U.S. loses another 2-1 game in World Juniors, this time to Canada
December 30, 2012 — 12:48pm
I watched most of the first and second period of the U.S. team's 2-1 loss to Canada in the middle of the night.
The Canadians took a 2-0 lead in the first period when first Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and then Ryan Strome got good looks from low in the slot without anybody bothering them. N-H scored at 7:13, the other Ryan at 14:44.
U.S. goalie John Gibson played well and was named the player of the game for his team. He had 30 stops. Unfortunately, the player of the game for Canada was also the goalie, Malcolm Subban. He turned away 36 pucks.
The U.S.'s only goal came on a power play in the third period. Defenseman Jacob Trouba got the goal in the third period -- his third of the tournament. He has a goal in each U.S. game.
Gophers defenseman Mike Reilly had the second assist. He made the first pass on a rush. The U.S. was 1-for-5 on the power play, Canada 0-for-4.
Now the situation is this: the U.S. finishes Group B play on Monday against Slovakia and it has to win to advance to the medal round. Otherwise, it is the consolation bracket for the second year in a row.
Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow @RomanStrib on Twitter. E-mail Roman.
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