Photo Credit: Norm Hall
GERMANY UPSETS USA, 2-1
On Tuesday, the 2007 World Junior Hockey Championships got underway with one of the favorite teams in the tournament, Team USA, dropping a surprising 2-1 overtime decision to Team Germany.
Phoenix Coyotes prospect Peter Mueller turned in an impressive performance in the loss, scoring at 8:56 of the third period to tie the game at 1-1. Mueller's goal would come on a Team USA power play as he drilled a shot past screened German netminder Sebastian Stefaniszyn.
Mueller would finish the contest with a pair of shots on goal, an even plus/minus rating and two penalty minutes (interference).
Team USA will now prepare to battle two-time defending champion Team Canada on Wednesday, December 27.
RUSSIA TOPS CZECH REP. 3-2
Following Team USA's loss to Germany, the WJHC tournament continued with Team Russia capturing a 3-2 win over Team Czech Republic.
Coyotes prospect Martin Hanzal recorded three shots on goal and an even plus/minus rating in the loss to Russia.
Hanzal and the Czech Republic will return to action on Thursday, December 28 when they host Team Finland.