Chris Bourque Has Night Players Dream of With Five Goals
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Chris Bourque (Boston, Mass.) scored five times and Phil Kessel (Madison, Wis.) had five assists to help the United States to an 11-2 victory over Norway in the opening game for both teams at the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship tonight at the Pacific Coliseum.
"It was a good start," said U.S. Head Coach Walt Kyle, who is guiding the U.S. National Junior Team for the third time in his career. "I thought we got better as the game progressed and we'll definitely use this game as something to build on."
The game featured virtually every situation imaginable, thanks in part to 32 penalties and 28 power plays between the teams. Team USA had 16 of those power plays and cashed in four times.
It was 3-0 for the U.S. after the opening stanza. T. J. Oshie (Everett, Wash./Warroad, Minn.) staked the Americans to a 1-0 lead at 2:19 as he stepped through a Norway defender off the faceoff and beat Ruben Smith between the legs along the ice. Team USA extended its advantage to 2-0 at 12:22 when Erik Johnson's (Bloomington, Minn.) shot from the center point dribbled between Smith's legs. The power play marker was set up by Robbie Schremp (Fulton, N.Y.) and Peter Mueller (Bloomington, Minn.). The U.S. finished the first period scoring with a four-on-three power play goal at 17:30 as Jack Skille (Madison, Wis.) moved down the center slot around a Norwegian defender and fired one off the glove of Smith and in. Erik Johnson, who had a goal and two assists on the night, drew the lone assist on the play.
Team USA outshot Norway 23-6 in the middle stanza and scored five times to take complete control of the game. Bourque lit the lamp three times in the stanza, while Mueller and captain Kevin Porter (Detroit, Mich.) each tallied once.
Schremp scored once and Bourque twice in the third to cap a night that saw Team USA score the most goals it has in a World Junior Championship game since a 19-1 win over Norway in 1991.
U.S. netminder Cory Schneider (Marblehead, Mass.) finished with 17 saves to pick up the victory. Ruben Smith and Lars Haugen combined for 44 saves for Norway.
Team USA will take tomorrow off before facing Finland on Wednesday (Dec. 28).
NOTES: Team USA debuted the white version of its new Nike Swift jersey. The U.S. will practice tomorrow at 12 noon (PST) at Pacific Coliseum. Tonight's game will air on a tape-delayed basis on NHL Center Ice tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST Kevin Porter (Detroit, Mich.), who had a goal and three assists tonight, is the captain of Team USA, while Nate Davis (Rocky River, Ohio) and Phil Kessel (Madison, Wis.) are the alternate captains Chris Bourque became the first U.S. player to score three or more goals in a World Junior Championship game since Jan. 1, 2005, when Phil Kessel scored three times in an 8-2 win over Sweden in the quarterfinal round of the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship in Grand Forks, N.D.
Scoring By Period
Norway 0-1-1 -- 2
USA 3-5-3 -- 11
First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Oshie (unassisted), 2:19 (4x4); 2, USA, E. Johnson (Schremp, Mueller), 12:22 (pp); 3, USA, Skille (E. Johnson), 17:30 (pp). Penalties: NOR, Stensund (hooking), 0:17; USA, Bourque (charging), 1:03; NOR, Grafsronningen (boarding), 1:38; USA, Lee (holding), 4:00; USA, Gerbe (elbowing), 6:38; USA, Fritsche (hooking), 6:50; USA, E. Johnson (boarding), 8:38; NOR, Bench (too many players), 9:17; NOR, Ostli (interference), 11:03; NOR, Rolstad (boarding), 13:36; USA, Davis (hooking), 16:30; NOR, Bonsaksen (interference); 16:32; NOR, Olimb (holding), 16: 58; USA, Bench (too many players), 18:27.
Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Bourque (Kessel, Porter), 1:23; 5, USA, Mueller (E. Johnson), 6: 14; 6, USA, Bourque (Kessel, J. Johnson), 7:32; 1, NOR, Sveum, (Aasen, Hagen), 9:00 (pp); 7, USA, Bourque (J. Johnson, Porter), 11:11 (pp); 8, USA, Porter (Kessel), 14:54 (pp). Penalties: NOR, Sveum (holding), 2:51; NOR, Sveum (holding), 6: 50; USA, Mueller (misconduct), 6:50; USA, Lee (tripping), 7:20; NOR, Hoygard (holding), 10:13; NOR, Sveum (interference); 14: 10; USA, Mitera (slashing), 17:01; NOR, Grafsronningen (holding), 18:30.
Third Period - Scoring: 9, USA, Schremp (Fritsche, Mueller), 0:32; 2, NOR, Olimb (Grafsronningen, Trygg), 3:44 (pp); 10, USA, Bourque (Kessel, Porter), 11:38; 11, USA, Bourque (Kessel), 13:03. Penalties: USA, Niskanen (cross-checking), 2:43; USA-Chorney (high-sticking), 6:37; NOR, Forsberg (hooking), 6:40; NOR, Forsberg (misconduct), 6:40; NOR, Rolstad (slashing), 11:41; USA, E. Johnson (interference), 12:47; USA, Niskanen (holding), 13:18; NOR, Bonsaksen (slashing); 14:14; NOR, Bonsaksen (high-sticking), 14:14; NOR, Aasen (elbowing), 19:21.
Shots By Period
NOR, Smith (32-26)
NOR, Haugen (23-18)
USA, Schneider (19-17)