Saturday, January 2, 2010

WJC Lives to Fight Another Day

The US World Junior Championship team defeated Finland Saturday night, 6-2 to set up a matchup against Sweden Sunday evening.

The US broke open a 3-1 game with three third period goals to do in the Finns.

The goal-scorers for the Americans were Matt Donovan (U. of Denver), Danny Kristo (U. of North Dakota), Jerry D'Amigo - twice (RPI), and Chris Kreider (Boston College). Jordan Schroeder (U. of Minnesota) assisted on three US goals, and Derek Stepan (U. of Wisconsin) set up two. With Stepan's two assists, he moves into the overall tournament points lead with eleven (three goals and eight assists).  

The real star for the US was goaltender Mike Lee (St. Cloud State). He turned aside 42 of 44 Finnish shots, including 22 of 23 in a hectic third period when Finland threw everything it had at the net.

It was a nice win for the US and they are now but one game away from a shot at WCJ gold. However, the Swedes will pose quite a test for the Yanks Sunday night.

In a shocker earlier Saturday, Switzerland defeated the Russian team 3-2 in overtime to eliminate the Russians from gold medal contention. The Swiss scored the game-tying goal with 33 seconds remaining in regulation and won it almost ten minutes into the overtime session. Switzerland will face Canada Sunday evening in Saskatoon.

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