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Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 1:20 PM

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

What it all means for Canada, U.S. after two games

Now that the United States and Canada have played two preliminary-round games in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, here's a brief primer on what it all means.

The function of the preliminary round for each country is to establish seeding in each of the five-team groups, A and B. After a four-game schedule, the three teams with the most points at the end of Group play advance to the medal round at Ufa Arena beginning Jan. 2.

The first-place team earns an automatic bye into the semifinals, and the second- and third-place teams will play a crossover quarterfinal-round match with the winners advancing to the semis. The loser will play a placement game. The survivor of the semifinal round moves on to the gold-medal game, while the loser competes for bronze.

What does this setup mean for Canada and the United States?

Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 11:34 AM

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

Tkachyov, Makarov lead Russia over U.S., 2-1

Vladimir Tkachyov scored the decisive goal early in the third period and goalie Andrei Makarov made it stand behind a solid 41-save performance as the Russian National Junior Team scored a 2-1 victory over the United States on Friday in Group B action of the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Makarov, who was earning his first start in the tournament, made 15 saves in the third period and was named Russia's player of the game. U.S. goalie John Gibson was stellar in defeat with 28 saves.

The victory moves Russia into second place in Group B with five points (one regulation win, one overtime win). The United States, which will next face first-place Canada (six points) on Sunday, drops to third with three points.

Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 10:40 AM

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

Trouba pulls U.S. even after two periods

The United States and Russia are all even after two periods of Friday's 2013 World Junior Championship matchup in Ufa, Russia.

Defenseman Jacob Trouba pulled the United States into a 1-1 tie when he ripped a slap shot from the point past Russian goalie Andrei Makarov 13:18 into the second. Alex Galchenyuk gathered the puck in the right circle before feathering a pass to Trouba at the point. Trouba's shot appeared to tip off the leg of Russian forward Daniil Zharkov, who went down to one knee to block the attempt.

The Russians played with much more energy in the early stages of the second, but the U.S. dictated much of the action in the end. The U.S. held a 17-11 edge in shots in the second and hold a 27-19 advantage for the game.

Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 9:40 AM

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

Russia opens early lead on United States

The Russian National Junior Team has gained the early edge on the United States in the opening period of its 2013 World Junior Championship matchup in Ufa, Russia, on Friday.

The host country opened a 1-0 lead just 2:42 into the first when Albert Yarullin one-timed a shot from the left circle off a pass from Nikita Nesterov on the power play. Nail Yakupov also assisted on the goal, which appeared to deflect off U.S. defenseman Jake McCabe in front before eluding goalie John Gibson.

Makarov, an undrafted free-agent signee of the Buffalo Sabres, made an extraordinary stop on John Gaudreau less than a minute before his team gained the lead. Gaudreau broke in 3-on-1 before taking a pass at the right post from J.T. Miller. Makarov slid to his left and denied the U.S. forward with a nifty toe save to keep the game scoreless.

Makarov made 10 saves and Gibson turned aside seven for the United States.

Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 8:20 AM

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

Team USA adjusts roster, sets lineup for Russia

Here's the lineup the United States will employ against Russia in its second game at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Group B:

John Gaudreau - J.T. Miller - Rocco Grimaldi

Alex Galchenyuk - Sean Kuraly - Riley Barber

Blake Pietila - Cole Bardreau - Ryan Hartman

Mario Lucia - Vincent Trocheck - Tyler Biggs

Jimmy Vesey

Mike Reilly-Seth Jones

Shayne Gostisbehere-Jacob Trouba

Jake McCabe-Connor Murphy

Patrick Sieloff

John Gibson will start in goal, with Jon Gillies serving as the backup.

Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 7:57 AM

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

Canada rallies to defeat Slovakia; two players ejected

The Canadian National Junior Team rallied from a two-goal deficit despite having two players ejected from the game en route to a 6-3 victory over Slovakia on Friday at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

After spotting the Slovaks a 3-1 lead when Marko Dano scored his second of the game at the 10:35 mark of the second, Canada connected for five straight goals. Mark Scheifele's deflection with just 59 seconds remaining in the second gave Canada its first lead, 4-3. Scheifele, a first-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 2011, was named Canada's player of the game.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome, who connected for a pair of goals in the game, completed the scoring in the third. Defenseman Morgan Rielly finished with a goal and two assists for Canada.

"As a team [this win] is going to help us down the road," Rielly told the media after the game. "We understood that each team in the tournament is pretty good and we have to play well every night. Obviously we were put to the test [Friday] and we played well down the stretch."

Canadian goalie Malcolm Subban finished with 25 saves on 28 shots.

"Malcolm was great and there was a flurry in the third where he was great and that's what we need from him," Nugent-Hopkins said.

Subban stopped all 13 shots he faced in the final period against the pressing Slovaks.


Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 6:55 AM

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

Canada rallies to defeat Slovakia, 6-3

The Canadian National Junior Team rallied from a two-goal deficit despite the absence of two players ejected from the game en route to a 6-3 victory over Slovakia on Friday at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

After spotting the Slovaks a 3-1 lead when Marko Dano scored his second of the game at the 10:35 mark of the second, Canada connected for five straight goals. Mark Scheifele's goal with just 59 seconds remaining in the second gave Canada its first lead, 4-3. Scheifele was named Canada's player of the game.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome, who connected for a pair of goals, completed the scoring in the third. Defenseman Morgan Rielly finished with a goal and two assists for Canada.

Canada goalie Malcolm Subban finished with 25 saves on 28 shots.

The victory gives Canada two victories and six points in two games in the Group B field. The country will next face the United States on Sunday.


Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 6:24 AM

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

Canada leads Slovakia, 4-3, through two periods

The Canadian National Junior Team has taken a 4-3 lead through two periods over feisty Slovakia despite the absence of two players in its 2013 World Junior Championship match on Friday at Ufa Arena in Russia.

Top 2013 draft-eligible prospect Marko Dano of Slovakia has two goals and one assist. Dano's power-play goal 10:35 into the second had given Slovakia a 3-1 lead before Canada connected for three straight goals, including a pair of power-play markers.

Canada will be forced to carry on in the third without the services of forwards J.C. Lipon and Anthony Camara. Lipon was given a game misconduct after being whistled for checking to the head at 13:39 of the first. Camara was also thrown out of the game after being whistled for a charging penalty on defenseman Patrik Luza at 6:21 of the second.

Camara's hit on Luza, who had his head down while playing the puck in his zone, left the Slovak motionless for a few seconds before he was carted off on a stretcher. He was taken to the local hospital for precautionary measures.


Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 5:29 AM

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

Slovaks open 2-0 lead over Canada

After taking Russia to the limit in its opening game of the 2013 World Junior Championship, the Slovak National Junior Team has duplicated that effort in 20 minutes of work against favored Canada on Friday at Ufa Arena in Russia.

Top 2013 draft-eligible prospect Marco Dano has produced a goal and one assist and goalie Adam Nagy has made five saves to give Slovakia a 2-0 lead over the Canadians. Canada entered the game with an all-time 7-0-1 mark against Slovakia in the WJC.

Dano opened the scoring when he jammed home a shot past goalie Malcolm Subban from in the crease 2:53 into the first. Dano fought off a check from Brett Ritchie in the slot before receiving a pass from Matus Matis and sliding home his first goal of the tournament.

Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 3:56 AM

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

Canada braces for Slovakia in Group B action

Here's the lineup Canada will open with against Slovakia for its second game at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship:

Jonathan Huberdeau-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-Mark Scheifele

Ryan Strome-Brett Ritchie-Jonathan Drouin

J.C. Lipon-Phillip Danault-Mark McNeill

Ty Rattie-Anthony Camara-Nathan MacKinnon

Scott Harrington - Dougie Hamilton

Xavier Ouellet-Griffin Reinhart

Morgan Rielly-Tyler Wotherspoon

Ryan Murphy

Malcolm Subban

Jordan Binnington

Canada opened the tournament with a 9-3 preliminary-round victory over Germany on Wednesday.

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