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WJC: Miller, Uher Get Assists in USA-Czech Game

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Some Pittsburgh-connection hockey players contributed in Friday afternoon’s World Junior Championship Group B preliminary round matchup between Team USA and Czech Republic in Alberta.

Pittsburgh-area native J.T. Miller (Team USA) and Pens 2011 draft pick Dominik Uher (Czech Republic) each recorded an assist for their respective clubs in Czech Republic’s 5-2 win.

Team USA also features three other Pittsburgh Hornets prospects – Brandon Saad (Gibsonia), John Gibson (Whitehall) and Stephen Johns (Wampum), as well as Pens 2011 draft pick Josh Archibald.

Miller helped give USA a 1-0 lead by setting up a power-play goal in the first period. During a rush, Miller reached out to corral a pass and then made a quick, cross-ice pass to T.J. Tynan in the slot. Tynan snapped the puck into the goal.

Uher helped even the score for Czech Republic. He made a play along the boards in the defensive zone that led to an up-ice rush in which Tomas Filippi scored.

Archibald was awarded a penalty shot halfway through the third period with the game tied at 2-2. Archibald beat goaltender Petr Mrazek, but his shot went off the outside of the post.

: The U.S. will face Canada Saturday at 8 p.m., which will be broadcast live on the NHL Network.

In addition to the Pittsburgh hockey connections of Team USA, Canada features defenseman Scott Harrington, the Pens’ second-round pick in 2011.

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2012 IIHF World Junior Championship - NHL Network-U.S. Broadcast Schedule
Dec. 26 - Jan. 5

Date Game Time (EST)
Mon., Dec. 26 Canada vs. Finland 3:30 p.m.
  USA vs. Denmark 8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 27 Denmark vs. Czech Republic 8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 28 Finland vs. USA 3:30 p.m.
  Czech Republic vs. Canada 8 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 29 Canada vs. Denmark 8 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 30 Czech Republic vs. USA 3:30 p.m.
  Finland vs. Denmark 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 31 USA vs. Canada 8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 2 Quarterfinal #1 5:00 p.m.
  Quarterfinal #2 9:00 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 3 Semifinal #1 5:00 p.m.
  Semifinal #2* 9:00 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 5 Bronze-Medal Game 3:30 p.m.
  Gold-Medal Game 8:00 p.m.
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