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Team USA falls to Russia, eliminated from World Junior Championship

Stefan Matteau, Ryan Hartman and Nic Kerdiles (Wisconsin) scored first-period goals, but the U.S. National Junior Team couldn’t find the back of the net for the remaining 40 minutes against Russia and suffered a 5-3 defeat in the quarterfinal round of the World Junior Championship Thursday in Malmo, Sweden.

With the loss, the U.S. will not medal and is eliminated from the tournament.

The United States led 3-2 after the first period, but allowed two power-play goals in the second period and an empty-netter in the final minute of the third period.

“The game changed in that five-minute segment [in the second period],” said Team USA coach Don Lucia (Minnesota) in a news release. “We went from being on the power play, up 3-2, to the consecutive five-on-three Russian power plays where they made two great shots. That’s where the game changed.”

Russia responded with a pair of five-on-three power-play tallies in a 1:01 span midway through the second period to take a 4-3 edge into the final stanza.

United States goaltender Jon Gillies (Providence) finished with 20 saves and defenseman Connor Carrick was named the U.S. player of the game.


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  • max mosion

    Discipline on and off the ice is part of any team’s success.I think the US squad should definitely look at this for next year as they prepare to get to the medal round at the world juniors,

  • Star Mason

    The Chokester Lucia strikes again. Who in the world would have named Lucia coach.

  • Outdoorice

    Last time I looked Lucia was not on the ice. Did you ever play hockey, Star..doubt it

    • UofMGoldenChokers

      Was Lucia on the ice when choking against Holy Cross and Yale? No…….but he’s always running the team thats choking…..

      • MikeE

        I can think of some other teams and coaches that have choked in the recent memory….including choking against Yale. Bad example there dummy…stick with the H.C. loss

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          Oooooooook. But come on, 9 seconds into overtime? They got worked that game…….but a goophs fan would never admit they sucked. Whats the streak at for making the tourney? 2 years? Thats amazing…….

          • MikeE

            7<5….no question…you got us. But since you're referring to coaches….then it's 2<0 between "our teams" coaches. Besides…a loss is a loss dummy. And ask anyone here, I always admit when they play like crap and deserve to lose.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            I love how you just assume I’m an ND fan….but thats besides the point. Second, you should learn how to use properly before you attempt to use them. You must not have been college material…..

          • MikeE

            when all else fails act like the grammar police right? Typos happen dummy. And since you posted this a while ago it was a pretty safe assumption…all you have to do is click on your screen name….

            “UofMGoldenChokers • 3 months ago

            Sound like a typical gooph. 7 is still greater than 5 no matter how you spin it.”

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Still doesnt mean I’m an ND fan. Just spitting out facts. Even though you changed one of the > up top, the other is still wrong.

          • MikeE

            typos happen…good thing the grammar police are so astute here.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Just trying to make you look like less of a fool

          • MikeE

            If people who make mistakes here are fools then everyone who has posted here has been one at one point in time…even you. I just always find it amusing when people resort to grammar correcting when we’re just trying to talk smack about hockey.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Who likes reading slop that makes no sense?

          • ndhockeydad

            See my reply above. Then let’s talk about slop that makes no sense.

          • ndhockeydad

            You should probably make sure you don’t look like a fool before concerning yourself with how others look. First of all, I am a U.N.D. fan and although I don’t like the Goofs, I don’t like arrogant people even more. Let’s look at your “mistakes”. Thats should have an apostrophe. You did that three times which brings me to a few other mistakes. Numbers that are less than 10 should be spelled out. You did that four times. You had whats(no apostrophe again). You had an ND fan twice. It should be a N.D. fan(a instead of an and no punctuation for the abbreviation) . I’m not claiming to be perfect but you were so quick to point out one mistake when you had several!! Since I’m a high school drop out that drives truck….who looks like a fool??

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            What ever you say…..

          • ndhockeydad

            Clever. You really are a bright one aren’t you.

      • ExiledGopher

        Really? Guess he choked his way to two national championships. And, his players know how to pay for a taxi ride…

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          Pay for the taxi to Blarney’s to drink underage? How’d that go for the business?

          • ExiledGopher

            Can’t say for certain, but I imagine they got in trouble. However, the business is still alive and seems to be doing fine. I guess it would be better to just confine the underage drinking to the dormitories until you pass out, or better yet, drive yourself home and a let a jury of locals acquit you because you play hockey.

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