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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

IT'LL BE CANADA VS USA

UFA, Russia - John Gaudreau had a hat trick, Riley Barber scored twice and the USA beat the Czech Republic 7-0 to reach the semifinals of the world junior ice hockey championship on Wednesday.

The Americans will play Canada at Ufa Arena on Thursday.

Sweden awaited the winner of the other quarterfinal between Russia and Switzerland.

Gaudreau scored the lone goal of the first period when the Czechs were two men down at 11:45, and doubled the lead on a power play just 28 seconds into the second period. Ryan Hartman made it 3-0 with a shot from the left circle 40 seconds later, and the Czechs substituted goalie Patrik Bartosak for Matej Machovsky.

Barber scored into an empty net on a power play at 28:44 and beat Machovsky in a one-on-one less than 4 minutes later.

Gaudreau, unmarked at the right, had his third goal on a power play at 39:47. JT Miller capped the scoring with a slap shot from the blue line, capitalizing on a two-man advantage early in the third period.

John Gibson made 31 saves for the victory.
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Nikita Kucherov equalized and then scored the winner in a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Switzerland to send Russia through to the semifinals of the world junior hockey championships on Wednesday.   Russia will play defending champion Sweden.

Alexander Khakhlachyov opened the scoring for Russia with a shot from the right circle on a power play at 6:07. Chrstoph Bertschy equalized with a shorthanded goal at 10:05 after stealing the puck from Russia's defence.

Mikhail Grigorenko restored Russia's lead, finding the empty net from Kucherov's pass at 29:07, but Martin Ness was quick to profit from another mistake by the host's defence to level at 2-2 less than three minutes later.

Sven Andrighetto, left unmarked in front of the Russia goal, scored from close range to put Switzerland ahead for the first time in the match at 48:57.

Kucherov equalized from a power play at 58:21 to send the game into overtime in which neither team scored.

Gridorenko and Kucherov scored for Russia in the second round of the penalty shootout, while Alessio Bertaggia scored with his first attempt but then failed to beat Andrei Vasilevsky, who stopped 41 shots.

Nyffeler made 33 saves for Switzerland, which has not lost a match in regulation at the tournament.
© 2013 The Canadian Press

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Switzerland nearly pulled off the upset again Russia. Russia tied it late, then won it 3-2 in a SO. I'll say this that Switzerland's program has come a long way in just a few short years.

Anonymous said...

When it was in Saskatoon, the Swiss beat Russia to make it to the semi-finals vs Canada.

Anonymous said...

I wish the Pats could turn it around in the last 10 years like Team Switzerland has.