2013 World Junior A Challenge
Semyon Afonasyevski scored a pair of goals, Kirill Pilipenko and Daniil Vovchenko had a goal and an assist each and 10 different players had at least a point to help Russia clinch its first-ever gold medal game appearance.
Nick Schmaltz tied a World Junior A Challenge record with five points, scoring twice and adding three assists, and tied the single-tournament scoring record to send the U.S. to the gold medal game for the fifth time in six years.
Karson Kuhlman opened the scoring again for the U.S. and Nick Schmaltz rewrote the record book, but it was Kyle Connor who scored the gold medal-winning goal for the Americans, earning himself the final No. 1 spot on the WJAC 3 Stars of the Day.
Like a few of his Canada West teammates, Tommy Nixon came into the 2013 World Junior A Challenge with previous Team Canada experience. But Nixon’s was a little different from the others; he got his on wheels, not blades.
From wearing the ‘C’ as captain of Canada East at the inaugural World Junior A Challenge in 2006 to making his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers in 2013, Will Acton’s career path was an unconventional, but successful, one.
Jordan Schmaltz is a defenceman, and little brother Nick is a forward. But that’s about the only difference between the two. The younger Schmaltz is carving out his path in hockey, one not much different than his big brother.
For the Canada West duo of Anthony Paskaruk and Maddison Smiley, a World Junior A Challenge gold medal would cap a memorable calendar year that included an RBC Cup national championship with the Brooks Bandits last May.
From set-up men to shutdown defencemen, goal scorers to goaltenders, International Scouting Services has chosen three players from each team on the ice at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth as Players to Watch.
Andrei Kuzmenko scored the game-winner midway through the third period, and Maxim Tretiak made 41 saves to help Russia set up a Friday semifinal with Canada West and send the Czechs to the fifth-place game.
Michael Hugli was the overtime hero 3:54 into the extra period, scoring on the power play as the Swiss erased a 4-2 third-period deficit to top the Canadians and advance to a Friday semifinal match-up with the Americans.
Maxim Mauerhofer turned aside each and every one of the 42 shots he faced for the shutout, and Luca Hischier and Félix Girard each scored once and added an assist to lead the Swiss to a second place finish in Group B.
Karson Kuhlman scored a pair of goals, and Shane Eiserman broke a 2-2 tie midway through the third period to lead the Americans to a win over Canada East, clinching first in Group A and a bye to Friday’s semifinals.
Jeff Wight and Cameron Hughes each scored once and added an assist, and Nicholas Jones and Dane Birks had two helpers apiece to help Canada West wrap up first in Group B and clinch a spot in Friday’s semifinals.
Nick Schmaltz scored twice and added two assists, Connor Hurley finished with a goal and three helpers, and the U.S. scored five times in the second period to open defense of its gold medal with a one-sided victory over Russia.
Alex Gillies broke a 3-3 tie with the winner just 67 seconds into the third period, Dylan Hollman scored a pair of goals and added an assist, and Canada West got the first three points in Group B, edging the Swiss in a thriller.
Kirill Pilipenko had a goal and two assists to pace an offence that got goals from six different players and at least two points from six, as the Russians scored the game’s last six goals – three on the power play – to beat East.
Who recorded the most points at a single World Junior A Challenge? Who scored the fastest goal from the start of a game? Who had the longest shutout streak? Get all the answers in the official World Junior A Challenge Guide & Record Book.

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