Team USA started their quarterfinal contest against Russia on the offensive, scoring three goals to take a 3-2 lead into the first intermission. But a string of USA penalties in the second period swung the momentum towards Russia as they scored the last three goals of the game to take the win, 5-3.
One USA player that made the scoresheet in this game was forward Jack Eichel, who drew an assist on the opening goal by Stefan Matteau. Eichel, a 2015 NHL Draft-eligible prospect who currently plays for the U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP), has had a productive tournament in his first U20 WJC appearance. In five games, Eichel has scored one goal and added four assists while sporting a +1 rating.
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Adam Erne played on the USA's third line with Andrew Copp and Hudson Fasching. The Quebec Remparts forward has notched one assist in five games and, for the most part, has had a relatively quiet WJC compared to his linemates.
Erne and Eichel spoke with the media following the loss to Russia, with some of those comments captured in this Hockey's Future video.
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