The Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League and Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League each suffered setbacks in round-robin play at the 2012 Junior Club World Cup on Monday at Omsk Arena in Omsk, Russia.
The Black Hawks lost 3-1 to Dynamo Shinnik of Belarus, and Sudbury lost to HC Riga Jr. of Latvia 2-1 in a shootout.
Waterloo (1-1-0) is competing in Group A along with teams from Belarus, Czech Republic, Norway and host Russia. Sudbury (1-1-0) is in Group B with Denmark, Finland, Latvia and Sweden. During round-robin play, teams play games against teams in their respective group. The two clubs with the best records in each group following round-robin play will advance to the semifinal round.
Dynamo Shinnik opened a 2-0 lead 18:30 into the first period when Maxim Parfeyevets scored off a rebound from the top of the crease.
Justin Kloos scored 8:35 into the second to pull Waterloo within 2-1. Kloos was the highest-scoring scholastic player in Minnesota last season 2011-12 while playing for Lakeville South and was the winner of the state's 2012 Mr. Hockey Award.
According to the mnhockeyhub.com, Kloos finished with the 10th-highest point total in state history last season with 103 points (41 goals, 62 assists) in 31 games for the Cougars (21-9). The 5-foot-9, 177-pound Kloos, who notched a point in all but one game for Lakeville South this season, is committed to the University of Minnesota.
Waterloo returns to the ice Wednesday to face Norway's National Junior Team.
Sudbury, which received a 32-save performance from goalie Taylor Dupuis, pulled into a 1-1 tie with HC Riga Jr. in the first when Sam Schutt scored off a feed from Dominik Kahun. The Wolves were forced to kill a five-minute match penalty assessed to Frank Corrado in the first.
Corrado, a 2011 fifth-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks, was sent to the dressing room following a kneeing infraction. The Toronto native, who already has spent three seasons with Sudbury, also was suspended one game for his actions. According to Sudbury's website, the Latvian player hit by Corrado was taken off the ice on a stretcher but eventually returned to the bench.
Sudbury finished the game 0-for-7 on the power play while killing all eight Latvia power plays, including a pair of five-on-three situations. HC Riga scored in the fourth round of the shootout, but that was matched by Sudbury's Mathew Campagna. The Latvian club regained the edge with a goal in the fifth round, but Campagna, who was selected to shoot again, failed on his attempt.
"I thought Taylor Dupuis really kept us in there today and he was our best penalty killer," Sudbury coach Trent Cull told the team's website. "He made some big stops and showed us what he can do. Overall, I was pretty pleased with the way we competed against an older, skilled team."
The Wolves next play Denmark's National Junior Team on Wednesday.
The Junior Club World Cup is in its second year. It featured teams from eight countries in 2011, and for the first time this year, a USHL and an OHL franchise. The tournament is designed to match top teams from the best junior hockey leagues from around the world.
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