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Posted On Monday, 12.31.2012 / 6:43 AM

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

Trocheck helps U.S. extend lead vs. Slovakia

Vincent Trocheck scored a pair of goals as the United States continued to build its lead and just about clinch a spot in the medal round, leading Slovakia 8-2 after 40 minutes.

The Americans had to start the period killing off the final 1:50 of Shayne Gostisbehere's slashing major, and after surviving that, they took advantage of their own man-advantages.

John Gaudreau's second goal of the game at 4:55 made it 6-2 at 4:55, and then Gaudreau set up Trocheck for a power-play goal at 6:16 to make it 7-2.

Trocheck, a Florida Panthers prospect, then scored his second to make it 8-2 at 10:00 of the period. He won a faceoff in the Slovakia end, skated to the net and scored off the return pass from Tyler Biggs.

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Posted On Monday, 12.31.2012 / 5:58 AM

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

U.S. rediscovers offense in first period vs. Slovakia

The United States rediscovered its offensive groove when it needed it most, filling the net early and often against Slovakia to take a 5-2 lead after 20 minutes of the final Group B game for each team.

The winner of this game advances to the medal round, which begins Wednesday. The loser moves to the relegation round.

Jimmy Vesey, promoted to the top line after being the 13th forward for the first three games, led the charge with a pair of assists in the period.

The teams traded breakaway goals early, as the U.S. took a 1-0 lead on a Cole Bardreau goal, but just 14 seconds later Slovakia's Matus Matis tied it.

U.S. captain Jake McCabe put his team ahead when he pinched in and lifted a backhander off a nice pass from Vesey at 5:10. John Gaudreau made it 3-1 when he scored in close on a rebound at 9:00.

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Posted On Monday, 12.31.2012 / 5:23 AM

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

Vesey to see more action for U.S. vs. Slovakia

United States coach Phil Housley has switched one of his lines as his team faces Slovakia on Monday with a berth in the medal round on the line.

Jimmy Vesey, who had been the 13th forward in the first three games, will switch spots with Rocco Grimaldi and start on a line with John Gaudreau and J.T. Miller as the U.S. tries to re-discover its offensive touch. The team hasn't scored gotten a goal from a forward since the third period of its opening game against Germany.

John Gaudreau - J.T. Miller - Jimmy Vesey

Alex Galchenyuk - Sean Kuraly - Riley Barber

Blake Pietila - Cole Bardreau - Ryan Hartman

Mario Lucia - Vincent Trocheck - Tyler Biggs

Rocco Grimaldi

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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 / 7:51 AM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

WJC snapshot: With loss, USA faces do-or-die game

Victories by Canada and Finland in Sunday's early games at the World Junior Championship have clarified the qualification picture just a bit.

Canada held off the United States in a much-anticipated Group B showdown, using the heroics of goalie Malcolm Subban to claim a 2-1 win Sunday. In Group A, Finland erased two two-goal deficits against Switzerland to claim a 5-4 victory in a shootout. Markus Granlund had two goals in regulation and the winning shot in the shootout, which went five rounds deep.

Canada's victory gives the Canadians a temporary hold on the top spot in Group B and assures them of a place in the medal round, which begins Jan. 2. Canada is the only team left in the tournament with a perfect record, 3-0-0-0 for nine points.

On Sunday, the Canadians play the host Russians, who have eight points from three games. Russia needed overtime to beat Slovakia. The winner of the Russia-Canada game (9 a.m., NHLN-US) will earn the top seed from Group B and a bye into the semifinals. The loser will have to play in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

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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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Posted On Sunday, 12.30.2012 / 5:16 AM

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

Canada opens 2-0 lead on U.S. after first period

The Canadian National Junior Team has taken a 2-0 lead over the United States through the first period of play between the North American rivals in Group B action of the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Canada goalie Malcom Subban made 10 saves and U.S. goalie John Gibson finished with nine.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring for Canada with his third goal of the tournament off a quick release from the inner right circle 7:13 into the period. Following an offensive-zone draw, Jonathan Huberdeau controlled the puck along the half-boards before feeding an uncovered Nugent-Hopkins, who ripped a shot that beat Gibson low to the blocker side.


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Posted On Sunday, 12.30.2012 / 3:47 AM

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

Setting the stage for Canada-U.S. at WJC

The United States and Canada have met at least once in each of the last seven World Junior Championship events.

Among the 14 games since 2000, nine have been decided by one goal, five have gone to overtime, and two have ended in shootouts. There was a 1-1 tie in overtime in 2000.

Here are the lineups in advance of Sunday's anticipated matchup between Canada and the United States at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Canada lineup:

Jonathan Huberdeau - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Mark Scheifele

Jonathan Drouin-Ryan Strome-Nathan MacKinnon

Phillip Danault - Mark McNeill - Ty Rattie

Anthony Camara - Brett Ritchie

Scott Harrington - Dougie Hamilton

Xavier Ouellet-Griffin Reinhart

Morgan Rielly-Tyler Wotherspoon

Ryan Murphy

Malcolm Subban will get the start in goal; Jordan Binnington will serve as backup.


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