Thursday, January 01, 2009

Canada derails USA; On to the medal round

Team USA scored the first three goals in its WJC preliminary round showdown with Canada, but the hosts rebounded and scored the final three goals—including a pair of empty-netters—and won going away, 7-4. The contest started well for Team USA, especially for the Terrier assistant captains as Kevin Shattenkirk opened the scoring on a slapper from the top of circle, assisted by Colin Wilson. Later Shattenkirk was on the receiving end of a vicious hit from behind (video) by Stefan Della Rovere and Wilson was robbed (video) by a highlight reel save by goalie Dustin Tokarski as he attempted to tied the score in the final period.

Full video highlights of the game--which was intense and chippy from the getgo and included a controversial goal by Canada--are here. Wilson was named player of the game for Team USA, which faces Slovakia Friday in the medal round quarterfinals. If they win, they’ll play Sweden in the semifinals.

We have recaps from USCHO and TSN. Boxscore. Game photos.

World U17 Challenge
In British Columbia at the World U17 Challenge, 2010 Terrier recruit Yassin Cissé assisted on Team Quebec's go-ahead goal in the first period, but Team USA, coached by former Terrier John Hynes, rallied for a 4-3 win to stay unbeaten.

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