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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 / 5:22 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. opens 1-0 lead on Czech Republic in first

Johnny Gaudreau scored the only goal of the first period of the World Junior Championship quarterfinals to give the United States a 1-0 lead.

Gaudreau scored on an easy tap-in on a 5-on-3 penalty at the 11:45 mark of the first. The Czechs had taken back-to-back hooking penalties to go down by two skaters. Gaudream made them pay with his third goal in two games and the Americans' fifth power-play goal in the past four periods. The United States had four man-advantage goals in a 9-3 win against Slovakia on Monday.

The winner of this game plays Group B champion Canada in the semifinal on Thursday.

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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 Tuesday, 01.01.2013 / 2:07 PM

By Seth Jones -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Seth Jones Draft blog

Greetings from Ufa

Seth Jones, who plays for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, is currently starring for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman has solid athletic bloodlines -- his father, Popeye Jones, played 11 seasons in the NBA. Jones has been paired with Mike Reilly and Jake McCabe at different points in the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia. Prior to playing the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the medal round on Wednesday, Jones provided his assessment of the tournament through four preliminary-round games.

Greeting from Ufa, Russia!

I thought I would provide an update on how things are going for me and Team USA heading into the medal round during our off day.

I think things have been good so far. It's obviously a different culture for everyone, but we're starting to get used to it. The food is a little bit different and it's not usually what you eat back in America, but we just have to deal with it and the team has been really good working together. I think the chemistry is starting to come along off the ice as well. We usually don't hang out a lot since we're with our respective teams during the regular season, but it's been really fun getting to know everyone.

I haven't really gotten out to spend time with teammates. My mom made the trip here, so I've been spending a lot of time with her.

As far as the games are concerned, and compared to games I've been involved with at the Under-18 level, this is probably the most intense hockey I've ever played. Especially back-to-back games against Russia and Canada -- it was a grind. We played good games and came up just short on both occasions. I thought we did a lot of things right in both those games but just didn't get the outcome that we wanted.

I've been pretty satisfied with the way I've played. I think I can eliminate some turnovers in the defensive zone and neutral zone, and keep it simple. But for the most part I feel I've been pretty solid and have been able to create a little on offense as well.

We're now looking forward to the next step of this tournament in the medal round. Whenever I've worn the Team USA jersey in the past, we've always been on the top and I've always been a part of that team that gets the bye into the semis. But this was different. We faced a couple of tough opponents and didn't get the outcomes we wanted, so we had to come from behind and got a big win against Slovakia [on Monday]. So now we're looking to take it one game at a time, and focus on the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Thanks for reading everyone and enjoy the remainder of the tournament.

Follow Seth Jones on Twitter at: @seth_jones04

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.01.2013 / 10:07 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Russia's Nichushkin suspended one game

Russian forward Valeri Nichushkin, a top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft, has been suspended one game by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Nichushkin, who has one assist in four games, was banned for a hit he delivered to Canada's Tyler Wotherspoon in a 4-1 Group B preliminary round loss to Canada on Monday. Nichushkin was assessed a major penalty plus a game misconduct under Rule 523a. Wotherspoon suffered facial cuts but returned to the game.

The IIHF Disciplinary Panel review stated that Nichushkin delivered a hit from behind to his opponent, extending his arms into the head and neck areas of the Canadian player to drive Wotherspoon's head into the boards and glass. The hit was deemed reckless by the panel.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.01.2013 / 10:02 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

American defenseman suspended one game

The United States will be without defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere for its quarterfinal game against the Czech Republic on Wednesday (4 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN).

On Tuesday, the International Ice Hockey Federation announced that Gostisbehere was suspended one game for the slashing major and game misconduct he was assessed in the final preliminary round game against Slovakia on Monday, a 9-3 victory that delivered the Americans into the medal round.

Gostisbehere was whistled for a foul on Slovakia's Matus Matis behind the play at the 16:50 mark of the first period. Gostisbehere was assessed a major penalty plus the game misconduct under rule 537b.

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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.
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(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 Monday, 12.31.2012 / 11:24 AM

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

Canada tops Russia, earns bye into semifinals

Canada clinched the top spot in Group B -- and a bye into the semifinals -- with a 4-1 defeat of Russia in the final game of the preliminary round on Monday.

Jonathan Huberdeau closed the scoring with an empty-net goal with 27.3 seconds left. Dougie Hamilton, Mark Scheifele and Jonathan Drouin, the player of the game for Canada, also scored.

Nikita Kucherov scored the lone goal for Russia. They had a chance for another when Vladimir Tkachev was pulled down by Canada defenseman Ryan Murphy and awarded a penalty shot with 19 seconds left in the third, but goalie Malcolm Subban got his right pad on Tkachev's attempt to push it wide.

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Posted On Monday, 12.31.2012 / 10:36 AM

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

Drouin gives Canada 3-1 lead after two periods

Jonathan Drouin continued his outstanding play, scoring the lone goal of the second period to give Canada a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes in its preliminary round final against Russia.

The winner of the game claims first place in Group B and earns a bye into the semifinals, while the loser finishes second in the group and plays Switzerland in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Drouin, promoted to the top line for the game by coach Steve Spott (ED NOTE: link to http://www.nhl.com/ice/blogpost.htm?id=12477), went behind the net and was in the right place when a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shot went wide of the net and onto the back wall. Drouin jumped on the puck, went behind the Russia net and stuffed the puck inside the post before Russia goalie Andrey Makarov could get into place.

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