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Round 2
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Stanley Cup Final

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

Monday, 12.31.2012 / 7:35 AM

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

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.

The victory clinches third place in Group B for the U.S., and they'll next face the second place team in Group A in a quarterfinal-round game on Jan. 2.

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

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game