MUELLER SCORES GAME-WINNER FOR TEAM USA;
TO FACE CANADA IN SEMIS TOMORROW
Photo Credit: HHOF-IIHF Images
Phoenix Coyotes 2006 first round draft choice Peter Mueller scored the game-winning goal for Team USA in a 6-3 victory over Finland in a quarterfinal match-up at the World Junior Championships in Mora, Sweden on Tuesday. The U.S. advances to meet Team Canada in a semifinal on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. Arizona time.
Mueller's goal in the win on Tuesday, one of four power-play goals for Team USA in the game, broke a 3-3 tie in the third period. The 18-year-old native of Bloomington, Minnesota finished the game with two points as he also assisted on Team USA's 5th goal. For the tournament, Mueller has posted 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points in 5 games.
Wednesday's semifinal will be a re-match for Team USA against Canada. The Canadians overcame the U.S. by a score of 6-3 on Dec. 27 during the tournament's preliminary round. Russia will face Sweden on Wednesday in the other semifinal.
Mueller, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound center, was selected by the Coyotes with the 8th overall choice in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
TEAM SWEDEN DEFEATS CZECH REPUBLIC
Earlier on Tuesday, the Czech Republic lost their quarterfinal match with Team Sweden by the score of 5-1.
Phoenix Coyotes prospect Martin Hanzal registered two penalty minutes and a -2 plus/minus rating in the contest. In five tournament games, Hanzal has recorded one goal (shorthanded) and six penalty minutes.