College Hockey:
Bjugstad’s OT winner gives U.S. win in World Juniors opener

— Minnesota freshman Nick Bjugstad scored the overtime winner Sunday night to give the United States a 3-2 win over Finland in both team’s opening game at the World Junior Championship at HSBC Arena.

Minnesota-Duluth freshman Justin Faulk and Denver freshman Jason Zucker also scored for Team USA, while goaltender Jack Campbell finished with 32 saves.

On the game-winner, Bjugstad’s shot from the top of the circle squirted through Finland goalie Joni Ortio’s legs at 3:08 of the extra session.

Ortio, named player of the game for Finland, made 27 saves. Campbell was the U.S. player of the game.

Joonas Nattinen and Iiro Pakarinen scored for Finland.

Team USA is next in action Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EST at HSBC Arena against Slovakia.

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  • West is Best

    WCHA-3, Finland-2.

    • Guest

      Tell that to BC. West is…and has always been…overrated.

      • UNDGUEST

        WOW….who are you kidding?!?! there isn’t one east team that would finish in the top 5 in the WCHA.

        • Debonvine

          Black Bears 2 Sioux 0, Eagles 2 Denver 0 wow two series Hockey East 4 WCHA 0 in 2010…hmmmmm am I missing something here?

      • Guest

        Who?? The WCHA is by far the best Conference overall in college hockey. BC gets lucky. Have them play against all 12 WCHA teams once or twice every year then come talk.. I bet Michigan Tech or Bemidji State could hold their own against anyone in Hockey East. GO SIOUX

      • fightingsioux4ever

        Wow. Another disgruntled Hockey East fan. Too bad you guys won’t contend this year. GO SIOUX!!!!

  • Guywhocancount

    what a pathetic dope…

  • Toobadyouliveinmomsbasement

    Let’s see. The last three NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championships have been won by a team from what league ? Wait, wait, I think I have the answer…

    p.s.. so sorry about Crazy Ralph and the rest of you losing on that Indian thing.

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