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U20 WJC Game Day: 12-28-13

Group A
USA 6 vs. Slovakia 3
Adam Erne, USA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Devils first rounder Stefan Matteau scored a goal as USA cruised over Slovakia 6-3.

Canada 4 vs. Czech Republic 5 (SO)
Jonathan Drouin, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 0 PIM

Jonathan Drouin had a power play goal and even strength helper and scored Canada's lone shootout goal in their 5-4 loss to Czech Republic. Drouin was named Canada's Best Player after the match. 2014 draft eligible Jakub Vrana had a goal in the win for the Czechs.

Group B
Sweden 4 vs. Finland 2
Henri Ikonen, Finland, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

Columbus first rounder Alexander Wennberg had 2 goals and 3 points to lead Sweden to a 4-2 win over rival Finland. Blackhawks first rounder Teuvo Teravainen had 2 helpers in defeat for the Finns.

Russia 7 vs. Switzerland 1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 0.67 GAA, .970 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy allowed the Swiss a game opening First Period goal, but slammed the door the rest of the way in Russia's commanding 7-1 win. Sabres first rounder Mikhail Grigorenko again scored a goal for the Russians.

U20 WJC Game Day: 12-27-13

Group B
Finland 5 vs. Norway 1
Henri Ikonen, Finland, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Henri Ikonen took a minor for hooking as Finland crushed Norway 5-1. His line was also on the ice for Norway's only goal late in the Third Period. Henri did tie for the game high in shots on goal with 6.

U20 WJC Game Day: 12-26-13

Group A
Germany 2 vs. Canada 7
Jonathan Drouin, Canada, 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM

Jonathan Drouin had 2 PP helpers and 1 ES helper and was 73% on 11 draws as Canada crushed Germany 7-2. Drouin is wearing an A for Canada in this tournament.

Czech Republic 1 vs. USA 5
Adam Erne, USA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Adam Erne was held scoreless as USA cruised to a 5-1 win over Czech Republic. Erne started the game on a line with Blackhawks first rounder Ryan Hartman, son of former Lightning forward Mike Hartman, and 2014 draft eligible Jack Eichel.

Group B
Norway 0 vs. Russia 11
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Win, 7/7, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

In a glorified exhibition, Andrey Vasilevskiy played the opening 29:20 of a combined 11-0 shutout of Norway with backup Ivan Nalimov. Buffalo first rounder Mikhail Grigirenko had 1 goal and 3 points for the Russians.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Eleven 1-5-13

Bronze Medal Match
Canada 5 vs. Russia 6 (OT)
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 5-3-8, +4, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 0-4-4, +1, 2 PIM

Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 7GP, 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, DNP
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 3-0-1, 1 SO, 1.81 GAA, .950 sv%

Lightning prospect Artem Sergeev had a secondary assist on Valeri Nichuskin's overtime game winning goal to lift Russia to a 6-5 win the Bronze Medal Match of the U20 World Junior Championships in front of the home crowd in Ufa. Fellow Lightning prospect defenseman Nikita Nesterov also chipped in a power play helper in the winning effort. Nikita Kucherov, who is among the tournament leaders in scoring, failed to find the scoresheet against the Canadians. Goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy, who had both of Russia's previous starts, did not dress for the game. For the Russians, although failing to win Gold on home ice is disappointing, having only lost to the Swedes in a shootout in the Semifinals and then to defeat the Canadians in the Bronze Medal Match is certainly reason to hold their heads high. Sergeev and Kucherov will return to their respective clubs in the QMJHL while Nesterov will likely return to Chelyabinsk of the KHL and Ufa of the KHL will make a determination now on where to assign Vasilevskiy.

Update:
Team USA defeated Sweden in the Gold Medal Match of the U20 WJC's 3-1.

At the conclusion of the game, the tournament released its awards. By vote of the coaches, Vasilevskiy and Nesterov were named two of Russia's top three players in the tournament.

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