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.
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