Canada 2 - United States 1

CANADA'S SUBBAN STEPS UP IN 2-1 WIN OVER U.S. AT WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

UFA, Russia – Canadian goaltender Malcolm Subban had his best game of the world junior hockey championship so far in a 2-1 win over the United States on Sunday.

The Belleville Bulls goaltender made 36 saves for Canada, which is unbeaten in three games and faces host Russia on New Year's Eve for first place in Pool B.

The winner gets a bye to the semifinal, while the loser must play in a quarter-final. Russia is currently second in the pool at 2-0-1.

Monday's game will feature the first overall picks from the last two NHL drafts.

The Edmonton Oilers made Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Burnaby, B.C., their No. 1 selection in 2011 and chose Russian forward Nail Yakupov first this year. Both are captains of their respective countries in the tournament.

Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome scored in the first period for Canada against the Americans (1-2), who need to beat Slovakia on Monday to earn a playoff berth.

Subban made several key saves as Canada was outshot 37-32 in the game. Canada was minus forwards Boone Jenner and J.C. Lipon, who both served suspensions.

They will be back in Canada's lineup against Russia, but the Canadians played with 11 forwards Sunday.

“It was really a character win in a lot of ways,” Canadian head coach Steve Spott said. “The moral of the story tonight is our depth players, our penalty killers, you know obviously Malcolm Subban.

“I'm really proud of him. It's a big moment for Malcolm. He stood up tall to the task tonight.”

Subban had given up three goals on 28 shots in each of his previous two wins in the tournament.

Canada had to kill off a boarding penalty to Nugent-Hopkins with 97 seconds remaining in the game.

Defenceman Jacob Trouba pulled the U.S. within a goal at 11:02. But the Americans hurt their own comeback attempt with penalties.

Captain Jake McCabe and forward Ryan Hartman took misconducts for checking to the head later in the third period. Trouba and forward Tyler Biggs took minors as well.

U.S. goaltender John Gibson, who played for Spott's Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League, also had an excellent game with 30 saves.

“You expect the best from him every night and he laid it out on the line for us tonight,” U.S. assistant captain J.T. Miller said. “Penalties kind of took us out of it. It's a bad feeling.”

The U.S., which finished seventh in the 2012 tournament, has lost back-to-back games by one goal with a 2-1 loss to the Russians as well.

“We had our chances,” coach Phil Housley said. “It's one thing if you're not getting the opportunities to score, but we are. We've played two very good hockey teams and had a chance to tie the game in both.”

When Ty Rattie and Phil Danault were foiled on a short-handed, two-on-one scoring chance, Trouba scored a power-play goal on the following rush back to Canada's end.

Strome made it 2-0 at 18:19 of the first period with his fourth of the tournament. Brett Ritchie worked the puck out from behind the net and Strome snapped it upstairs on Gibson.

Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring for Canada at 7:13 in the first period, when his team won the faceoff in the U.S. zone. He feathered a low wrist shot past Gibson.

Subban, a Boston Bruins prospect, stopped John Gaudreau on a breakaway in the first period and held off an American flurry during a double minor to Canada's Griffin Reinhart early in the second.


Game Information
Game Number
Round Preliminary
Arena
City, Country
Month / Day / Year 12/30/2012 Time 04:30 AM ET
Attendance   Game Status Final

 

Box Score 1 2 3 Final
Canada (CAN)
2
0 0 2
United States (USA)
0 0 1 1

 

Goals/Penalties
First Period
Goals:
   07:13 CAN 9 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (11 Jonathan Huberdeau, 19 Mark Scheifele)
   14:44 CAN 18 Ryan Strome (20 Brett Ritchie, 15 Anthony Camara)
PP

Penalties:
   11:14 USA 16 Riley Barber (Slashing)
   18:19 CAN 18 Ryan Strome (Slashing)


Second Period
Goals:
   None

Penalties:
   06:52 CAN 28 Griffin Reinhart (High Sticking)
   06:52 CAN 28 Griffin Reinhart (High Sticking)
   12:11 USA 3 Seth Jones (Slashing)


Third Period
Goals:
11:02 USA 8 Jacob Trouba (15 Alex Galchenyuk, 6 Mike Reilly) PP

Penalties:
   07:35 CAN 30 Malcolm Subban (Tripping)
   09:51 CAN 18 Ryan Strome (Delay of Game)
   12:06 USA 19 Jake McCabe (10-Minute Misconduct)
   12:06 USA 19 Jake McCabe (Checking to the Head)
   13:30 USA 22 Tyler Biggs (Inter. on Goaltender)
   15:50 USA 8 Jacob Trouba (Charging)
   15:50 USA 21 Ryan Hartman (Checking to the Head)
   15:50 USA 21 Ryan Hartman (10-Minute Misconduct)
   16:25 USA 25 Vince Trocheck (Cross Checking)
   16:25 CAN 11 Jonathan Huberdeau (Slashing)
   18:23 CAN 9 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Boarding)


 

Goaltenders
Canada 30 Malcolm Subban On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
United States
35 John Gibson On 1/00:00 Off 3/18:58

 

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 Total
Canada 11 8 13 32
United States
10 15 12 37

 

Player of the Game
Canada 30 Malcolm Subban
United States
35 John Gibson