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by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

World Juniors

Aiming For World Junior Gold

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The World Junior Championship is one of the biggest events in the world of hockey; a tournament where players under twenty years of age can represent their country and where the stars of tomorrow come out to shine.

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Day 2 of the World Juniors saw the largest contingent of Panthers prospects and prospects with Panthers ties on hand as the United States took on Germany to open up their World Junior Championship journey.

And if you turned on the game just a couple minutes late, you would have already missed the game-winning goal as the United States scored 19 seconds in, on their way to a 8-0 whitewashing of Germany in Ufa, Russia.

It was a balanced attack as eight different skaters recorded goals in the shutout victory but it was San Jose Sharks prospect Sean Kuraly getting the offense going as he raced in and slipped a backhand shot five-hole past Marvin Cupper.

The United States would score twice more in the opening period off goals from Winnipeg prospect Jacob Trouba and Montreal top pick Alex Galchenyuk.

In the second period, it was more of the same as they connected for three more goals, including another quick goal. 14 seconds into the frame, Washington's Riley Barber scored off the feed from Galchenyuk. Then it was a Florida connection getting the United States fifth goal. Margate, FL native and former JR Panther Shayne Gostisbehere unloaded on a bomb that went top shelf for the first power play goal of the game. The Flyers prospect was helped set up by Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi on the play. The US would add a sixth goal before the game was at it's halfway point as Ryan Hartman scored.

With the game in hand, the Americans pulled starting netminder John Gibson (19 saves) to get Jon Gillies some time between the pipes (seven saves) and added goals from Rangers prospect JT Miller and 2013 potential top pick Seth Jones.

Grimaldi finished with the assist on two shots while fellow Panthers prospect Vincent Trocheck was held off the score sheet despite posting three shots on net. Both players had good games as they made plays all over the ice. Trocheck did pick up a tripping penalty in the third period. Gostisbehere finished with the goal on two shots and was a plus-1. Connor Murphy, Panthers assistant coach Gord Murphy's son, played a key shutdown role along the blueline. The Coyotes prospect finished a plus-2 on the day.



The top American line came out on fire. Alex Galchenyuk and Riley Barber notched a goal and two assists apiece, while Sean Kuraly added a goal and an assist.

Jacob Trouba, Shayne Gostisbehere, Ryan Hartman, J.T. Miller,and Seth Jones also scored for the Americans.

"We came out strong in the first, second, and third, so I thought that was good for our team," said Trouba.

Though held off the scoresheet, the second line featuring slick wingers John Gaudreau and Rocco Grimaldi also dazzled with their stickhandling displays. The score could have been even higher in the USA’s favour.


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