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Bellows Wins Gold At World Juniors, Barzal Takes Silver

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

With Anthony Beauvillier currently on the Islanders' roster and Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang in Bridgeport, the prospects are turning into pros. But behind them are 2016 first-round pick Kieffer Bellows, 2015 first-round pick Mathew Barzal and Russian goalie Ilya Sorokin and many more. 

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BELLOWS WINS WORLD JUNIOR GOLD

Kieffer Bellows won World Junior gold on Thursday night, scoring two goals in Team USA's 5-4 comeback, shootout win. Bellows tied the score 2-2 in the second period, redirecting Adam Fox's shot past goalie Carter Hart. Bellows scored again in the third period to cut Canada's lead to 4-3. 

The thrilling game met a thrilling end, going to a five-round shootout. Troy Terry scored the lone goal of the shootout, while Tyler Parsons was a perfect 5-for-5, leading Team USA to its first World Junior Gold since 2013. Barzal picked up an assist, taking home a silver medal.

BARZAL AND BELLOWS FACE OFF IN WORLD JUNIOR FINAL

Islanders' prospects Mathew Barzal and Kieffer Bellows will face off for World Junior gold on Thursday night, as Canada and Team USA meet in the tournament final at 8 p.m.

Bellows and Team USA beat Russia 4-3 in a shootout on Wednesday, while Barzal and Canada topped Sweden 5-2. Sweden and Russia will battle for bronze at 3:30 p.m. 

Team USA beat Canada 3-1 in the preliminary round. Barzal has seven points (3G, 4A) in six tournament games, while Bellows has an assist through six games. 

Otto Koivula and Finland avoided relegation on Wednesday, beating Latvia 4-1 and taking their best-of-three series 2-0. 

BARZAL AND BELLOWS TO SEMIFINALS

Mathew Barzal and Kieffer Bellows have both advanced to the semi-finals at the World Junior Hockey Championships. Barzal and Team Canada scored a 5-3 win over the Czech Republic in Monday's quarterfinal, while Bellows and Team USA beat Team Switzerland 3-2. Neither Barzal nor Bellows recorded a point in the win. 

Team USA takes on Russia on Wednesday at 3 p.m. while Canada takes on Sweden at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night.

Otto Koivula and Team Finland beat Team Latvia 2-1 in the first game of their three-game relegation series. If Finland wins again on Tuesday, they will avoid relegation. 

PRELIMINARY ROUND:

Mathew Barzal has seven points (3G, 4A) in four preliminary games at the World Juniors, notching a point in all four of Canada's contests. Barzal started the tournament with a three-point night (1G, 2A) in a 5-3 win over Russia, had an assist in a 5-0 win over Slovakia, a pair of goals in a 10-2 rout of Latvia and an assist in a 3-1 loss to Team USA. 

Kieffer Bellows recorded an assist in four games for Team USA. The Americans went undefeated in preliminary play, with a 6-1 win over Latvia, a 5-2 win over Slovakia, a 3-2 win over Russia and a 3-1 win over Canada. 

Otto Koivula was held off the scoresheet in all four games, as Finland struggled through the preliminary round. The defending champs are in the relegation round this year after going 1-3 in the preliminary round, including an upset loss to Denmark. Finland lost its first three games before rebounding for a 2-0 win over the Swiss. 

QUENNEVILLE HITS 20 GOALS:

David Quenneville continues to score for the Medicine Hat Tigers, hitting the 20-goal mark last week. Quenneville's 20 goals are already a career-high and the Islanders' 2016 7th-round pick still has nearly half a season to build on the impressive total. Quenneville leads all WHL defensemen in goals and points (48).

Quenneville is currently riding an eight-game point streak (6G, 8A), including a goal and three assists in three games last week. Quenneville scored the game-winner in a 3-2 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Dec. 28, which was the Tigers eighth-straight win. Despite a pair of assists from Quenneville on Dec. 30, Medicine Hat's win streak was snapped in a 9-7 loss to Lethbridge. 

WOTHERSPOON STREAKING:

Parker Wotherspoon finished 2016 with a four-game point streak (1G, 5A), as the Tri-City Americans went 3-1. Wotherspoon has 37 points (6G, 31A) in 38 games this season and is fourth among defensive scoring in the WHL. 

CHL

PLAYER
GP
G
A
P
PIM

Mathew Barzal
13
2
17
19
8
David Quenneville
37
20
28
48
31
Mitchell Vande Sompel
34
16
17
33
35
Parker Wotherspoon
38
6
31
37
58
 
NCAA
PLAYER
GP
G
A
P
PIM

Kieffer Bellows
15
4
2
6
34
Jake Bischoff
18
2
14
16
10
Taylor Cammarata
15
1
5
6
10
Nick Pastujov
17
0
1
1
8
Doyle Somerby
16
0
2
2
16
 
EUROPE
PLAYER
GP
G
A
P
PIM

Anatoli Golyshev
36
4
8
12
16
Petter Hansson
19
0
1
1
2
Otto Koivula
29
6
10
16
6
 
USHL
PLAYER
GP
G
A
P
PIM

Collin Adams
26
16
14
30
20
Andong Song
23
0
0
0
0
 
GOALIES
PLAYER
GP
W
L
OT
GAA
SV%

Linus Soderstrom
10
7
3
0
1.57
.938
Ilya Sorokin
30
19
5
5
1.59
.928
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