IIHF Press Release
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The United States had no problem earning its second win at the U18 World Championship, dominating Germany in a 9-0 win in Angelholm.
Pat Kane was the scoring machine for the U.S. netting three goals and one assist. Five other U.S. players totalled at least two points, including Jamie McBaine who added three assists. The game was never really in doubt as the Americans had a three-goal lead opened up within the first 10 minutes of the game. Kane was responsible for the two opening U.S. goals.
The second period was more of the same as the Americans added two power-play tallies and two even-strength efforts to make it a 7-0 advantage at the end of 40 minutes. In that span the U.S. had already out-shot Germany 45-17 Another two goals in the thrid period sealed the German’s fate.
The U.S. leads the A Group with a 2-0-0 mark, while the Germans are on the other end of the standings with a 0-0-2 record.
Finland’s Jan-Mikael Juutilainen made sure that his team started the U18 World Championship with a win, netting three goals and adding an assist in the Finns’ 6-3 win over Slovakia.
Juutilainen got the Finns started on the right foot, scoring on a breakaway 6:01 into the game. Just over three minutes later, Finland took advantage of of a two-man advantage to double the lead. Juutilainen closed the first period with a late goal to give Finland a 3-0 lead.
Juutilainen started the second period where he left off, scoring yet another goal coming 1:58 into the period. The goal prompted Slovakia to replace goalkeeper Marek Simko with Thomas Hiadlovsky. Just 12 seconds after entering the game, Hiadlovsky surrendered a goal on the first shot he faced.
But after going down 5-0, the Slovaks settled down and started to chip away at the lead. The first Slovak goal came with less than three minutes left in the second period on a two-man advantage. Slovakia made it a 5-2 game 1:42 into the third period when Milan Jurik scored. Six minutes later Rastislav Konecny pulled Slovakia to within two. But the comeback came to an end when Finland added one last goal in the last eight minutes, killing the Slovak momentum and bringing the final to 6-3.
The game was Finland’s first of the Championship, while Slovakia is winless in its first two games.
Russia earned the first shutout victory of the U18 World Championship in an easy 8-0 decision against Belarus in Angelholm.
Five Russian players finished with two or more points, including Alexander Vasyunov who paced the team with two goals, both of which came less than three minutes apart in the second period. The Russian attack was steady through the first two periods with four power-play tallies and three equal strength goals that were evenly spread throughout the first 40 minutes.
Russia added one last power play goal in the third period, courtesy of Ruslan Bashkirov at the 3:39 mark, bringing the final to 8-0. Russia out-shot Belarus 41-26. Stanislav Galimov earned the shutout for the Russians in net. The win gives Russia an even 1-0-1 record, while Belarus has one defeat in one game.
After a sluggish start, the Canadians were able to overcome Norway on the strength of five power play goals in a 9-2 victory in Halmstad.
Early on, it looked like Canada was in trouble as Norway’s Peter Rohn netted the first goal 5:10 into game. The surprise lead lasted for nearly seven minutes until Canada pulled ahead with a pair of power-play tallies to close the period with a 2-1 lead.
Norway stayed close to Canada for the first half of the second period as the teams exchanged goals. But down only 2-3, Norway soon found itself in penalty trouble, allowing Canada’s power-play to take control of the game.
In an eight-minute span, the Canadians added three power-play goals, including two from Justin Azevedo, who finished the game with a hat trick. The Canadians also had Ben Maxwell to thank for the second-period surge. Maxwell had one goal and four assists in the period and added one last assist in the third period to lead all scorers with six points.
After opening up the lead, Canada continued to dominate adding two last even strength goals to close the game. Canada is undefeated after the win (2-0-0), while Norway drops to 0-0-2.
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