USA Stays Perfect at World Juniors
CHN Staff Report
TORONTO Boston University forward Clayton Keller had a goal and an assist to help lead Team USA past Russia, 3-2, a the World Junior Championshp.
The U.S. had previously defeated Latvia and Slovakia, and is in first place in its group. There is one more group game remaining, against Canada on New Year's Eve (3:30 p.m. ET).
“That was an exciting game to be a part of and I’m real proud of these guys for the effort they gave,” said Bob Motzko, head coach of Team USA and of St. Cloud State. “It was a quick turnaround from yesterday, but the guys in this locker room continue to rise to every challenge that comes their way. We’ve got a chance to win our group on Saturday and position ourselves nicely for the quarterfinal and I know we’ll be ready.”
Team USA can clinch first place in Group B with a victory against Canada.
Keller opened the scoring for the U.S. 4:14 into play. Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College) fed a cross-ice pass to the left faceoff dot for Keller, who deked around a defender and slid a backhand shot past goaltender Ilya Samsonov for the score.
Russia evened the game with 8:01 left in the first period on a shorthanded goal, but Team USA continued to dominate territorially into the second period. It regained the lead early in the second on a power-play goal by Boston College's Colin White off a rebound from a point shot by BU's Charle McAvoy.
Troy Terry (Denver) gave Team USA a two-goal advantage at 11:41 of the second period. Erik Foley (Providence) carried the puck into the corner before delivering a centering pass for Terry, who deflected it past Samsonov for his second goal in as many games.