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'09WJ: Americans Take Fifth

Monday, 01.05.2009 / 10:45 AM / 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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 45 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 45 6 21 5 27
J. Huberdeau 42 8 17 1 25
J. Jokinen 44 4 21 -2 25
B. Boyes 43 10 11 2 21
J. Hayes 37 13 7 -1 20
S. Bergenheim 34 7 9 1 16
A. Barkov 34 5 9 -5 14
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 11 8 .920 2.43
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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