Thursday, January 04, 2018

Weather cancels Friday's exhibition game vs. U18s; US falls, Canada advances

BU Athletic press release issued 1/4/18:

BOSTON -  Due to travel issues caused by the snowstorm that has impacted the Northeast, the Boston University men's ice hockey team's exhibition contest against the U.S. National Under-18 Team on Friday (Jan. 5) at Agganis Arena has been cancelled. The game will not be rescheduled.

Agganis Arena will contact ticket holders regarding options for exchanges for future games or refunds.

The Terriers' home game against Maine on Saturday (Jan. 6) will go on as scheduled at 7 p.m. In addition, the start time for the Jan. 13 contest versus Providence at Agganis Arena has been moved to 5 p.m. to avoid an overlap with the New England Patriots' AFC Divisional Round game.

World Junior Championships

Team USA’s attempt to repeat last year’s IIHF WJC gold medal performance fell short with a 4-2 loss to Group B top seed Sweden in the semifinal. The Swedes will face Canada—a 7-2 winner against the Czech Republic in the other semi—in tonight’s championship game, starting at 8 p.m. ET. The U.S. and the Czechs will play for bronze today at 4 p.m. ET.

Sweden held a 1-0 lead in the second period, when Team USA found itself breaking in on a 3-on-0 rush—due to a poor Swedish line change. Casey Mittlestadt’s shot was turned away in what may have been the game’s turning point.  Sweden would break the game open in the third period, scoring three times, including two shorthanders 38 seconds apart, in the first 8:25 of the period. 

At that point, Jake Oettinger replaced Joe Woll in the U.S. net. Four minutes later, Kieffer Bellows got the U.S. on the board and then Brady Tkachuk cut the margin to two with an extra-attacker goal at 16:59. But that was as close as Team USA would get.

● USA Hockey recap
● IIHF Canada-Czech Republic recap and box score
● Video highlights: USA-Sweden
● recap
● SB Nation recap

Looking back
Charlie Coyle scored his fourth goal in Minnesota’s 6-2 win against Buffao.

Matt Nieto scored his seventh goal in Colorado’s 2-0 blanking of Columbus.

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