UFA, Russia – The U.S. National Junior Team fell to Russia, 2-1, here tonight at Ufa Arena in the preliminary round of the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. Team USA owns a 1-0-0-1 record (W-OTW-OTL-L), good for third place within Group B.
"Both teams played extremely well," said Phil Housley, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "Both teams were a bounce away from a win and unfortunately for us Russia got the bounce it needed. We'll take a lot from this game tonight. Our game was where it should be and I'm very proud of the way our guys played."
Russia began the scoring at 2:42 of the first period, striking on one of its four power-play opportunities.
The U.S. had the only two power plays of the second period, capitalizing on the latter opportunity at 13:18 to knot the game at 1-1. Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich./Univ. of Michigan) positioned himself at the top of the point and one-timed a feed from Alex Galchenyuk (Milwaukee, Wis./Sarnia Sting) past Russian netminder Andrei Makarov for the tally.
Russia reclaimed the lead, 2-1, at the 4:10 marker on a rebound. Team USA had a power play for the final 1:32 of regulation, yet could not tally the equalizer.
Goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Kitchener Rangers) stopped 28 shots for the United States and Makarov turned in a 41 save performance for Russia.
Team USA next plays Sunday (Dec. 30) in Ufa, Russia, against rival Canada. Game time is 3:30 p.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET) with NHL Network (DirectTV 215, Dish 403) broadcasting live and NHL.com streaming live.
NOTES: Jacob Trouba was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Alex Galchenyuk now leads the U.S. in assists (3) and points (1-3--4) for the tournament ... For the most thorough coverage of Team USA at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, click here ... NHL Network is broadcasting all Team USA games live and re-airing them in prime time each night. NHL.com is also streaming all games live ... Phil Housley (South St. Paul, Minn.), head boy's ice hockey coach at Stillwater (Minn.) High School, is the head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team. He is assisted by Mark Osiecki (Columbus, Ohio), head men's ice hockey coach at Ohio State University, Grant Potulny (Minneapolis, Minn.), assistant men's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota and David Lassonde (Denver, Colo.), assistant men's ice hockey coach at the University of Denver ... Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the fourth consecutive year. Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.) is the director of player personnel ... Use the hashtag #USAWJC to join the conversation on Twitter.
Scoring By Period
First Period – Scoring: 1, RUS, Yarullin (Nesterov, Yakupov), 2:42 (pp). Penalties: USA, Trouba (interference), 2:29; RUS, Mozer (hooking), 2:57; USA, Team (too many men), 9:36; USA, Gibson (tripping), 11:27; USA, Grimaldi (hooking), 14:37.
Second Period – Scoring: 2, USA, Trouba (Galchenyuk), 13:18, (pp). Penalties: RUS, Dyakov (tripping), 5:12; RUS, Kucherov (holding), 12:28.
Third Period – Scoring: 3, RUS, Tkachyov (Nichushkin, Sergeyev), 4:10. Penalties: RUS, Kapustin (checking from behind), 18:28; RUS, Kapustin (10-minute misconduct), 18:28.
Shots by Period
|USA, Gibson, 59:09||7/8||11/11||10/11||28/30|
|RUS, Makarov, 60:00||10/10||16/17||15/15||41/42|
Power Play: USA 1-4; RUS, 1-4
Penalties: USA 4-8; RUS, 5-18