Russians Are World Junior Champions
Russia came back from a three-goal deficit in the third period to earn a 5-3 victory over Canada to claim the gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo, NY on Wednesday night. It was Russia’s first win since they defeated Canada at the 2003 World Juniors in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Russians now lead the all time rivalry over Canada in the gold medal finals four games to three.
All of the Russian goals came with 12:33 left in regulation. Forward Artemi Panarin led the way for the winners with two goals while forward Vladimir Trasenko added a goal and assist. Forward Maxim Kitsyn and Nikita Dvurechenski each added a goal apiece. Kitsyn will join the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors for the remainder of the season.
Forwards Brayden Schenn (Brandon Wheat Kings, 1G, 1A), Carter Ashton (Regina Pats, 1G) and defenseman Ryan Ellis (Windsor Spitfires 1G) all scored for Canada. Montreal Juniors Louis Leblanc, Sudbury Wolves forward Marcus Foligno and Oshawa Generals forward Calvin De Haan all added assists. London Knights goalie Igor Bobkov came on in relief of Dmitri Shikin at the 13:33 mark of the second and stopped all 20 shots he faced to get the win. Niagara Ice Dogs goalie Mark Visentin made 22 saves in the loss.
In the bronze medal game Team USA skated to a 4-2 win over Sweden for its first ever back to back medals at the World Juniors and the Americans’ first medal in the tournament that was won on home soil. Boston College forward Chris Kreider led the way with two goals while University of Denver forward Drew Shore and University of Minnesota forward Nick Bjustad each had a goal apiece. Syracuse Crunch forward Kyle Palmieri had two assists while defensemen Nick Leddy (Rockford IceHogs) and Jon Merrill (University of Michigan), along with forwards Chris Brown (University of Michigan) and Ryan Bourque (Quebec Remparts), all had one helper each. Forwards Jesper Fasth and Oscar Lindberg scored Sweden’s markers. Windsor Spitfires’ netminder Jack Campbell made 34 saves in the win. Frederik Petersson Wentzel made 40 stops in the loss.
Following the event all of the awards and all-star teams were announced.
Best Goalkeeper: Jack Campbell, USA
Best Defenseman: Ryan Ellis, Canada
Best Forward: Brayden Schenn, Canada
Best Players of Each Team Selected By Coaches:
Canada: Jared Cowan, Ryan Ellis, Brayden Schenn
Czech Republic: Michal Hlinka, Jakub Jerabek, Antonin Honejsek
Finland: Sami Vatanen, Joonas Nattinen, Joni Ortio
Germany: Dominik Bittner, Corey Mapes, Marcel Noebels
Norway: Tobias Skaarberg, Andreas Stene, Jonas Oppoyen
Russia: Vladimir Tarasenko, Smitri Shikin, Yevgeni Kuznetsov
Switzerland: Juraj Majdan, Richard Panik, Miroslav Preisinger
Sweden: Tim Erixon, Johan Larsson, Patrick Cehlin
USA: Jack Campbell, Charlie Coyle, Jon Merrill
Goalkeeper: Jack Campbell, USA
Defensemen: Ryan Ellis, Canada; Dimitri Orlov, Russia
Forwards: Yevgeni Kuznetsov, Russia; Brayden Schenn, Canada; Ryan Johansen, Canada
MVP: Brayden Schenn, Canada
Schenn finished as the scoring leader with eight goals and 10 assists in seven games; while Campbell was the tournament’s top goalie with his 1.70 goals against average and .941 save percentage.
The tournament also set record for the most attended IIHF event in US history as 331,297 fans attended the games in Buffalo and Niagara. They beat the previous record of 268,139 set over 35 games for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. The 2005 World Juniors in Grand Forks, N.D. and Thief River Falls, Minn. had an average attendance of 193,256 for 31 games.
German defenseman Dominik Bittner was suspended three games for a cross check to the head and neck area on Norwegian forward Andreas Steine during their relegation round game on Tuesday. There was no penalty called on the play but tournament Chairman Frank Gonzales requested a review of it. The IIHF’s appointed Disciplinary Judge, NHL referee Dan Marouelli, handed out the suspension. Germany has been relegated to DI for 2012; and since Bittner is eligible to play at that tournament he will serve the suspension then.
Team Ontario Wins World U17 Challenge
Team Ontario won the World U17 Challenge with a 5-3 win over Team USA in front of 12 060 fans at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB on Tuesday night. Ottawa 67s forward Sean Monahan led the way with two goals while Mississauga St. Michaels Majors’ forward Kerby Rychel, Belleville Bulls’ forward Brendan Gaunce and Sudbury Wolves’ forward Matthew Campagna all had one goal each. Forwards Nikolas Olsson and Miles Koules, as well as defenseman Seth Jones, scored for the USA. Daniel Altshuller picked up the win making 18 saves; while Collin Olson and Jared Rutledge combined for 13 saves in the loss.
Team Pacific needed overtime to defeat Team Quebec 5-4 to win the bronze medal. Chilliwack Bruins’ forward Brandon Magee scored the game winner 1:34 into the overtime. His Bruins teammate forward Steven Hodges, along with Calgary Hitmen forward Robert Trzonkowski, Prince Albert Raiders forward Mike Winther and Medicine Hat Tigers forward Hunter Shinkaruk, all added the Ontario goals.
Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward Dominic Poulin led the way for Team Quebec with two goals. Devon Fordyce made 21 saves in the win while Shawinigan Cataractes’ netminder François Tremblay stopped 19 in the loss. Team Pacific defenseman Matt Dumba, who plays with the Red Deer Rebels, finished the tournament as the top scorer with 12 assists; while Altshuller went 4-0-0 with a 1.39 GAA and .936 Sv% to finish as the top goalie.
Gibson, O’Brien, and Hazen Are Telus Three Stars
Chicoutimi netminder Christopher Gibson, Acadie-Bathurst forward Zach O’Brien and Val-d’Or forward Jonathan Hazen are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending January 9th. Gibson followed that up with 23 more in the Sagueneens’ 3-2 loss to Victoriaville on Saturday and ended it with 36 more and the second star of the game award as Chicoutimi was outshot, 38-23, in its 3-2 win over Drummondville on Sunday. He finished the week with a 1.50 GAA and .950 Sv%.
O’Brien began the week with one goal, one assist and the third star of the game award in the Titans’ 4-3 loss to Saint John on Tuesday. He scored once, added three helpers, and was the first star of the game in his team’s 6-2 win over Cape Breton on Friday. He ended the week with two goals, two assists, and another first star of the game award as the Titans swept the Screaming Eagles with a 9-3 blowout win on Saturday. He finished a plus-5 for the week.
Hazen scored four times, including the game-winner 29 seconds into the second period, as Val-d’Or skated to a 9-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday. He was the first star of that contest. He added one goal, helped out on three more, and was the second star of the game on Saturday as the Foreurs lost 6-4 to Montreal. He added another goal in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Shawinigan.
Gibson made 37 saves and was the first star as Chicoutimi was outshot 38-26 in their 2-1 win over Montreal last Tuesday.
Trade Winds Continue
As the QMJHL trading deadline approached there were several trades made in the League last week. On Wednesday, Cape Breton sent left winger Pier-Antoine Dion to Drummondville for the Voltigeurs’ 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft first round pick. Dion has found the back of the net 13 tiems and lent a helping hand on 10 more in the 41 games that he has played with Cape Breton this season.
Drummondville acquired Baie-Comeau’s 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft seventh round pick for forward Julien Tremblay.
Chicoutimi sent rearguard Eric Gelinas to Saint John for defenseman Guillaume Cloutier. Gelinas has nine goals and 15 helpers in 35 games this year. Cloutier has seven points in 36 games.
Shawinigan sent rearguard Garrett Clarke to Acadie-Bathurst for the Titan’s 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft first round pick. Clarke has two goals and 11 helpers to go along with his plus-13 rating over the 29 games that he has skated in with Halifax and Shawinigan.
On the last morning of the trade deadline on Thursday Halifax sent goalie Mathieu Corbeil-Theriault to Saint John for goalie Frederic Piche and the Sea Dogs’ 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft third round selection.
Rimouski acquired Jamie Bishop from Halifax for the Oceanic’s 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft third round pick.
Shawinigan sent Raphael Pouliot to Montreal for the Cataractes’ 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft second and third round selections. They also got Alex Lemieux from Halifax for their 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft third round selection.
Jean-Laurence Beauchemin was sent from PEI to Montreal for the Juniors’ 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft fifth round pick. They also sent Denis Kindl, their 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft second round pick, and 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft first round pick to Cape Breton for Viktor Hertzberg.
Gatineau acquired top point-getter Philip-Michael Devos and a 2013 QMJHL Entry Drafat third round pick from Victoriaville in exchange for Benjamin Laliberte, the Tigres’ 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft first and second round pick, and their 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft first round selection.
Rouyn-Noranda sent defenseman Troy Vance to Victoriaville in exchange for the Tigres’ 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft eighth round pick. Victoriaville then got Guillaume Naud and a 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft fifth round pick from Val-d’Or for their 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft fourth round pick.
Anthony Goulet moved from Victoriaville to Halifax for the Tigres’ 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft fourth round pick while Rimouski sent Charles-Antoine Roy to Victoriaville for the Tigres’ 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft fifth round pick and their 2012 Import Draft first round selection.
Quebec sent Kyle Campbell and their 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft fifth round pick to Cape Breton for Brandon Boutilier and the Screaming Eagles’ 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft fifth round selection.
Cape Breton traded Jean-Sebastien Fournier to PEI for the Rocket’s 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft fifth round pick and their 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft third round selection.
Cape Breton acquired Marc-Andre Kaiser and Dany Potvin from Shawinigan for the Eagles’ 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft sixth round selection.
Drummondville traded Alexandre Comtois to Rouyn-Noranda for Jerome Raymond.
Julien Lavasseur moved from Rimouski to Drummondville for the Voltigeurs’ 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft third round pick. The teams then traded picks. Drummondville acquired Rimouski’s 2011 Import Draft first round pick in exchange for the Voltigeur’s 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft seventh round pick.
Michael Morin went from Baie-Comeau to Rimouski for the Oceanic’s 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft eighth round pick.
Gatineau sent Gabriel Carignan and Hugo Laporte to Baie-Comeau for the Drakkar’s 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft third round pick.
Chcioutimi sent Pierre-Karl Marion to Rouyn-Noranda for the Huskies’ 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft 11th round pick.
Acadie-Bathurst sent Connor Gagnon to Val-d’Or and acquired the Foreurs’ 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft eighth round selection.
The Games This Week
There were five games at the World under-17 Challenge on Monday as Germany finished in ninth place with an 8-5 win over Slovakia. Forward John Koslowski led the way for Germany with two goals while defenseman Dominik Tiffels and forwards Sven Ziegler, Benjamin Zientek, Markus Eberhardt and Marcel Kurth added a goal each for Germany. Forward Milan Kolena led the way with two goals for Slovakia while forwards Peter Hrehorcak, Jan Blasko and Tomas Palecek also lit the lamp. Marvin Cüpper made 37 saves in the win while Michal Dovina and Richard Sabol combined for 22 in the loss.
Finland earned a seventh place finish with a 5-4 win over the Czech Republic. Forward Rasmus Kulmala added two goals while forwards Teuvo Teravinen, Arturi Lehkonten and Kalle Torniainen added a lone goal each. Forwards Tomecek, Dominik Volek, Matej Zadrazil and Jan Schless added the Czech markers. Oskari Setänen made 17 saves in the win while Marek Langhamer made 21 in the loss.
Team Atlantic finished in fifth place with a 2-1 win over Team West. Forward Devon Oliver-Dares and Gatineau forward Taylor Burke added the Team Atlantic markers. Portland forward Brendan Leipsic scored for Team West. Victoriaville Tigres’ netminder Brandon Whitney made 34 saves in the win while Tri-City Americans’ netminder Chris Dreidger made 17 in the loss.
In the semis the USA needed overtime to advance to the finals with a 6-5 win over Team Pacific. Forward Nicolas Kerdiles scored the game winner 7:24 into the extra frame. Forward Ryan Hartman led the way with two goals while defensemen Jacob Trouba and Matt Grzelcyk, along with forward Stefan Matteau, had a goal apiece. Moose Jaw defenseman Morgan Rielly led the way for Team Pacific with two goals while Chilliwack Bruins’ forward Brandon Magee, Medicine Hat Tigers’ forward Hunter Shinkaruk and Prince George Cougars’ forward Troy Bourke all scored a lone goal. Jared Rutledge made 19 saves in the win while Mackenzie Skapski and Devin Fordyce combined for 28 in the loss.
The other semi also went to overtime as Team Ontario edged Team Quebec, 2-1. Ottawa 67s forward Sean Monahan scored both Ontario goals with the game winner coming 1:52 into the extra frame. Chicoutimi Sagueneens’ forward Charles Simard-Hudon added Quebec’s goal. Daniel Altshuller made 25 saves in the net while Val-d’Or Foreurs’ netminder François Tremblay made 24 in the loss.
There were three games at the World Juniors on Tuesday as forwards Petter Roste Fossen, Heinz Kristian Hollstedt and Nicholas Weberg, who plays at Shattuck St. Mary’s High School, scored for Norway as they ended their 18 game WJC losing streak with a 3-1 win over Germany. Windsor Spitfires’ forward Tom Kuhnhackl scored the lone Germany marker with Kitchener Rangers’ forward Tobias Reider adding an assist. There were no points for defenseman Konrad Abeltshauser (Halifax), or forwards Marcel Noebels (Seattle Thunderbirds), Mirko Hofflin (Quebec Remparts) or Bernhard Keil (Kamloops Blazers). Steffan Soberg made 41 saves in the win while Niklas Treutle made 22 in the loss. Norway finished ninth and Germany 10th, and both teams will be relegated to the 2012 WJC DI group and replaced by Latvia and Denmark next year in Edmonton and Calgary.
In the second game Switzerland skated to a 3-2 shootout win over Finland giving them fifth place in the tournament. Forwards Luca Camperchioli, Inti Pestoni, and Yannick Herren scored the Swiss markers. Portland Winterhawks’ forward Nino Niederreiter and Plymouth Whalers’ forward Dario Trutmann added one assist each; while there was nothing for Shawinigan forward Dominik Schlumpf,and Portland forward Sven Bartschi. Herren’s goal was the shootout winner as he was the only shooter to score.
University of Minneosta forward Erik Haula added a goal and assist for the Finns; while forward Teemu Pulkkinen added a single. Benjamin Conz made 21 saves in the win; while Joni Ortio made 28 in the loss.
The final game of the day saw the Czechs and Slovaks take to the ice with the Czech Republic coming away with a 5-2 win over their former countrymen. Halifax forward Martin Frk and PEI forward Andrej Nestrasil led the way with a goal and assist each. Rimouski Oceanic forward Jakub Culek and forwards Thomas Rachunek and Petr Holik added singles. Drummondville Voltigeurs forward Ondrej Palat added an assist while former Lewiston MAINEiac Michal Hlinka had nothing and neither did Rimouski forward Petr Straka or Moose Jaw Warriors’ forward Adam Honejesl, Ottawa 67s forward Adam Sedlak, or Chilliwack Bruins’ forward Robin Soudek. Belleville Bulls forward Richard Panik scored both of the Slovakian markers with Gatineau Olympiques’ defenseman Adam Janosik adding the lone assist. There was nothing for Saint John Sea Dogs’ forward Tomas Jurco, Kamloops Blzers’ forward Dilibor Bortnak, Prince George Cougars rearguard Martin Marincin, Red Deer Rebels’ forward Andrej Kudrna, and Moncton Wildcats forward Martin Hrivik. Filip Novotny made 19 saves in the win; while Dominik Riecicky and Calgary Hitmen netminder Juraj Holly combined for 40 in the loss. The Czech Republic finished seventh and Slovakia eighth.
In the QMJHL Brent Andrews added two goals as Halifax doubled PEI 4-2; Stephen Anthony and Nathan Beaulieu scored for Saint John in the shootout as the Sea Dogs edged the Wildcats 4-3; Alex Saulnier was a one man scoring machine for Moncton as he scored all three goals in the Wildcats’ edged Cape Breton 3-2; center Matthew Bissonnette had a goal and three helpers to lead Lewiston to a 7-0 blowout of Drummondville; defenseman Hugo Laporte added a goal and assist to lead Gatineau past Shawinigan 4-2; left winger Yannick Dube scored once and assisted on two more as Victoriaville went into Baie-Comeau and came out with a 5-2 win; forward Jonathan Bonneau scored the game winner 4:37 into the third as Chicoutimi edged Montreal 2-1; Louis Domingue made 26 saves in Quebec’s 4-2 win over Rimouski; and right winger Nicloas Larocque-Marcoux led the way with two goals and two assist as Val-d’Or hammered Rouyn-Noranda 9-2.
Tyler Howe, Hrivik, Scott Trask, Alex Saulnier, and Devon MacAusland scored for Moncton; while Matthew Boudreau netted Halifax’s lone goal in the Wildcats’ 5-1 win; Felipe Corbo scored the game winner 3:49 into the third as PEI edged Rimouski 4-3; Zack o”Brien led the way with a goal and three assists as Acadie-Bathurst skated to a 3-2 win over Cape Breton; Bryce Milson and Michael Chaput both scored twice to lead Lewiston to a 6-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda; Maxime Clermont made 39 saves as Gatineau was outshot 40-27 in their 5-1 win over Victoriaville; Palat added a goal and assist as Drummondville skated to a 3-1 win over Drummondville; and Samuel Hodhod scored twice to lead Shawinigan to a 4-1 win over Quebec.
Trevor Parkes had two goals and one assist as Montreal welcomed Val-d’Or with a 6-4 win; Brandon Hynes and Phillip Danault both scored in the shootout for Victoriaville in their 3-2 win over Chicoutimi; Gabriel Levesque found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on four more as Acadie-Bathurst swept their series with Cape Breton with a 9-3 win; Michael Kirkpatrick led the way for Saint John with two goals and two assists, while Steven Anthony scored twice and assisted on one more, and Nathan Beaulieu had two goals as Saint John blasted Halifax 9-2; Nestrasil led the way with three helpers as PEI skated to a 6-2 win over Rimouski; and Chaput had two more goals plus one helper as Lewiston beat Rouyn-Noranda 6-1 on Saturday night.
The weekend ended with five games on Sunday with two going into overtime and one being decided in a shootut.The shootout saw Rimouski edge Moncton 2-1 in a shootout as Jarrad Struthers and Felix Lefrancois scored the shootout goals for Rimouksi; while Allain Saulnier did the same for Moncton.
Guillaume Asselin scored the game winner with a power play goal with 12 seconds left in overtime as Chicoutimi edged Moncton 3-2; while Michael Bournival also did the same thing with a power play goal at the 1:21 mark of the extra frame as Shawinigan got past Val-d’Or 3-2.
Adam Janosik had a goal and assist to lead Gatineau to a 5-3 win over Montreal; and Joel Champagne and Alexandre Grenier did the same for Quebec as they skated to a 4-1 win over Baie-Comeau.
Saint John continues to lead both the Martime Division and overall standings with their 33-5-0-2 record and 68 points; while Telus East leaders Quebec (32-8-1-2, 67 points) are hot on their heels; and Montreal is the top team in the Telus West division as they have won 28 games, while losing seven, with four overtime losses, and three shootout losses giving them 63 points.
Gatineau forward Philip-Michael Devos is the scoring leader with 29 goals and 47 assists in the 41 games that he has played with Victoriaville and the two that he has skated in with Gatineau; while Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau is second with 27 goals and 38 helpers over the 40 games that he has skated in; and Quebec forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault rounds out the top three as he has found the back of the net 26 times while lending a helping hand on 35 more over a 43 game period.
Chicoutimi netminder Christopher Gibson leads all goalies as he has won nine games while losing seven with one overtime loss and four shootout losses, has a goals against average of 2.09 and a 0.930 SAV%. Backstopping his way into second place is Saint John netminder Jacob DeSerres (15-2-0-0, 2.23 GAA, 0.922 SAV%); while Gatineau’s Maxime Clermont rounds out the top three with his 22 wins, six losses, one overtime loss, and two shootout losses; a 2.44 GAA, and 0.903 SAV%.
The Games To Come
On Tuesday play begins again as Saint John welcomes PEI.
On Wednesday Cape Breton is at home to Drummondville; Baie-Comeau travels to Victoriaville; and Gatineau is at home to Quebec.
On Thursday Cape Breton hosts Acadie-Bathurst; while Halifax is in Lewiston, and Rouyn-Noranda is at home to Montreal.
The weekend begins with four games on Friday as PEI is at home to Chicoutimi; Drummondville is in Saint John; Baie-Comeau is in Quebec City to face the Remparts; Rimouski is at home to Shawinigan; and Montreal makes their way to Val-d’Or.
Fourteen teams take to the ice on Saturday as Gatineau is at home to Halifax; Rimouski welcomes Baie-Comeau in a Telus East matchup; Lewiston is in Victoriaville; Acadie-Bathurst hosts PEI in a Maritime clash; Chicoutimi is in Moncton; Drummondville and Saint John faceoff in Saint John; and Rouyn-Noranda welcomes Telus West rivals Val-d’Or.
The week ends with six games on Sunday as PEI and Cape Breton faceoff in a Maritime contest; Chicoutimi continues their East Coast swing with a stop in Bathurst, while Drummondville does the same in Moncton; Halifax makes a stop in Montreal; a Telus West contest has Gatineau at home to Shawinigan; while a Telus East affair has Victoriaville and Lewiston taking to the ice in Victoriaville.