Saturday, January 03, 2009

Slovakia stuns USA in Ottawa

Team USA dominated Slovakia on the ice, but not on the scoreboard, falling 5-3 in the WJC quarterfinals, despite a 47-19 shot advantage and having a penalty shot. Colin Wilson assisted on USA’s first goal and Kevin Shattenkirk’s slapshot was converted by Jonathon Blum for the team’s second goal. But for most of the game, the Americans couldn’t solve Slovak goalie Jaroslav Janus. USA Hockey blog.

As a result, Team USA will meet the Czech Republic in the fifth place game, a disappointing situation for a squad considered one of the tournament’s favorites.

In the World U17 Challenge, Team USA, coached by John Hynes, remains undefeated heading into the semifinals and has outscored its four opponents by a 29-5 margin. Team Quebec with Terrier 2010 recruit Yassin Cissé will play for fifth place.

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