Canada East 1, United States 6

MULLIN'S HAT TRICK LEADS U.S. TO OPENING WIN OVER EAST

PENTICTON, B.C. ' Jimmy Mullin scored a hat trick, including the game-winner 14 minutes into the second period, as the United States opened defence of its World Junior A Challenge gold medal with a 6-1 win over Canada East on Monday afternoon.

The U.S., which has won the last two WJAC golds, gained a measure of revenge for last year's tournament-opening lost to the easterners, a game in which it led 4-1 after two periods before watching the Canadians mount a comeback.

After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, Mullin got the Americans on the board first, poking a loose puck past Canada East goaltender Jordan Ruby on a U.S. power play just 77 seconds into the period.

Evan Rodrigues pulled the Canadian side even with a man advantage goal of his own, this one coming with the Americans down two men, but that would be the lone goal to beat U.S. netminder Zane Gothberg, who turned aside 23 of the 24 shots he faced.

Mullin's second of the game restored the U.S. lead just under four minutes after Rodrigues' goal, and Max McCormick snapped a shot from the slot past Ruby for a two-goal advantage just 57 seconds after that.Caleb Herbert jumped on a Seth Ambroz rebound with under two minutes to go in the frame, capping off a period that saw the Americans score four times on 13 shots.

The U.S. continued to apply the offensive pressure early in the third period ' a point shot from Brian Cooper eluded Ruby at 4:46, and Mullin capped off his hat trick by slipping a backhand around the East goaltender four minutes later, providing the final margin of victory.

Captain Colten St. Clair, Ryan Dzingel and Garrett Allen all chipped in with two assists for the Americans,who will enjoy an off-day Tuesday before facing Sweden on Wednesday afternoon (4 p.m. PT). Canada East, meanwhile, is right back to action Tuesday, facing the Swedes at 4 p.m. PT.

Game Information
Game Number 01 Round Preliminary
Arena South Okanagan Events Centre City, Country Penticton, B.C.
Month / Day / Year 11/08/2010 Time 4:00 PM PT
Attendance 2017 Game Status Final

Box Score 1 2 3 Total
Canada East (CAN E) 0 1 0 1
United States (USA) 0 4 2 6

Goals/Penalties
First Period

Goals: 
   None

Penalties: 
04:13 USA 1 Zane Gothberg (Interference) 
07:11 USA 6 Brian Cooper (Tripping) 
11:27 CAN E 21 Kyle Baun (Charging) 
18:51 USA 6 Brian Cooper (Interference)

Second Period

Goals: 
   01:17 USA 14 Jimmy Mullin (17 Colten St. Clair, 10 Garrett Allen) 
   10:06 CAN E 15 Evan Rodrigues (16 Matthew Peca, 12 Zach Hyman) PP 
   13:57 USA 14 Jimmy Mullin (22 Tommy Fallen, 24 Austin Czarnik) 
   14:49 USA 15 Max McCormick (18 Ryan Dzingel, 10 Garrett Allen) 
   18:09 USA 19 Caleb Herbert (20 Seth Ambroz) 

Penalties: 
00:00 CAN E 20 Nick Huard (Hooking) 
08:29 USA 2 Scott Mayfield (Elbowing) 
09:45 USA 19 Caleb Herbert (Cross Checking) 
11:54 CAN E 21 Kyle Baun (Hooking) 
15:07 USA 4 Aaron Harstad (Slashing)

Third Period

Goals: 
   04:46 USA 6 Brian Cooper (7 Jordan Schmaltz, 18 Ryan Dzingel) 
   08:44 USA 14 Jimmy Mullin (17 Colten St. Clair) 

Penalties: 
16:46 CAN E 11 Tyson Spink (Too Many Men)


Goaltenders
Canada East 31 Jordan Ruby On 1/0:00 Off 3/20:00
United States 1 Zane Gothberg On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 Total
Canada East 9 7 8 24
United States 8 13 16 37

Player of the Game
Canada East 16 Matthew Peca
United States 14 Jimmy Mullin
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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