United States 6, Belarus 1

AMERICANS ROUT BELARUS TO EARN SECOND IN GROUP B

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Heartbroken in its 2009 World Junior A Challenge opener against Canada East on Sunday night, when it blew a 4-1 third-period lead and lost in a shootout, the United States made sure it did not make the same mistake again Tuesday.

Up 4-1 after 40 minutes against Belarus, the Americans outshot the European side 14-8 in the third period and potted two more goals to cruise to a 6-1 win in the preliminary round finale at Molson Canadian Arena at CUP.

The victory gives the U.S. second place in Group B and sets up a quarter-final match-up with Sweden on Thursday (2 p.m. AT), while Belarus, as a result of its third-place finish, meets Canada West in Thursday’s late quarter (7 p.m. AT).

It was the American power play, more specifically Shane Berschbach and Matt Leitner, that owned the first period, as Leitner twice set up Berschbach for back door goals with the man advantage to give the North Americans a two-goal lead after 20 minutes.

The PP struck again 7:27 into the second period, with Leitner and Berschbach combining to set up U.S. captain David Gerths for the 3-0 goal.

The game’s first 5-on-5 goal came less than four minutes after that, although it was a 6-on-5 advantage for the Americans thanks to a delayed penalty call. Derek DeBloid did the sniping from the slot for the U.S., pushing its lead to four goals.

Kiryl Brykun finally put a puck past American netminder Eric Mihalik on the Belarussians’ 13th shot of the second period, deftly redirecting a pass Nikita Remezov past Brykun with 32 seconds left in the frame to give Belarus a glimmer of hope heading to the third.

That glimmer would be short-lived, however, as Beau Bennett knocked a rebound past Stanislau Artynski and Colten St. Clair banked a shot off a Belarussian defender to cap the scoring in the third period.

St. Clair’s goal was the Americans’ fourth power play marker of the game – the U.S. finished the prelims with as 23.5% success rate with the man advantage, good for third in the tournament. The leader? Belarus, which finished at 30.8% (4-for-13).

Game Information
Game Number 06 Round Preliminary
Arena Credit Union Place City, Country Summerside, P.E.I.
Month / Day / Year 11/03/2009 Time 07:00 PM AT
Attendance ---- Game Status Final

Box Score 1 2 3 Total
United States (USA) 2 2 2 6
Belarus (BLR) 0 1 0 1

Goals/Penalties
First Period

Goals: 
   14:42 USA 22 Shane Berschbach (14 Matt Leitner, 10 David Gerths) PP 
   16:52 USA 22 Shane Berschbach (14 Matt Leitner, 3 Eamonn McDermott) PP 

Penalties: 
04:40 BLR 16 Aliaksandr Kachan (Holding) 
06:58 USA 10 David Gerths (High Sticking) 
09:36 USA 17 Nic Dowd (Boarding) 
13:36 BLR 3 Dzianis Hrybko (Tripping) 
14:22 BLR 10 Nikita Remezov (Holding Opp. Stick) 
16:01 BLR 8 Viachaslau Raitsou (Delay of Game) 

Second Period

Goals: 
   07:27 USA 10 David Gerths (22 Shane Berschbach, 14 Matt Leitner) PP 
   11:59 USA 18 Derek DeBlois (17 Nic Dowd, 4 Kevin Albers) 
   19:28 BLR 11 Kiryl Brykun (10 Nikita Remezov, 14 Aliaksandr Famin) 

Penalties: 
04:36 USA 9 Chris Crane (Interference) 
06:57 BLR 5 Siarhei Bahaleisha (Tripping) 
14:32 BLR 6 Aliaksei Sadovik (Hooking) 
19:41 BLR 4 Kanstantin Zholudzeu (High Sticking) 

Third Period

Goals: 
   06:03 USA 15 Beau Bennett (16 Mike Parks, 24 Nick Mattson) 
   19:37 USA 19 Colten St. Clair (9 Chris Crane) PP 

Penalties: 
02:56 USA 9 Chris Crane (Roughing) 
08:44 BLR Team (Too Many Men) 
09:35 USA 24 Nick Mattson (Hooking) 
09:55 BLR 19 Siarhei Drozd (High Sticking) 
11:36 BLR 16 Aliaksandr Kachan (Holding) 
14:15 USA 20 Connor Brickley (Interference) 
18:04 BLR 15 Raman Malinouski (Slashing) 


Goaltenders
United States 30 Eric Mihalik On 1/0:00 Off 3/20:00
Belarus 1 Stanislau Artynski On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 Total
United States 8 15 14 37
Belarus 5 13 8 26

Player of the Game
United States 22 Shane Berschbach
Belarus 4 Siarhei Bahaleisha
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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