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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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 50 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 53 10 27 9 37
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 53 10 25 11 35
V. Trocheck 53 17 16 3 33
R. Smith 53 16 15 10 31
B. Pirri 49 10 13 -5 23
A. Ekblad 49 10 12 20 22
B. Campbell 53 4 16 16 20
N. Bjugstad 38 9 8 -4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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