Penalties costly as Russia again eliminates U.S. from World Juniors in quarterfinals

MONTREAL — The United States paid dearly for penalties in the World Junior Championship quarterfinals.

2015 World Junior Championship

United States schedule:

Friday, Dec. 26: U.S. 2, Finland 1 (SO)

Sunday, Dec. 28: U.S. 6, Germany 0

Monday, Dec. 29: U.S. 3, Slovakia 0

Wednesday, Dec. 31: Canada 5, U.S. 3

Friday, Jan. 2: Quarterfinals: Russia 3, U.S. 2

Russia scored twice on the power play and once shortly after one ended in eliminating the Americans for the second straight year Friday with a 3-2 victory.

The U.S. outshot Russia 41-25, including 20-5 in the third period, but crashed out of the tournament in the quarterfinals again.

Anthony DeAngelo and Michigan’s Zach Werenski scored for the U.S., while Boston College’s Thatcher Demko made 22 saves.

Igor Shestyorkin stopped 39 shots for Russia, which got first-period goals from Ivan Barbashyov and Alexander Sharov and a third-period goal from Sergei Tolchinski.

Barbashyov’s goal 2:31 into the game came after Michigan’s Tyler Motte and Minnesota’s Ryan Collins took penalties 31 seconds apart.

Sharov put Russia ahead 2-0 later in the first, scoring just nine seconds after a penalty to Minnesota’s Hudson Fasching ended.

Tolchinski took advantage of a tripping penalty to Sonny Milano early in the third to push Russia’s lead to 3-1.

Werenski scored with 11:04 remaining in the third to cut the deficit to 3-2, but the Americans couldn’t find a tying goal despite a power play thanks to Russia being called for too many men.

Russia also eliminated the Americans from the 2014 tournament with a 5-3 victory one year earlier.

See the full box score here.

Michigan’s Dylan Larkin finished as the Americans’ leading scorer. He had five goals and two assists in five games.

Demko had a 1.74 GAA and .939 save percentage in the tournament.

See the U.S. tournament statistics here.