Team USA advances to WJC final

UFA, Russia – The U.S. National Junior Team advanced to the gold medal game of the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship by defeating Canada, 5-1, in the semifinals here tonight at Ufa Arena. Captain Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis./Univ. of Wisconsin) scored two goals and added an assist, while John Gaudreau (Carneys Point, N.J./Boston College) added two goals of his own. Team USA will face either Russia or Sweden on Saturday (Jan. 5).

Here is the rest of the USA Hockey article. The game will be rebroadcast on the NHL Network at at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Friday reading: WJC, SCSU, Serratores, UConn, WCHA

Russia downed Team USA 2-1 in the Americans’ second game which is detailed here. Here is video of the lone USA goal by Michigan defenseman Jacob Trouba.

An injury to Michigan Tech’s Blake Piettila (no details available yet) on a late checking from behind penalty  bears watching by WCHA fans.

Here are four keys for Team USA at the world junior championships.

RPI 4, No. 14 St. Cloud State 3

ST. CLOUD — Mark McGowan snapped a 3-3 tie with 2:12 remaining to lift RPI to a 4-3 non-conference road victory over St. Cloud State.

The Engineers (5-6-4) trailed 2-0 before scoring three times — the first by Ryan Haggerty, the other two by Milos Bubela — in the first half of the second period to take the lead.

The Huskies (9-8-0), of the WCHA, tied the game with 7:27 to play on Cory Thorson’s goal. RPI is 4-1-2 in its past seven games.

In other news, the Serratore family rivalry will pick up this weekend at the Mariucci Classic.

Here is a UConn-centric preview for the Huskies’ holiday tournament,which includes Minnesota State.

This weekend’s schedule follows:

Fri
12/28/12
Minnesota Duluth
vs Maine
7:30 p.m. ET
Fri
12/28/12
Rensselaer
at St. Cloud State
7:07 p.m. CT
Sat
12/29/12
Nebraska Omaha
at Quinnipiac
12:00 p.m. ET
Sat
12/29/12
FerrisSt/Cornell
vs Minnesota Duluth
4:00/7:30 p.m. ET
Sat
12/29/12
Minnesota State
vs Brown
4:05 p.m. ET
Sat
12/29/12
Michigan
vs Michigan Tech
7:05 p.m. ET
Sat
12/29/12
Air Force
at Minnesota
7:07 p.m. CT
Sat
12/29/12
Boston University
at Denver
7:07 p.m. MT
Sun
12/30/12
Nebraska Omaha
at Quinnipiac
12:00 p.m. ET
Sun
12/30/12
WestrnMI/Mich St.
vs Michigan Tech
3:35/7:05 p.m. ET
Sun
12/30/12
Bemidji State
vs Massachusetts
4:00 p.m. ET
Sun
12/30/12
Amer Int/Connectt
vs Minnesota State
4:05/7:15 p.m. ET
Sun
12/30/12
Boston College
at Minnesota
7:07 p.m. CT
Mon
12/31/12
New Hamp/Dartmoth
vs Bemidji State
4:00/7:00 p.m. ET

Team USA roughs up Germany, 8-0

Team USA routed Germany 8-0 in the Americans’ opener at the world junior championships in Ufa, Russia.

Here are some notes that may be of interest to CC fans:

Michigan Tech’s Blake Pietila recorded two assists while North Dakota’s Rocco Grimaldi made one assist and also had a highlight-reel backcheck to break up a German breakaway that had the Twitterverse buzzing.

Miami teammates Riley Barber registered a goal and two assists while Sean Kuraly tallied the opening and eventual game-winning goal 20 seconds into in the first period. He later added an assist. The RedHawks will be NCHC opponents for CC next season.

 

CC commit Slavin selected for Team USA

Colorado College defenseman commit Jaccob Slavin of Erie, Colo. was selected to play for Team USA at next month’s World Junior A Challenge tournament.

The World Junior A Challenge is in its seventh year and the United States will be competing for the sixth time. The 2012 field includes Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland. The official event website is available here … The U.S. roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. The 22 players represent 11 states. Six players hail from Minnesota, while Michigan has five players and Illinois and Massachusetts have two apiece. Other states include Alaska, Colorado, Florida, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin … Brett Larson (Sioux City, Iowa), head coach and general manager of the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers, is the the head coach for the 2012 U.S. Junior Select Team … The assistant coaches are former Tiger  RJ Enga (Chicago, Ill.) and Derek Lalonde (Green Bay, Wis.). Enga is an assistant coach for the USHL’s Chicago Steel, while Lalonde is the head coach of the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers.

2012 World Junior A Challenge
Nov. 5-11 • Yarmouth, N.S. • Mariners Centre

Date Opponent Venue Time
Sat., Nov. 3 Canada West (exhibition) Barrington Municipal Arena 7 p.m. ADT
Mon., Nov. 5 Canada East Mariners Centre 7:30 p.m. AST
Tues., Nov. 6 Switzerland Mariners Centre 7:30 p.m. AST
Thurs., Nov. 8 Quarterfinals Mariners Centre 4/7:30 p.m. AST
Fri., Nov. 9 Semifinals Mariners Centre 4/7:30 p.m. AST
Sat., Nov. 10 5th-Place/Bronze Medal Game Mariners Centre 2/7:30 p.m. AST
Sun., Nov. 11 Gold Medal Game Mariners Centre 7 p.m. AST

Canada falls to Russia in WJC semifinal

CC sophomore Jaden Schwartz scored to help spark a comeback but Canada was unable to overcome a 6-1 deficit in a 6-5 loss to Russia in the world junior championship semifinals Tuesday night.

Canada will now pay for the bronze against Finland, which lost to rival Sweden 3-2 in a shootout, in the earlier semifinal.

Tuesday reading: Gannon, Prosser, J. Schwartz

Captain Jaden Schwartz and other national team veterans lead Canada into tonight’s WJC semifinal against defending champion Russia., which defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 in the quarterfinals.

He is garnering praise for his leadership.

“When things are down or going hard, or when practice gets tough, he’s not a guy that hangs his head,” Team Canada assistant coach Scott Walker told the Edmonton Journal. “His chin is always up and he’s got that gleam in the eye. I tell you, it’s those little things that make the difference and that’s why he’s the captain, for sure.

“He’s got that quiet confidence. His demeanor, he walks around the room … he’s a head-up kind of guy, great body language and people feed off of the little things.”

Raffi Torres was suspended for two games for his hit on former Tiger Nate Prosser.

Jake Gannon has missed 21 games due to a concussion and remains out of action for AHL Peoria.

And finally here is a funny video showing some of the Cornell players dancing to an N’Sync hit back in 2008.

Glad to see the Big Red having some fun and not taking themselves too seriously.

Monday reading: NCHC commish, TV, polls, commit, J. Schwartz

Sorry for the delay. My third day working for CC sports information kept me from posting this until now.

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference will announce its first commissioner, likely former USOC head Jim Scherr, at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Penrose House in Colorado Springs.

The Grand Forks Herald reports the NCHCs TV deal — a 16-game package with CBS College Sports — will be announced soon. I’m guessing it will be released on Wednesday as part of the commissioner announcement.

Colorado College stayed at No. 6 in the USCHO poll, but fell from No. 5 to No. 8 in the USA Hockey rankings.

The Tigers have a commit from a talented Minnesota high school wing, Daniel Labosky, for 2014-15. Click on the link for more details from Gazette beat writer Brian Gomez.

Nothing official yet, but it is likely CC sophomore Jaden Schwartz will return to action for the Tigers this Saturday against Cornell after traveling to Colorado Springs on Friday. The WJC gold medal game is Thursday night in Alberta.