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WJC: Gillies, USA downed by Russia in quarter-final

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Jon Gillies and the USA's dream of back-to-back gold's at the World Junior Championship came to end on Thursday morning when they fell 5-3 to Russia in the quarter-final.

Gillies allowed four goals on 24 shots in the loss.

The Russians opened the scoring at 6:17 of the first period when Mikhail Grigorenko was able to whack a loose puck in tight but the Americans answered back less than three minutes later. Brady Skjei's wraparound attempt bounced off of a couple of skates before slipping past netminder Andrei Vasilevski.

Just 21 seconds after the tying goal, Pavel Buchnevich followed up on his own rebound and was able to shovel the puck past Gillies to give his country a 2-1 lead. Once again, the Americans were able to respond and Ryan Hartman scored the equalizer at 11:23.

The Americans took the lead late in the first period when Riley Barber's blueline-to-blueline pass landed on Nic Kerdiles' stick. His snap shot beat Vasilevski at the 16:53 mark.

In the second period, the USA ran into penalty trouble and Russians capitalized on two 5-on-3 power plays. Both goals were nearly identical; Anton Slephyshev dished the puck to defenceman Nikita Zadorov and he one-timed both passes.

The Russians added an empty net goal at 19:32 of the third period to ice the win.

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