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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 4:17 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. keeps same lineup for gold-medal game

To no surprise, the United States will stick with the same lineup it had in Thursday's semifinal win against Canada for Saturday's gold-medal game against Sweden (8 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN).

The top trio of J.T. Miller between John Gaudreau and Jimmy Vesey has combined for nine goals and 21 points in its last three games.

For its fourth-ever appearance in a World Junior Championship gold-medal game, here is the lineup the United States will go with:

John Gaudreau - J.T. Miller - Jimmy Vesey
Alex Galchenyuk - Sean Kuraly - Riley Barber
Blake Pietila - Cole Bardreau - Ryan Hartman
Rocco Grimaldi - Vincent Trocheck - Tyler Biggs
Mario Lucia
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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 3:58 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada, Russia lineups for bronze-medal game

Canada coach Steve Spott will have a different look to his top-six forward group for Saturday's bronze-medal game (4 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN) against Russia.

Ty Rattie, who scored Canada's only goal in its semifinal loss to the United States, will start at right wing on the top line, replacing Mark Scheifele. Scheifele takes Rattie's spot on the second line.

Canada also will have just six defensemen as Griffin Reinhart begins serving his four-game suspension.

Here is the roster Canada will go with, as well as the lineup for host Russia:


CANADA

Jonathan Huberdeau - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Ty Rattie

Jonathan Drouin - Ryan Strome - Mark Scheifele

Phillip Danault - Boone Jenner - Brett Ritchie

Anthony Camara - Mark McNeill - Nathan MacKinnon

JC Lipon

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.04.2013 / 12:20 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Frk goal helps Czechs finish fifth at WJC

Martin Frk's goal with 1:07 left in the second period snapped a tie game and helped the Czech Republic finish its run at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship with a 4-3 win against Switzerland in the placement game.

Tomas Hyka had a goal and two assists, and Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist as the Czechs finished fifth for the second consecutive year.

Sven Andrighetto, a 2013 NHL Draft prospect who plays for Rouyn-Noranda in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, had a pair of goals for Switzerland, which finished sixth.

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.04.2013 / 9:23 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Report: Canada to start Binnington in bronze game

TSN is reporting that Jordan Binnington will start in goal for Canada against Russia on Saturday (4 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN) in the bronze-medal game at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Binnington, a 2011 third-round pick of the St. Louis Blues, saw his first action of the tournament in Thursday's semifinal loss to the United States. He replaced Malcolm Subban at 12:44 of the second with Canada trailing 4-0, and stopped 25 of 26 shots as Canada lost 5-1.

Binnington had dressed as Subban's backup in Canada's first five games. Playing with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League this season, Binnington is 17-6-3 with three shutouts in 23 games. His 2.31 goals-against average is fourth in the league, and his .930 save percentage is third.

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.04.2013 / 9:15 AM

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

Canadian defenseman Reinhart banned four games

Canadian National Junior Team defenseman Griffin Reinhart on Friday was given a four-game suspension by the International Ice Hockey Federation for an incident that occurred Thursday during a semifinal game against the United States.

Reinhart, who will miss Canada's bronze-medal game against Russia on Saturday at 4 a.m. ET (NHLN-US, TSN) in Ufa, Russia, was assessed the stiff penalty for an infraction at 14:21 of the second period in his team's 5-1 loss to the Americans.

Reinhart had one assist and took three shots in five tournament games.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 10:14 AM

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

Grigorenko goal forces OT between Russia, Sweden

Mikhail Grigorenko scored 7:56 into the third period and Russia has rallied for a 2-2 tie with defending champion Sweden through regulation play in the semifinal round of the 2013 World Junior Championship.

The teams will now enter a 10-minute overtime. If no winner is determined, the teams will enter a shootout to determine a winner.

Girgorenko pulled Russia into a 2-2 tie to the delight of the hometown faithful at Ufa Area when he poked a loose puck over the left pad of Swedish goalie Niklas Lundstrom. As they have done all tournament, Grigorenko and linemate Nikita Kucherov made the play happen with tremendous work in the Sweden end and in front of Lundstrom.

Lundstrom made a great save on Edmonton Oilers No. 1 pick Nail Yakupov with 4:35 remaining in the third when the Russian captain skated into the slot and launched a quick backhand attempt denied by the Swedish goalie.

The winner advances to the gold medal game on Saturday against the United States, a 5-1 victor over Canada in the other semifinal-round match at Ufa Arena. The game is set for 8 a.m. (NHLN-US, TSN) at Ufa Arena.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 9:32 AM

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

Russia scores, but trails Sweden after two periods

Russia finally picked up its game in the second period to pull to within 2-1 against Sweden in their semifinal match at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

The Russians pulled to within a goal of Sweden when defenseman Andrei Mironov scored his first of the tournament off a blast from the top of right circle at the 7:32 mark. The goal by Mironov, assisted by Nail Yakupov and Kirill Kapustin, was just the fourth shot of the game for Russia.

The goal certainly ignited the host country at Ufa Arena, however, as it began to dictate much of the play from that point. Sweden has out-shot Russia 25-12 through two periods.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 8:42 AM

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

Sweden leads Russia 2-0 after one period

Defending champion Sweden built a 2-0 first-period lead on host Russia in their semifinal matchup.

Sweden opened a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Elias Lindholm at the 6:35 mark. Lindholm took a pass from Victor Rask right in front of Russian goalie Andrey Vasilevskiy before sliding a backhand shot into the net.

The Swedes made it 2-0 at 9:38 when captain Filip Forsberg ripped a shot from between the circles that beat Vasilevskiy top shelf on the glove side.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 8:18 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Finland, Slovakia win in relegation pool

Aleksander Barkov and Ville Pokka scored two goals each, and Markus Granlund had a goal and three assists as Finland started play in the relegation round with an 8-0 win against Germany on Thursday.

Joel Armia had a goal and two assists, and Miikka Salomaki and Artturi Lehkonen also had goals, and Janne Juvonen stopped all 15 shots as Finland outshot Germany 56-15.

Finland led 3-0 after two periods but blew the game open with five goals in third. Salomaki and Pokka scored in the first five minutes, and then Barkov, Pokka and Armia scored in a 2:30 span in the game's final minutes.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 8:00 AM

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

Russia and Sweden set for title-game rematch

Russia and Sweden are prepared to drop the puck in the semifinals of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship on Thursday in Ufa, Russia.

The game is a rematch of last year's gold-medal game, a 1-0 overtime win by Sweden. The winner will advance to this year's gold-medal game Saturday (8 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN) against the United States, a 5-1 winner against Canada in the other semifinal.

The fact Sweden has been able to advance this far in the tournament is a story in itself when you consider the team lost three key defensemen to injury before the tournament even began -- Oscar Klefbom (shoulder), Jonas Brodin (clavicle) and Hampus Lindholm (concussion).

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