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World Juniors

Moving On To The Semis

United States advances easily, Russia needs late heroics

Wednesday, 01.2.2013 / 12:10 PM ET / World Juniors
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Moving On To The Semis
2013 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
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It almost didn't happen.

There was a possibility that all the Panthers prospects would not have a chance to capture a medal.

The United States took care of business Wednesday in Ufa, Russia against the Czech Republic by the tune of a 7-0 shutout. That allows Vincent Trocheck and Rocco Grimaldi to take in a rematch against Jonathan Huberdeau and Canada in the semifinals.

But for Yaroslav Kosov and his Russian mates, they almost got knocked out of the tournament before even getting to the medal rounds. The hosts had to get a late power play goal to just tie the game against a pesky Switzerland team and then won it 4-3 in the fifth round of the shootout to advance to the semifinals to play Sweden along with Panthers prospect Rasmus Bengtsson.

With Russia's come-from-behind victory, that means at least three Panthers prospects (and those with Panthers ties) will be taking home a medal from the games in Ufa as all four teams left have a player with Panthers ties. Now, it's just a matter of sorting which player will be donning what.

The semifinals which will decide who plays for gold will start Thursday with Canada and the United States dropping the puck at 4am EST and Russia and Sweden following at 8am EST.

UNITED STATES 7 - Czech Republic 0

In the early game in Ufa, the Americans used a five-goal second period to pull away from Group A's second best team. They also went by way of the power play as five of their seven goals came on the man advantage.

FULL STORY from IIHF.com

Boston College's John Gaudreau got the United States on the board 11:45 in, scoring on a 5-on-3 advantage after being set up by Winnipeg's Jacob Trouba and 2013 top pick Seth Jones. That would be just the start of what was to come as the the three would combine for an eye-popping 11 points on the day, including a hat trick from Gaudreau and four assists each from Trouba and Jones to lead the US attack.

Gaudreau made it 2-0 just 28 seconds into the second and Ryan Hartman followed up 40 seconds later for a three goal advantage.

Riley Barber scored the next two goals while Gaudreau completed his hat trick with 13 seconds left in the middle stanza for a 6-0 lead after two periods of play.

Rangers prospect JT Miller closed out the scoring with a goal 4:08 into the third, scoring on the United States' second 5-on-3 advantage of the game.

Trocheck and Grimaldi along with Connor Murphy were held off the score sheet despite the offensive outburst by the Americans. Former JR Panther Shayne Gostisbehere served a one-game suspension for a slashing incident in the final game of preliminaries against Slovakia.

RUSSIA 4 - SWITZERLAND 3 (SO)

Say this about the Swiss, but they have been a tough out in the entire World Junior Championships this year in Ufa. In fact, they've cause some havoc in the past couple of years, giving the "big-time" hockey power houses fits.

FULL STORY from IIHF.com

Switzerland picked up points in each of their preliminary games, beating Latvia and taking Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic all to overtime or a shootout.

That peskiness helped them give Russia fits in their game and if not for a late goal, it would be them in the semis against Sweden as opposed to the hosts. It was not to be however as Buffalo prospect M Grigorenko recorded a goal, added an assist and scored the game-winner in sudden death shootout in the fifth round to propel the hosts to a 4-3 victory.

It was about the special teams in the opening period as Russia would get a power play goal from A Khokhlachyov 6:07 in. The Swiss would respond with a shorthanded tally less than four minutes later by C Bertschy for a one-all game after one period of play.

Grigorenko gave Russia the lead 9:07 into the second period but the Swiss responded once again as M Ness scored 3:30 after for a two-all game after two periods.

In the third, it was Switzerland who took the lead when S Andrighetto scored midway through the period. They then did their best to frustrate the Russians and it almost worked. A late slashing call to S Guerra gave Russia a power play with 1:56 left on the clock and N Kucherov tied the game at three 17 seconds into the man advantage.

After a scoreless up-and-down play overtime, Grigorenko scored on a special deke, leaving Melvin Nyffeller (who finished with 33 saves) to shake his head.

Kosov was also held off the score sheet, recording two shots and was a minus-2 on the night.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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