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Team USA falls to Russia in World Juniors Quarterfinals

Jan 2, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT

Russia's Anton Slepyshev, right, is congratulated by team mate Nikita Zadorov after Slepyshev scored 3-4 in the World Junior Hockey Championships quarter final between USA and Russia in Malmo, Sweden on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo / TT News Agency / Andreas Hillergren) ** SWEDEN OUT ** AP

The United States were not able to defend their 2013 gold medal winning run in this year’s World Junior Championship.

After falling short in their match against Canada in the Preliminary round, Team USA was forced to play against Russia in the Quarterfinals.

The Americans got off to a strong start and held a 3-2 lead through the first 20 minutes. Stefan Matteau, who the New Jersey Devils took with the 29th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, led the charge for Team USA with a goal and an assist.

Buffalo Sabres prospect Nikita Zadorov turned things around for Russia in the second period by scoring back-to-back goals over the span of just 61 seconds. Pavel Buchnevich collected the empty netter with 28 seconds remaining to finalize Russia’s 5-3 victory.

Team USA’s Jon Gillies allowed four goals on 24 shots while Andrei Vasilevski made 30 saves.

Russia will advance to play the winner of Sweden versus Slovakia in the Semifinals.

  1. djshnooks - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Big Nikita said yesterday, “I know how to score on Gillies, just wait til tomorrow.”

    Dude is the next Chara…so confident in j’s abilities and a complete monster!

  2. missthemexpos - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    My fearless predictions, Canada wins gold in the Juniors, and at the Olympics gold for Canada’s men and for the U.S. women’s.

  3. lowenni - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    After Russia scored the empty net goal the Russian coach did this to the US bench:

    http://twitpic.com/dqyf7p

    He freaking told them to suck a ****. Classless.

    • joey4id - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      First of all, that wasn’t the coach. Secondly, he did that because a classless player, Hartman, hit a Russian player with his stick from the bench. Though the Russian player was show boating as he passed in front of the USA bench after scoring, you don’t use your stick like that.

      • thailer35 - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        Clearly you didn’t click the link…

        But that’s classic wiser, more evolved and holier-than-though Joey!

      • joey4id - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        That guy in the orange jacket is not the coach.

      • thailer35 - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        He’s obviously on the staff. Coach, trainer, equipment manager, whatever, that’s not the point. And you know what you don’t do? Taunt another team, especially on the world stage, or make obscene gestures on live television, both of which make you and your whole country look bad. Not saying what Hartman did was right, but if I was Russian, I would be embarresed at the representation of my country displayed here.

      • joey4id - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        I agree. But! I would be much more disappointed if it came from the head coach. The one who is ultimately responsible for the well being of the kids and the image of the country. Were you around in 1972 when Eagleson and the trainer from team Canada gave the finger salute to the crowd from center ice in Russia? Well! They learned from us. :-) Class is not a given to anyone regardless of social status. Hartman didn’t show any class either. Maybe more subtle, but still not classy.

      • lowenni - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Even if he’s just a trainer, it’s still classless and certainly not the trainers place to do anything. Hartman may have hit a player illegally, and I don’t approve of that either, but as a trainer or coach or whoever it is, you keep your cool, you don’t tell the other team to suck a ****. That’s beer league stuff.

        Also, this celebration: http://twitpic.com/dqyf25 is absolutely classless. You don’t celebrate like that after an empty net goal in front of the opposing teams bench.

      • joey4id - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Loweni, it was classless all around. So to single out the trainer is hypocritical. Beer league! There has been similar displays in the NHL, and by NHL players during international events in Russia. It happens. Would you like to see some videos or do you believe me?

      • lowenni - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        I’m singleing out the elder on a group of kids who should set an example and act like an adult. I wasn’t talking about Hartman’s hit. Your reply made it sound like you were defending the trainer and the players’ actions as if they were okay because of Hartman’s hit…I wasn’t being hypocritical or singling anyone out. I was sharing a single link.

      • joey4id - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        loweni, I hear you, but take a look around you. The adults are constantly screwing up. I doubt what the trainer did, as classless as it was, will have a negative effect in the grand scheme of things in Russia.

  4. drewzducks - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Collapse much?

    • lowenni - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Not really…it was a one goal lead. It happens. Not a collapse, just a loss.

      • joey4id - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Yeah! They’ve been preparing for this tournament for 12+ months to be knocked out of the medal rounds. Just a loss alright!

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        Actually joey, the players all play for different teams. Had they spent even one month together practicing as a team, it might have made quite a difference.
        Close game, only one team can win. Had it been 8-0 it would have been embarrassing.

  6. thomasvanek - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Sorry to see team USA go down, but as a Sabres fan I’m happy to see Grigorenko and Zadorov move on. Russia for the gold!

  7. macjacmccoy - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    That’s what you get for not playing Stolarz.

  8. pfhockey - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    That’s not fair, they had a Vasilevski.

  9. dolphincult - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    only thing better than watching usa lose to Russia was watching Canada beat them first. Cant wait for the Olympics to hear that “U-S-A” cheer turn to tear and then listen to mouthpiece Brian Burke burry his own team like I know he will.

  10. dt58 - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    So, if someone says something that you don’t like, make sure you prove how classless they are by hitting a guy in the face on the ice (from the bench) with the stick is the perfectly logical way to react. And after that, make sure you go in front of the media and tell everyone that they were classless. Got it

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