United States 6, Russia 3

AMERICANS SURVIVE RUSSIA, WILL PLAY FOR GOLD

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – For the fourth time in as many years, the gold medal game at the World Junior A Challenge will be a North American affair.
Shane Berschbach, Jeff Costello and Colten St. Clair all had a goal and an assist as the United States earned the right to defend its 2008 gold with a 6-3 win over Russia in Friday’s first semifinal at Molson Canadian Arena at CUP.

The U.S. now awaits the outcome of Friday’s late semi between Canada East and Canada West (7 p.m. AT) to find out who it will face in Sunday’s gold medal game (5 p.m. AT, TSN2). The Americans knocked off Canada West to win gold last year, while the two Canadian entries met in the final game in 2006 and 2007.

Russia gave the start in goal to Sergey Kostenko, who stonewalled Canada West in the tournament opener last Sunday, making 32 saves in a 2-1 Russian win. He continued his hot play early as the U.S. outshot the Russians 12-0 in the early going.

Connor Brickley finally solved the Russian netminder 11:25 in, banking a shot off Kostenko’s skate and in for a 1-0 lead.

That goal seemed to rattle Kostenko, who allowed a power play goal from Berschbach, his fourth goal with the man advantage in the tournament – one off the WJAC record – and a nifty deflection from Costello for a 3-0 U.S. lead after 20 minutes.

It looked to be a runaway early in the second period as Nick Mattson converted on the power play to make it 4-0, but the Russians, who made the semifinals in their first two appearances before settling for fifth place last year, came to life in the second half of the game.

First it was Alexey Marchenko sneaking a shot by U.S. goaltender Eric Mihalik to get the European side on the board, followed by Nail Yakupov one-handing a shot from his stomach through Mihalik’s legs less than four minutes later.

Despite being outshot 24-11 through two periods, it was the Russians who had the momentum entering the third, and they cut the lead to one when Ignat Zemchenko scored his team’s third power play goal of the game just 87 seconds into the final frame.

But that would be as close as the Russians would come, thanks to two late penalties which sealed their fate. Beau Bennett scored on a 5-on-3 and St. Clair rounded out the scoring with 11 seconds to go to finally put the game out of reach.

The loss sends the Russians to the bronze medal game (Sunday, 1 p.m. AT) for the third time in four years, where it will take on whichever of the Canadian teams come out on the short end of their final-four showdown.

Game Information
Game Number 09 Round Quarter-Final
Arena Credit Union Place City, Country Summerside, P.E.I.
Month / Day / Year 11/06/2009 Time 02:00 PM AT
Attendance ---- Game Status Final

Box Score 1 2 3 Total
United States (USA) 3 1 2 6
Russia (RUS) 0 2 1 3

Goals/Penalties
First Period

Goals: 
   11:25 USA 20 Connor Brickley (23 John Parker) 
   15:37 USA 22 Shane Berschbach (14 Matt Leitner, 6 Nick Jensen) PP 
   18:54 USA 11 Jeff Costello (19 Colten St. Clair) 

Penalties: 
11:37 USA 24 Nick Mattson (Interference) 
14:34 RUS 13 Roman Lyubimov (Cross Checking) 
20:00 RUS 28 Alexander Kuznetsov (High Sticking) 
20:00 RUS 28 Alexander Kuznetsov (High Sticking) 

Second Period

Goals: 
   02:56 USA 24 Nick Mattson (22 Shane Berschbach, 14 Matt Leitner) PP 
   10:04 RUS 5 Alexey Marchenko (10 Nail Yakupov, 15 Pavel Kulikov) PP 
   14:00 RUS 10 Nail Yakupov (3 Ivan Gavrilenko, 5 Alexey Marchenko) PP 

Penalties: 
04:58 USA 11 Jeff Costello (Interference) 
08:31 USA 22 Shane Berschbach (Roughing) 
08:31 RUS 7 Efim Gurkin (Roughing) 
08:31 USA Team (Too Many Men) 
08:58 USA 16 Mike Parks (Tripping) 
13:15 USA 8 Kevin Gravel (Cross Checking) 
16:28 USA 23 John Parker (Cross Checking) 
19:24 USA 5 Kevin Lind (Cross Checking) 

None

Third Period

Goals: 
   01:27 RUS 16 Ignat Zemchenko (19 Ivan Krasnov) PP 
   15:29 USA 15 Beau Bennett (6 Nick Jensen) PP2 
   19:49 USA 19 Colten St. Clair (18 Derek DeBlois, 11 Jeff Costello) 

Penalties: 
00:28 USA 6 Nick Jensen (Delay of Game) 
06:26 RUS 13 Roman Lyubimov (Tripping) 
07:38 RUS 1 Sergey Kostenko (Interference) 
13:52 RUS Team (Too Many Men) 
15:01 RUS 7 Efim Gurkin (Cross Checking) 


Goaltenders
United States 30 Eric Mihalik On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
Russia 1 Sergey Kostenko On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 Total
United States 16 8 14 38
Russia 4 7 5 16

Player of the Game
United States 11 Jeff Costello
Russia 5 Alexy Marchenko
Scoreboard
Thursday, May 16, 2013
3:00 p.m. AT WST2 5 - WST1 2
Preliminary
7:30 p.m. AT EST 4 - HST 2
Preliminary
Friday, May 17, 2013
  OFF DAY  
Saturday, May 18, 2013
2:00 p.m. AT CEN 4 - WST2 5 (OT)
Semifinal
6:00 p.m. AT HST 3- WST1 2 (OT)
Semifinal
Sunday, May 19, 2013
7:00 p.m. AT HST 1 - WST2 3
Championship



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