(A picture is worth a thousand words)
Mario Lucia, Mike Reilly and Team USA dropped their second straight at the World Junior Hockey Championship on Sunday. Team Canada edged the Americans 2-1 in a tense, but entertaining affair. It’s the second straight 2-1 loss for the Americans, as they dropped a 2-1 decision to Russia one game earlier.
Mike Reilly did pick up an assist on the only American goal, when Jacob Trouba cut the Canadian lead in half in the third period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome scored for Canada, who improved their record to 3-0-0-0. USA is now 1-2-0-0 and faces a “must win” situation Monday against Slovakia; the winner advancing to the Quarter-Finals.
So the USA, who failed to qualify for the medal round last year in Alberta, are flirting with the same fate yet again one year later. However, I would bet they pull through against the Slovaks, but they have shown they can be a handful (i.e. Canada-Slovakia).
The game can be seen live on TSN starting at 2 AM PT / 5 AM ET or if you reside outside of Canada, on the NHL Network or NHL.com. Canada and Russia follow that one at 6 AM PT / 9 AM PT on TSN
(Team Pacific celebrating their 8-7 OT win over Russia)
Saturday, the 2013 World Under-17 Challenge kicked-off in Quebec, and Team Pacific and Russia started it off with a bang. The two teams combined for 15 goals in four periods, in a see-saw affair, as Pacific won 8-7 in overtime; did they use goalies??
Ryan Gropp started his tournament on the right foot, scoring once and finishing with two points in the win. Team Pacific (1-0-0-0) plays Sweden (2-0-0-0) tomorrow (Monday) in Day 3 action from Drummondville, Quebec.
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