World Juniors

Great Game Friday At World Juniors

All three games involving Panthers prospects bring up intensity.

Friday, 12.28.2012 / 3:10 PM ET / World Juniors
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Great Game Friday At World Juniors
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The World Junior Championship is one of the biggest events in the world of hockey; a tournament where players under twenty years of age can represent their country and where the stars of tomorrow come out to shine.

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On Friday, all seven Panther prospects/players with Panthers ties were involved in extremely competitive games in Ufa, Russia. The hosts earned a victory over the US 2-1, Canada recording a 6-3 comeback victory over Slovakia and Sweden beat Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout.

The best game of the day in Ufa was the USA against Russia in what would be a very competitive game. Russia got on the board first with Albert Yarullin taking a one timer from the faceoff circle that made it in after deflected off a stick at 2:42 in the first period. The USA bounced back in the second period as Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg’s prospect, scored a power play goal of his own with 6:42 left giving the team plenty of time to take the lead. However in the third period at 4:09, Russia’s Vladimir Tkachyov found a puck in the crease and knocked in he rebound after a nice rush up by Nikita Nesterov got the puck on net, which would make the score 2-1. With a late power play, the USA pulled their goalie in hopes of getting the tying goal but Russia’s defense stood strong and led the team to a 2-1 victory. While no Panther prospects got on the scoring sheet, former JR Panther Shayne Gostisbehere had four shots on goal.

Rocco Grimaldi finished with two shots and was a plus-one, Vincent Trocheck collected three shots and was a minus-one and Yaroslav Kosov finished with two shots and was a plus-one.

Canada won its second straight game to start the tournament with a 6-3 victory over Slovakia. Despite being down 2-0 and 3-1, the team rallied and came back to score five straight goals to secure the win, overcoming playing with just 10 forwards after two were given game misconducts. Jonathan Huberdeau recorded an assist, had three shots and ended the game a plus-2 in the victory.

Sweden and Switzerland found themselves in a shootout with the regulation and overtime ending tied at two. Sweden decided to pull goalie Joel Lassinantti after playing the whole game and put in Niklas Lundstrom for the shootout and the move worked out. He stopped all three of Switzerland’s shots and Sweden’s Victor Rask scored the lone goal of the shootout to give Sweden the 3-2 victory. Panther prospect Rasmus Bengtsson did not play in Friday’s game.

The USA is currently third in Group B with three points. Russia is second with five points and Canada at tops the list with six points after two games played.

On Saturday, Latvia will face off against Sweden while Germany will be playing Russia who are looking to push themselves to the top spot in Group B. Look for a fun rivalry game on Sunday though when the USA takes on Canada.

From 2013 World Juniors Site:


Compared to previous tournament games, the speed and intensity were cranked up a notch, and it was evident that both teams were determined to deliver a passionate but generally clean game.

Albert Yarullin also scored for the Russians, and Jacob Trouba replied for the United States.

"Both teams played pretty well, competed hard, and got good goaltending," said Trouba. "We just came up a little short."

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Canada maintained its perfect record in Group B with its second straight regulation victory. Its all-time World Junior record against Slovakia now sits at eight wins and one tie. The Slovaks remain fourth in the group with one point.

Ryan Strome led the way with two goals for Canada. Morgan Rielly stepped up with a goal and two assists. Scheifele and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins notched a goal and an assist apiece, Ty Rattie chipped a single, and Xavier Ouellet chipped in two helpers.

"You’ve got to be happy with the way we bounced back," said Strome. "That’s the sign of a growing team."

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Victor Rask scored the only goal of the shootout to give Sweden a tense 3-2 win over Switzerland. Sweden changed goalies prior to the extra shots, a unique strategy that paid off.

Although Joel Lassinantti played the full 65 minutes of regulation and overtime, coach Roger Ronnberg went with Niklas Lundstrom for the penalty shots.

"I told the coach I wanted to go in," Lundstrom admitted after. "I like shootouts, and I think I'm good at them." He stopped all three Swiss shots while all three Swedes went to the stick side of Swiss goalie Melvin Nyffeler.

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1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
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