Team USA advanced into the medal round of the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship with a booming 9-3 victory over Slovakia on Monday.
John Gibson gave up 3 goals on 29 shots but it did not matter as the Americans were too much for Slovakia this morning. Finally an eruption of offense like against Team Germany where they exploded for 8 goals in a shutout in their opening match.
John Gaudreau and Vince Trochek both netted a pair of goals to lead the US attack. Jacob Trouba kept his goal a game streak going with his 1st period slap shot. Matus Matis scored 2 goals for Slovakia to keep them from being completely devastated.
With 4 teams eliminated it is now the medal round where the top 2 seeds from each division get byes while the next 2 in each face one another in quarter final play.
Team USA will face the Czech Republic on Wed Jan 2nd early at 2am AZ time. This will begin Medal round play and will be a quarter final match up. This is their opportunity to right any wrongs so far in the tournament. They have two losses both by a 2 to 1 margin against two really good squads in Team Canada and Team Russia.
Team Canada and Team Sweden will get a BYE to the Semi Finals. Also Russia will take on Switzerland for a chance to join Team USA or the Czechs in the semi finals.
|4:05||USA||Cole Bardreau (Ryan Hartman, John Gibson)|
|4:19||Slovakia||Matus Matis (Milan Kolena)|
|5:10||USA||Jake McCabe (Jim Vesey, JT Miller)|
|9:00||USA||John Gaudreau (Shayne Gostisbehere, Jim Vesey)|
|11:45||USA||Mike Rielly (Jim Vesey, JT Miller)|
|13:50||USA||Jacob Trouba (Sean Kuraly, Alex Galchenyuk)|
|18:35||Slovakia||Richard Mraz (Peter Ceresnak, Tomas Nechala)|
|4:55||USA||John Gaudreau (Jake McCabe, Vince Trochek)|
|6:16||USA||Vince Trochek (John Gaudreau)|
|10:00||USA||Vince Trochek (Tyler Biggs, Mario Lucia)|
|9:21||Slovakia||Matus Matis (Milan Kolena, Michal Uhrik)|
|16:16||USA||Alex Galchenyuk (Connor Murphy, Seth Jones)|