MUELLER HELPS TEAM USA TO A BRONZE MEDAL
AT WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Phoenix Coyotes' 2006 first round draft choice Peter Mueller helped lead Team USA to a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships as the squad defeated Sweden, 2-1, in Leksand, Sweden on Friday. Team USA compiled a record of 4-3 in the tournament.
Pat Kane opened scoring to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead at 19:55 of the first period. After Patrik Zackrisson tied the game for Sweden 9:00 into the second period, Erik Johnson scored the eventual game-winning goal for Team USA at 12:34.
Sweden's lineup included defenseman Jonas Ahnelov, the Coyotes; 3rd choice (3rd round, 88th overall) in the 2006 Entry Draft. Ahnelov recorded one assist, 6 penalty minutes, and was plus-1 in 7 games in the tournament.
Mueller finished the tournament with 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points in 7 games to rank tied for 3rd on Team USA in scoring. The 18-year-old native of Bloomington, Minnesota was also plus-3 and collected 8 penalty minutes.
Mueller, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound center, was selected by the Coyotes with the 8th overall choice in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.