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'09WJ: Americans Take Fifth

Monday, 01.5.2009 / 10:45 AM ET / World Juniors
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\'09WJ: Americans Take Fifth
2009 IIHF World Junior Championships
Ottawa, Canada
   
     
United States
Sweden
Russia

The United States both did not want to be in this position. Playing a game that didn't have medal implications. But they were Sunday, and the United States earned a 3-2 ovetrimte victory over the Czechs in a chippy affair.

Matt Rust
USA 3 -  Czech Republic 2: It wasn't the final victory that the Americans were looking for, but the United States did finish the tournament on a high note, beating the Czech Republic for the second time. This time it was a 3-2 overtime thriller. The Americans finished fifth in the tournament with the victory.

Eric Trangadi gave the United States a lead 8:36 into the game as he scored off of the rebound, tapping in Mitch Wahl's shot. That would be all the scoring in the first two periods for both teams.

Both the United States and Czech Republic struggled to find their offense as goaltenders Josh Unice (US) and Tomas Vosvrda (Czech Republic) turned away shot after shot in the first 40 minutes of play.

The Czechs finally found the net and the scoreboard when Zdenek Okal had some good fortune 2:33 into the final period. His shot from the goal line bounced into the air, over Unice's shoulder and into the net. The Europeans used that goal as momentum as they took over play. They were stopped on a 3-on-1 break but were not denied their first and only lead of the contest 10:59 in when Ondrej Roman, stationed in the slot, fired a shot into the top corner of the net while using an US defenseman as a screen.

The lead was shortlived as the Americans answered back to tie it at two. With the United States on a power play, Cade Fairchild blasted a shot from the point and into the back of the net with 6:58 left in the contest.

It would take the extra session to determine the winner and Philadelphia draft pick James Van Riemsdyk came up big, scoring a highlight reel goal 2:49 into overtime to give the United States the 3-2 victory. Van Riemsdyk would skate around a fallen Czech defender before putting the puck between his legs and then into the upper corner of the net.

Panthers prospect Matt Rust finished with one shot on net.

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World Junior Championship Statistics - Matt Rust
Game
Goals
Assists
Points
Shots
+/-
PIM
 vs Germany 1 0 1 3 +1 4
vs Czech Republic 1 0 1 2 +1 4
vs Kazakhstan 1 1 2 1 +2 0
vs Canada 0 0 0 0 0 2
vs Slovakia 0 0 0 4 -2 0
vs Czech Republic 0 0 0 1 0 0
Total
Goals
Assists
Points
Shots
+/-
PIM
6 3 1 4 11 +2 10


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 74 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 76 8 33 -4 41
B. Boyes 74 13 23 10 36
A. Ekblad 76 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 67 18 14 -6 32
A. Barkov 66 14 17 -3 31
B. Campbell 77 3 23 2 26
B. Pirri 44 21 2 6 23
D. Bolland 48 5 16 1 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 18 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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