2007 World Junior A Challenge

United States 9, Russia 6


Down by two goals on three separate occasions, and trailing for most of the game, Team USA rallied time after time, finding a way to escape with a 9-6 win over Russia to capture the World Junior A Challenge bronze medal. Nick Dineen had two goals for the Americans, including the game-winner at 17:00 of the third period, and one assist.

Russia opened the scoring at 2:39 mark of the first period. Forward Anton Lazarev came flying down the off-wing, and fired a quick hard shot that went in off U.S. goaltender Brady Hjelle. Evgeny Grachev made it 2-0 at 15:07, converting a great feed from Pavel Chernov.

USA did get a number of quality chances in the opening stanza, actually leading 12-7 on the shot clock, but trailing 2-0 on the scoreboard.

The Americans were finally rewarded with a first goal at 5:45 of the second frame. Nico Sacchetti skated into the slot and scored on Alistratov, cutting Russia’s lead to 2-1.

Russia reclaimed a two-goal lead at 8:28 of this middle frame, on a highlight reel Nikita Filatov breakaway, as he sent a backhand shot high over goaltender Hjelle.

USA was back to within a goal when Jimmy Hayes scored on a weak backhand that handcuffed Alistratov. Sacchetti registered his second of the afternoon to tie the game for the first time soon after, which chased Alistratov from the game, after he had allowed three goals on 15 shots. Alexander Pechurskiy took over in net for Russia.

The change in net seemed to wake up the Russians, who scored twice in the final five minutes of the second period to restore their two-goal advantage. Pavel Chernov, at 14:58, and Dmitri Kugryshev, at 19:58, made it 5-3 Russia going into the final period.

But once again, USA battled back to even the game. Goals by Hayes, his 2nd of the game, and Drew LeBlanc made the score 5-5 early in the final period. Russia was back in front for a final time at 7:32, on a Viacheslav Voinov goal.

That set the stage for USA’s final dramatic comeback. After a Tim Hall goal evened the score at 6-6, Dineen gave the Americans their first lead of the night at 17:00 of the final frame. Nick Larsen and Barry Almeida closed out the scoring to give USA the bronze medal.

USA was making it’s debut at the World Junior A Challenge this year, while Russia won bronze at the in Yorkton.

Game Information
Game Number 12 Round Bronze Medal
Arena Cominco Arena City, Country Trail, B.C.
Month / Day / Year 11/11/2007 Time 02:00 PM PT
Attendance 1228 Game Status Final

Box Score 1 2 3 Total
United States (USA) 0 3 6 9
Russia (RUS) 2 3 1 6

First Period

   02:39 RUS 9 Anton Lazarev (19 Evgeni Grachev, 18 Dmitri Kugryshev) 
   15:07 RUS 19 Evgeni Grachev (8 Pavel Chernov, 28 Nikita Filatov) 

02:54 USA 4 Tyler Kieffer (High Sticking) 
08:02 USA 22 Nick Dineen (Cross Checking) 
17:34 RUS 12 Pavel Lukin (Slashing) 
17:53 RUS 27 Maxim Chudinov (High Sticking) 

Second Period

   05:45 USA 9 Nicolas Sacchetti (19 Barry Almeida) 
   08:28 RUS 28 Nikita Filatov (5 Dimitry Kostromitin) 
   09:49 USA 16 Jimmy Hayes (5 John Lee) 
   11:21 USA 9 Nicolas Sacchetti (19 Barry Almeida, 22 Nick Dineen) 
   14:58 RUS 8 Pavel Chernov (21 Kirill Petrov, 23 Sergei Ostapchuk) 
   19:52 RUS 18 Dmitri Kugryshev (27 Maxim Chudinov, 17 Andrey Loktionov) PP 

03:34 RUS 27 Maxim Chudinov (Slashing) 
18:41 USA 2 Max Nicastro (Tripping) 


Third Period

   04:50 USA 22 Nick Dineen (18 Ben Blood, 19 Barry Almeida) PP 
   06:14 USA 24 Drew LeBlanc (21 Jack Connolly) 
   07:32 RUS 24 Viatcheslav Voinov (27 Maxim Chudinov, 18 Dmitri Kugryshev) PP2 
   14:50 USA 23 Tim Hall (21 Jack Connolly, 20 Blake Kessel) 
   17:00 USA 22 Nick Dineen (9 Nicolas Sacchetti, 19 Barry Almeida) 
   18:38 USA 17 Nick Larson (16 Jimmy Hayes, 24 Drew LeBlanc) 
   19:04 USA 19 Barry Almeida (18 Ben Blood) 

00:32 RUS 28 Nikita Filatov (Slashing) 
03:41 RUS 28 Nikita Filatov (Holding) 
07:20 USA 18 Ben Blood (Holding) 
07:20 USA 2 Max Nicastro (Checking from Behind) 
07:20 USA 2 Max Nicastro (10-Minute Misconduct) 
10:50 RUS 14 Mikhail Fisenko (Hooking) 

United States 30 Brady Hjelle On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
Russia 1 Danila Alistratov On 1/00:00 Off 2/11:21
20 Alexander Pechurskiy On 2/11:22 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 Total
United States 12 10 12 34
Russia 6 12 7 25

Player of the Game
United States 9 Nicolas Sacchetti
Russia 27 Maxim Chudinov
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