It was another big day on Friday for the three Rangers prospects representing Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championships in Leksand, Sweden.
Blueshirts 2005 draftees Marc Staal, Tom Pyatt and Marc-Andre Cliche helped their nation remain unbeaten in the tournament, as the Canadians held off Germany 3-1 for their third straight win in Group A play.
Pyatt was the only Rangers prospect to record a point on Friday and now has three points in three tournament games.
Pyatt set up Canada's final goal when he won a faceoff in the German zone and got the puck back to Kris Russell. The Canadian defenseman, the twin brother of Rangers prospect Ryan Russell, blasted home a drive to make it 3-1 at 10:34 of the third period.
The final Team Canada goal was the second of the game for Russell, a Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick. Also scoring for Canada was Steve Downie, a Philadelphia Flyers first-round pick who notched the eventual game-winner at 14:42 of the second period. Downie's power-play goal broke a 1-1 tie against the previously unbeaten German team that had upset Team USA in overtime before defeating Slovakia.
Canada outshot Germany 34-19 and improved to 3-0-0. Staal, paired on defense with Ryan Parent for the third game, had one shot on goal in the third period. Pyatt also had one shot on goal to go along with his assist and plus-1 rating for the game. Cliche was also plus-1, playing on Canada's fourth line. He was also on the ice for Russell's second goal.
Montreal Canadiens prospect Carey Price got the win in net for the Canadians, allowing Germany its lone goal on a power play at 12:26 of the middle period. The Canadians' next game will be against Slovakia on Sunday, as they close out round-robin play in Group A. Team Canada will then enter the medal round in its quest to win a third straight gold.
In Friday's only other game, Rangers prospect Artem Anisimov's Russian team remained unbeaten by rolling over Belarus 6-1 in Mora, Sweden.
The Russians outshot Belarus 41-17 and completely dominated the Group B game. Russia, the other tournament heavyweight along with Canada, held a commanding 3-0 lead after the opening period and never looked back.
Anisimov played on Russia's third line and finished the game with a plus-1 rating. He also had two shots on goal in the third period.
Russia is now 3-0-0 in the tournament. The Russians return to the ice on Sunday against Finland, which is 1-1 through its first two games.