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U.S. continues to roll, leads 6-0 after two periods

Thursday, 12.27.2012 / 10:43 AM

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

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U.S. continues to roll, leads 6-0 after two periods

The strong play the United States displayed in the first period stayed intact through the second as the U.S. scored three times and forced the play for most of the second to lead 6-0 after 40 minutes of action against Germany.

After scoring 19 seconds into the first period, the U.S. needed just 15 seconds to get its first goal in the second, as Alex Galchenyuk forced a turnover behind the German net and flipped the puck in front to Riley Barber to make it 4-0.

Shayne Gostisbehere's power-play one-timer from the right side made it 5-0 at 6:33, and then Ryan Hartman, a top 2013 NHL Draft prospect, scored on the rebound of a Blake Pietila shot off a 2-on-0 rush to make it 6-0 at 7:55. Cole Bardreau started the play going the other way in the neutral zone as Germany got caught on a line change. He spotted Pietila who broke in alone on Germany goalie Marvin Cupper and fired a shot from the left side. Cupper slid over to make the save, but the puck bounced right onto Hartman's stick on the right side, and he buried his chance.

Goalie John Gibson faced his biggest challenge in the second period as back-to-back penalties on Jacob Trouba and Jake McCabe handed Germany a 5-on-3 power play for 1:39. But Gibson, the Anaheim Ducks prospect, made four outstanding saves to preserve the shutout.

Back with more after the third period.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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