. He's going to be a tremendous leader one day for the Blue Jackets, and he is a tremendous leader for us right now."

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound power-forward didn't register a point in his return, but basically did everything else in his first game of the tournament -- a 4-1 victory over the rival Russians that enabled Canada to clinch a first-round bye into the semifinals of the medal round.

"It was awesome," Jenner told TSN. "I mean, my adrenaline had been going since I woke up [Monday] morning. We knew the arena was going to be electric and we wanted to feed off of that energy, so I've been raring to go and thinking about that game so it was good to get out there and back on the ice."


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Posted On Sunday, 12.30.2012 / 11:50 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

WJC roundup: Slovaks, Finns, Czechs all win Sunday

The Slovakian National Junior Team moved one step closer to advancing into the medal round of the 2013 World Junior Championship on Sunday following a 2-1 overtime decision against Germany in Ufa, Russia.

New York Rangers prospect Peter Ceresnak, the only player on the Slovakian roster to be drafted by an NHL team, blasted a shot from the left circle that beat German goalie Marvin Cupper high on the short side. Ceresnak's goal, off an assist from top 2013 draft-eligible prospect Marko Dano, came 1:40 into the extra period and with Slovakia on the power play.

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Posted On Sunday, 12.30.2012 / 10:09 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Is lack of offense a cause for concern for U.S.?

In successive losses to Russia and Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship, the U.S. National Junior Team has only managed two goals.

Both those markers have come off the stick of a defenseman -- Jacob Trouba.

The United States had eight different goal scorers in an 8-0 victory over Germany in its tournament opener on Thursday, including one each from forwards Sean Kuraly, Alex Galchenyuk, Riley Barber, J.T. Miller and Ryan Hartman.

Now facing a must-win situation against Slovakia on Monday in Group B play, that win over Germany seems like an eternity ago right about now for U.S. fans.


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Posted On Sunday, 12.30.2012 / 7:11 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada defeats Americans in Group B showdown

The Canadian National Junior Team received stellar play from goalie Malcolm Subban in surviving a late scare and earn a 2-1 victory against the United States on Sunday in a Group B showdown at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

The United States pulled to within 2-1 in the third period when Jacob Trouba scored his team-leading third goal of the tournament. Trouba collected a cross-ice feed from Alex Galchenyuk and ultimately batted at a loose puck that found the back of the net behind Subban at the 11:02 mark. It would be Subban's only blemish in an otherwise fantastic performance.

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Posted On Sunday, 12.30.2012 / 6:06 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada maintains 2-0 lead over U.S. after two periods

The Canadian National Junior Team, bolstered by big performances from its top players, continues to hold a 2-0 lead against the United States after two periods Sunday in Group B play of the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome connected for first-period goals and goalie Malcolm Subban has made 25 saves, including 15 in the second.

Canada was forced to kill a double-minor penalty to defenseman Griffin Reinhart for high sticking at 6:52 of the second. Ryan Hartman was fouled by Reinhart after the American forward established position down low in the Canadian end.

Canada's penalty killers did a fantastic job of keeping the U.S. players to the perimeter for much of four-minute advantage. When the puck did find a seam, Subban, who was credited with eight saves during the power-play, was there to shut the door.


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