WJC : The New Guy Backstops Finland

by Jonathan Litterine
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Finnish coach Erkka Westerlund showed his players that he wasn’t fooling around. Top draft prospect Kari Lehtonen didn’t play real well against the Swiss , so Westerlund decided he wouldn’t play at all against Russia. So enter Juha Kuokkanen. Kuokkanen didn’t get much help from his Finnish teammates , but he got just enough to win 2-1. Finland’s powerplay which had a ton of chances couldn’t get anything done all night. Yet with 1:02 left in a tied third period , Jyri Marttinen beat Andrei Medvedev to give his team the lead for good. Marttinen got the feed from San Jose prospect Tero Maatta to beat Medvedev who belongs to the Calgary Flames. Russia opened the scoring when Los Angeles’ first round pick in the 2000 draft Alexander Frolov scored. Tampa property Alexander Polushin got the assist. Oddly enough, the Finns tied it on a early third period shorthanded goal from Jarkko Immonen. The game remained tied until Marttinen’s game winner with just over a minute left. Kuokkanen stopped 15 of 16 Finnish shots. Medvedev was exceptional as well stopping 33 of 35 that came his way. But in the end the penalties taken by the Russians ended up costing them the game.

Scoring Summary

2nd Per. RUS – Alexander Frolov (Alex Polushin) 33:30

3rd Per. FIN – Jarkko Immonen (Jussi Jokinen) SHG,42:54
FIN – Jyri Marttinen (Tero Maatta) PPG, 58:58

Goaltenders

FIN – Juha Kuokkanen (16 Shots , 15 Saves) 1-0-0
RUS – Andrei Medvedev (35 Shots , 33 Saves) 1-1-0

Rangers Prospects at 2002 WJC

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Filip Novak, Defenseman, Czech Republic: From all accounts, Novak has played extremely well, although the team certainly isn’t. This year’s WJC is taking place in the Czech Republic, and the hosts are off to a surprising 0-2 start after winning back-to-back gold medals the last two years. The Czechs have been firing a ton of shots, but they have had bad luck when it comes time to put the puck in the net. So far, only Tomas Plekanec, a forward drafted in the 3rd round this past summer by Montreal, has been able to put the Czechs on the board. They suffered a 3-1 loss to team USA, and were shutout today 1-0 by Slovakia, largely in part to a brilliant 45 save performance from goaltender Peter Budaj, a draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche. Through the 2 games, Novak has no goals or points, and is a -1. He also has registered 8 shots on goal. The Czechs have 1 game remaining in the preliminary round, which is against Sweden on December 30th. Since Slovakia is already 2-0, even if the Czechs win and Slovakia loses, Slovakia will still be the top team in Group A. However, weird things have happened in the past once the medal rounds start, so there still may be hope for the Czech Republic to bring home a 3rd straight gold medal. However, they better turn things around fast.

Garth Murray, Center, Canada: Murray may be off to the best start out of all the Rangers’ prospects currently participating in this years WJC. Through 2 games, a 15-0 win over France and a 6-1 win over Switzerland, Murray is tied for fourth in scoring among all players in the tournament Read more»

WJC boxscores

by Ivana Paulova
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Here are the complete results of the first playing day of the World Junior Championship taking place in Pardubice and Hradec Kralove.

Group B

25.12.01 France – Canada 0:15

1st Period

02:42 CAN Kobasew (Spezza) 1:0 PP
14:07 CAN Upshall (Murray) 2:0
14:47 CAN Nash (Boyes) 3:0
16:59 CAN McClement (Murray, Harrison)

2nd Period

22:03 CAN Aulin (Colaicovo, Cammalleri)
26:41 CAN Murray (Upshall)
26:58 CAN Weiss (Bouwmeester, Upshall)
31:04 CAN Cammalleri (Aulin, Paetsch)
35:37 CAN Boyes (Cammalleri)

3rd Period

40:55 CAN Cammalleri (Aulin)
43:09 CAN Upshall (Weiss, Nash)
45:32 CAN Aulin (Cammalleri, McClement)
46:19 CAN Weiss (Colaicovo)
49:29 CAN Boyes (Cammalleri, Aulin)
53:31 CAN Cammalleri (Aulin)

25.12.01 Switzerland – Finland 3:0

1st Period

02:17 SUI Camenzind (Helfenstein) 1:0 PP

2nd Period

scoreless

3rd Period

55:05 SUI Sannitz (Deruns) 2:0 Read more»

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