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World Juniors: Team USA blanks Czech Republic 7-0, faces Canada in semis

Jan 2, 2013, 10:05 AM EDT

Johnny Gaudreau, Jacob Trouba, Seth Jones AP

It may have been a slow start for Team USA against the Czech Republic during the quarterfinals of the World Junior Championships, but it was a definitive finish.

Johnny Gaudreau finished the game with a hat trick, Jacob Trouba had four assists and goalie John Gibson stopped all 31 shots he faced in the Americans’ 7-0 win over the Czechs. Team USA will now face Team Canada in the semifinals tomorrow.

You could say that being in the preliminary “group of death” with Canada, Russia, and Slovakia helped get Team USA ready for this round, and through two periods of play against the Czechs, it felt that way. It was only 1-0 after the first, but 6-0 after 40 minutes with Riley Barber scoring both of his goals in the second.

Now this sets up a crucial game with Canada in the semis. As you’ll remember, Canada took out Team USA 2-1 during the opening round of the tournament but the stakes are a bit higher now with a spot in the gold medal game on the line. Whatever you might’ve thought of their first match-up, expect better this time around. It’s never boring between these two junior hockey powers.

  1. jaybird22seven - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Go Canada Go !!!!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Canada better be careful since they’ve had the extra time off. The US is going to come into this amped up and with some momentum. Should be a good one.

    • martyb30 - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Looks like the Canadians are outnumbered on this site. Interesting….

  2. Stiller43 - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    USA! USA! USA!

  3. danphipps01 - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Yessss. I wanted a rematch. The Americans always give us the best fight out of any team in this tournament. This is going to be great hockey! =)

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 3, 2013 at 5:35 AM

      Be careful what you wish for, eh?

  4. rico33rd - Jan 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Can’t wait, it will be nice to watch good hard nosed North American hockey without worrying about diving and typical European garbage. Too bad it wasn’t the gold medal game. Go Canada!

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