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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.

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.

Posted On Monday, 12.31.2012 / 9:51 AM

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

Power play delivers Canada 2-1 lead after first

Canada took advantage of a five-minute power play midway through the first period to take a 2-1 lead against Russia after one period in their preliminary round finale.

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.

Russia's Valeri Nichushkin, a top 2013 NHL Draft prospect, was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for a hit from behind at 11:44 of the period.

Posted On Monday, 12.31.2012 / 9:42 AM

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

Americans to play Czechs in quarterfinal

The United States advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2013 World Junior Championship with an 8-3 victory against Slovakia in a must-win game Monday, the final day of group play and will play the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round Wednesday.

The Americans finished with two wins and six points in pool play, good for third place in Group B. If Slovakia had won Monday, it would have taken third place.

Under the tournament format, the United States play the second-place qualifier from Group A in a cross-over game. That team became the Czech Republic later Monday when Sweden defeated Finland, 7-4, to solidify the Group A standings.

Posted On Monday, 12.31.2012 / 9:00 AM

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

Canada shuffles lines for matchup with Russia

With a full complement of 13 forwards for the first time, Canada coach Steve Spott has decided to shuffle his lines heading into the game Monday against Russia.

The winner of the game will clinch Group B and a bye into the semifinals. The loser will finish second in the group and play the third-place team from Group A in a quarterfinal Wednesday.

Canada's most striking change is on the top line, where top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Jonathan Drouin will play at left wing, alongside center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and right wing Mark Scheifele. Drouin has a goal and two assists in three games.

Posted On Monday, 12.31.2012 / 7:43 AM

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

U.S. opponent in quarterfinals to be determined

The United States advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2013 World Junior Championship with an 8-3 victory against Slovakia in a must-win game Monday, the final day of group play.

The Americans finished with two wins and six points in pool play, good for third place in Group B. If Slovakia had won Monday, it would have taken third place.

The Americans' opponent in the quarterfinal, however, remains up in the air.

Under the tournament format, the United States will play the second-place qualifier from Group A in a cross-over game.

Posted On Monday, 12.31.2012 / 7:35 AM

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

U.S. moves on to medal round with win over Slovakia

The United States earned a spot in the medal round with a 9-3 rout of Slovakia on Monday, the final day of preliminary round play.

John Gaudreau and Vincent Trocheck each had two goals and an assist to lead the U.S. attack. Jimmy Vesey, given an expanded role after serving as the 13th forward in the first three games, had three assists.

The U.S. also killed off six of seven Slovakia power plays, including a pair of extended 5-on-3 Slovakia power plays in the second period.

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.

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.

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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