Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Alex Galchenyuk and Vincent Trocheck, USA

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Alex Galchenyuk - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting captain and Montreal Canadiens prospect Alex Galchenyuk has had a good offensive showing at the 2013 World Juniors (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Team USA entered their New Year's Eve showdown with Slovakia knowing that they had to win to keep their medal hopes alive. And win they did, posting a 9-3 victory over the Slovaks to ensure that the USA lives to fight another day.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Dougie Hamilton and Boone Jenner, Canada

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Boone Jenner - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Oshawa Generals captain and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Boone Jenner suffered through a delayed entry to the 2013 WJC after sitting out a three-game suspension (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

For Dougie Hamilton and Boone Jenner, playing for Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship represents an opportunity to avenge a disappointing showing at the 2012 edition of this tournament, one in which Canada settled for a bronze medal.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Mark Scheifele, Canada

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Mark Scheifele - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Mark Scheifele is showing off his offensive skills in 2012-13 as he sits among the top scorers in the OHL, and is duplicating that feat at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

While a regular shift in the NHL is sure to be his goal, for Barrie Colts forward Mark Scheifele, a return trip to the World Junior Championship might be the second-best option given that the first one  has been obliterated by the NHL lockout.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Jonathan Drouin and Malcolm Subban, Canada

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Malcolm Subban - OHL

Photo: Belleville Bulls goaltender and Boston Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban has been played every minute of Canada's games so far at the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

So far, so good for Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship. The team that many considered the favorite to win gold at this tournament has so far not fallen below expectations as they are a perfect 3-0 after three contests, but with perhaps the toughest match of the preliminary round taking place tomorrow vs. Russia.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Ryan Strome, Canada

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Ryan Strome - Canada

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome is off to a fast start offensively at the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Team Canada has a few returnees from last year's World Junior Championship squad, a team that ultimately fell a little short of their goal of winning gold.

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