POSTED ON Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 1:53 PM
2013 World Junior Championship
Team Canada Schedule
12/26 Germany W 9-3
12/28 Slovakia W 6-3
12/30 USA W 2-1
12/31 Russia W 4-1
1/3* USA L 1-5
1/5** Russia L 5-6 (OT)
* Semifinal Round
* Bronze Medal Game
Team Canada fell in the Bronze Medal Game against Russia in overtime by a score of 6-5 on Saturday. Islanders prospect Ryan Strome did not find the score sheet, while Griffin Reinhart was suspended from the contest for a high-sticking incident that occurred during the semifinal vs. the US.

The Russians established a two-goal cushion on two separate occasions in the first period. Canada drew the score to 3-2 heading into the intermission on a Jonathan Huberdeau power play goal.

The Canadians knotted the score at 3-3 on an early second period man advantage marker. Before the end of regulation, Canada would come back from a 4-3 and a 5-4 deficit to force overtime.

A minute and a half into the extra period, Valeri Nichushkin scored the bronze medal-winning goal for Russia.

Strome finishes the tournament with four goals (including one game-winner) and two assists in six games. Reinhart posted an assist in five games.

BOX SCORE - RUSSIA 6 CANADA 5 (OT)
2013 World Junior Championship
Playoff Round Schedule
1/3* Canada vs. USA USA 5 CAN 1
1/3* Sweden vs. Russia SWE 3 RUS 2 (SO)
1/4** Czech Republic vs. Switzerland CZE 4 SUI 3
1/5*** Canada vs. Russia RUS 6 CAN 5 (OT)
1/5**** USA vs. Sweden USA 3 SWE 1
* Semifinals
** Placement round (5th/6th)
*** Bronze Medal Game
**** Gold Medal Game
Team USA won the Gold Medal Game against defending champion Sweden by a score of 3-1.

Sweden took a 1-0 lead a minute into the second period on a power play goal by Filip Sandberg. Later in the middle frame, the Americans tied the game and took the lead on a pair of Rocco Grimaldi goals less than three minutes apart.

In the third, with Swedish goaltender Nicklas Lundstrom pulled, Vince Trocheck scored an empty-net goal with 16 seconds remaining to make the score 3-1, securing the Americans second gold medal in four years.

BOX SCORE - USA 3 SWEDEN 1




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POSTED ON Friday, 01.04.2013 / 12:31 PM
2013 World Junior Championship
Team Finland Schedule
12/26 Latvia W 5-1
12/28 Czech Republic L 1-3
12/30 Switzerland W 5-4 (SO)
12/31 Sweden L 4-7
1/2^ Germany W 8-0
1/4^ Slovakia W 4-0
^ Relegation Round

Ville Pokka’s Finland squad skated past Slovakia with a convincing 11-4 win Friday, successfully avoiding relegation and guaranteeing a spot in next year’s World Junior Championship. The Islanders second-round draft pick in 2012 recorded a pair of assists in the win.

Finland took a 3-0 lead into the second period, a frame in which they outscored the Slovaks 4-3. Pokka’s helpers came just two minutes apart early in the middle stanza.

Slovakia cut the lead to 7-4 early in the third, but Finland pulled away with four straight tallies down the stretch to secure the victory.

Pokka finishes the tournament with two goals, four assists and a team-leading plus-10 rating in six games.

BOX SCORE - FINLAND 11 SLOVAKIA 4

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 2:11 PM
2013 World Junior Championship
Playoff Round Schedule
1/3* Canada vs. USA USA 5 CAN 1
1/3* Sweden vs. Russia SWE 3 RUS 2 (SO)
1/4** Czech Republic vs. Switzerland 8:00 a.m.
1/5*** Canada vs. Russia 4:00 a.m.
1/5**** USA vs. Sweden 8:00 a.m.
* Semifinals
** Placement round (5th/6th)
*** Bronze Medal Game
**** Gold Medal Game
Griffin Reinhart and Ryan Strome were on the losing end of a 5-1 decision as the United States beat Canada to advance to the Gold Medal Game. Neither Islanders prospect scored a point in the loss.

The US led 2-0 after the first period on a pair of goals by Jake McCabe. The Americans doubled their lead in the second period.

Trailing 4-0, Canada scored a short-handed marker four minutes into the third. But later in the period, John Gaudreau lit the lamp for the US, capping the score at 5-1.

Canada will take on Russia, who lost to Sweden in a shootout in the other semifinal, in the Bronze Medal Game on Jan. 5 at 4:00 a.m. The Gold Medal Game between the US and Sweden will start at 8:00 a.m.

BOX SCORE - USA 5 CANADA 1
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.02.2013 / 3:13 PM
2013 World Junior Championship
Team Finland Schedule
12/26 Latvia W 5-1
12/28 Czech Republic L 1-3
12/30 Switzerland W 5-4 (SO)
12/31 Sweden L 4-7
1/2^ Germany W 8-0
1/4^ Slovakia 8:00 a.m.
^ Relegation Round
Ville Pokka and Team Finland took a big step toward avoiding relegation Wednesday by beating Germany 8-0. The Islanders blue line prospect netted a pair of goals in the game, and along with defensive partner Petteri Lindbohm, posted a game-high plus-5 rating on his way to being named Finland's best player.

The Finns held a 1-0 lead after the first period and extended the lead to three goals in the middle frame. In the third, with the score 4-0, Pokka blasted a slap shot from the right circle through traffic to make the score 5-0. Later in the period, he one-timed a feed from the other side past German goaltender Marvin Cupper to make it 7-0.

Finland’s next game will be Jan. 4 when they take on Slovakia.
 
BOX SCORE - FINLAND 8 GERMANY 0


Scroll to the 3:19 mark to watch Pokka's first goal, and the 4:20 mark to watch the second goal.


2013 World Junior Championship
Playoff Round Schedule
1/3* Canada vs. USA 4:00 a.m.
1/3* Sweden vs. Russia 8:00 a.m.
1/4** Czech Republic vs. Switzerland 8:00 a.m.
1/5*** TBD vs. TBD 4:00 a.m.
1/5**** TBD vs. TBD 8:00 a.m.
* Semifinals
** Placement round (5th/6th)
*** Bronze Medal Game
**** Gold Medal Game

Team USA knocked off the Czech Republic 7-0 Wednesday, setting up a semifinal rematch between the Americans and Team Canada. Team USA forward John Gaudreau netted a hat trick, with all goals coming on the man advantage. By the end of the game, the US side lit the lamp five times on the power play.

The other quarterfinal matchup saw Russia outlast Switzerland 4-3 in a shootout. After scoring the game-tying goal with 1:39 left in the third period, Russia forward Nikita Kucherov beat Switzerland goalie Melvin Nyffeler in the fifth round to send the Russians to a meeting with Sweden in the semifinal.

BOX SCORE - USA 7 CZECH REPUBLIC 0
BOX SCORE - RUSSIA 4 SWITZERLAND 3 (SO)


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POSTED ON Monday, 12.31.2012 / 12:29 PM
2013 World Junior Championship
Team Canada Schedule
12/26 Germany W 9-3
12/28 Slovakia W 6-3
12/30 USA W 2-1
12/31 Russia W 4-1
1/3* TBD TBD
* Playoff Round

Ryan Strome, Griffin Reinhart and the rest of Team Canada emerged with a 4-1 victory over Russia on Monday. Neither Islanders prospect found the score sheet as Canada finished the preliminary round with a perfect 4-0-0 record, earning a bye in the first round of the playoff bracket.

The Canadians scored power play goals less than two minutes apart in the first period. Russia drew the difference back to a single goal later in the period, but Canada added a goal in the second and another (empty-net) in the third.

Canada finished round robin play with a plus-13 goal differential in four games and will have two days off before playing in the semifinals. They await the results of the Jan. 2 quarterfinal matchups between the Czech Republic and the USA, as well as Russia vs. Switzerland.


BOX SCORE - CANADA 4 RUSSIA 1


2013 World Junior Championship
Team Finland Schedule
12/26 Latvia W 5-1
12/28 Czech Republic L 1-3
12/30 Switzerland W 5-4 (SO)
12/31 Sweden L 4-7
1/2^ Germany 6:00 a.m.
^ Relegation Round
Ville Pokka and Team Finland lost to Sweden 7-4 Monday and finished the preliminary round at 2-2-0. With the loss, Finland finished fourth in Group A and failed to qualify for the playoff round. Pokka did not factor into any of the goals, but finished with five shots.

Sweden built a 3-0 lead midway through the opening period, but Finland came from behind to tie the contest at 3-3 in the second. The Swedes scored two more times before the end of the middle frame, and after Finland scored in the third to make the game 5-4, Sweden added two more in a 23-second span to wrap up the contest.

Finland, Germany, Slovakia and Latvia move into the two-game relegation round. Three of the teams will stay to play in next year’s tournament, while the fourth will be relegated to Division I Group A. Finland takes on Germany on Jan. 2.


BOX SCORE - SWEDEN 7 FINLAND 4

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.30.2012 / 1:37 PM
2013 World Junior Championship
Team Canada Schedule
12/26 Germany W 9-3
12/28 Slovakia W 6-3
12/30 USA W 2-1
12/31 Russia 9:00 a.m.

Ryan Strome and Canada continued their undefeated round robin stage with a 2-1 victory over Team USA Sunday. With the Canadians leading 1-0, Strome scored his fourth goal of the tournament at 14:44 of the first period.

In the third period, Jacob Trouba scored for the US to make the score 2-1. As a result, Strome’s tally stood as the game-winner. Griffin Reinhart did not find the score sheet, but finished with a plus-1 rating.

Canada finishes up the preliminary round Monday vs. Russia. With a win, Canada will secure a bye in the playoff round.

BOX SCORE - CANADA 2 USA 1




Here is Strome's goal:

2013 World Junior Championship
Team Finland Schedule
12/26 Latvia W 5-1
12/28 Czech Republic L 1-3
12/30 Switzerland W 5-4 (SO)
12/31 Sweden 7:00 a.m.
Team Finland was in action Sunday as well, beating Switzerland 5-4 in a shootout. Ville Pokka did not register a point, but took five shots on goal as Finland held a 57-23 edge in shots.

The Finns trailed 2-0 after the first period, but tied it at 2-2 before the end of the middle frame. Switzerland regained a two-goal lead in the third, but Finland scored twice in the final seven minutes to force overtime. Markus Granlund scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout, improving Finland’s record to 2-1-0 in the tournament.

Finland concludes its round robin stage on Monday against Sweden, the team that won the tournament last year.

BOX SCORE - FINLAND 5 SWITZERLAND 4 (SO)

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POSTED ON Friday, 12.28.2012 / 10:42 AM
2013 World Junior Championship
Team Canada Schedule
12/26 Germany W 9-3
12/28 Slovakia W 6-3
12/30 USA 4:30 a.m.
12/31 Russia 9:00 a.m.

Team Canada came from two goals down to beat Slovakia 6-3 Friday behind two goals from Islanders prospect Ryan Strome.

The Canadians trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes before Strome's goal at 2:16 of the second period made the score 2-1. Islanders 2012 first round pick Griffin Reinhart assisted on Mark Scheifele's goal late in the second that gave Canada a 4-3 lead.

Strome scored one of Canada's two goals in the third period as goaltender Malcolm Subban held Slovakia off the board in the final frame. In two games, Strome has three goals and two assists.

"We had to deal with a lot of obstacles and I think that’s a sign of a growing team that comes back in a game like that," Strome said after the game. "We had a lot of different guys step up and every line was good. You have to be happy with our effort."

Canada is 2-0-0 in the round robin portion of the tournament, and faces Team USA on Sunday, Dec. 30.

BOX SCORE - CANADA 6 SLOVAKIA 3


2013 World Junior Championship
Team Finland Schedule
12/26 Latvia W 5-1
12/28 Czech Republic L 1-3
12/30 Switzerland 2:30 a.m.
12/31 Sweden 7:00 a.m.
After starting the tournament with a win over Latvia, Team Finland lost to the Czech Republic 3-1 Friday.

The Czechs took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission before Teuvo Teravainen scored early in the second for Finland to cut the lead to a single goal. Pokka earned the primary assist on the play, and has two helpers in as many games during the tournament.

The Czech Republic added an insurance marker in the third, handing Finland its first loss.

At 1-1-0, Finland will be back in action on Sunday, Dec. 30 against Switzerland.

BOX SCORE - CZECH REPUBLIC 3 FINLAND 1


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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.27.2012 / 12:52 PM

No Islanders prospects in action today, but we have Team USA highlights below. The Americans opened round robin play today with an 8-0 win over Germany.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.26.2012 / 1:00 PM
2013 World Junior Championship
Team Canada Schedule
12/26 Germany W 9-3
12/28 Slovakia 4:30 a.m.
12/30 USA 4:30 a.m.
12/31 Russia 9:00 a.m.

Team Canada got off to a hot start in the preliminary round of the 2013 World Junior Championship, beating Germany 9-3 Wednesday in Ufa, Russia. Islanders prospects Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart dressed for Canada, who improved to 1-0 in Group B play.

The Canadians held a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes before finding the back of the net five times in the second period. Strome scored at 13:48 of the middle frame, giving Canada a 6-1 lead at the time. The Germans scored twice before the end of the period, but the game was well in hand for Canada with a 7-3 lead heading into the third.

Strome assisted on two more tallies in the final period, giving him three points and a plus-3 rating for the day. Canada is in action again on Friday, Dec. 28 when they take on Slovakia.

BOX SCORE - CANADA 9 GERMANY 3


2013 World Junior Championship
Team Finland Schedule
12/26 Latvia W 5-1
12/28 Czech Republic 2:30 a.m.
12/30 Switzerland 2:30 a.m.
12/31 Sweden 7:00 a.m.
In Group A, Islanders prospect Ville Pokka and Team Finland were also in action on the opening day of the tournament, topping Latvia 5-1.

Just 1:54 into the contest, Pokka assisted on Artturi Lehkonen’s goal, putting the Finns ahead 1-0. Finland led 3-1 after the first period, and 5-1 after the second period before playing a scoreless third.

Finland’s next game will be Friday, Dec. 28, when they play the Czech Republic.

BOX SCORE - FINLAND 5 LATVIA 1

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