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USA 6, Belarus 1

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 4:10 PM
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2014 IIHF World Championships Blog
USA 6, Belarus 1

Islanders forwards Brock Nelson and Colin McDonald both scored, as Team USA defeated Belarus 6-1 Friday in Minsk, Belarus. Jacob Trouba led the way with two goals, while Johnny Gaudreau and Jake Gardiner also scored for the United States in the team's opening game of the 2014 World Championshps.

Nelson connected for the game's first goal at 12:22 of the opening period. Working on the power play, Tyler Johnson bounced a centering feed off of Craig Smith's skate and onto Nelson's stick for a quick snap past Belarus goalie Andrei Mezin.

Late in the second period, Trouba and Gaudreau scored 56 seconds apart to make it 3-0 USA. Trouba hammered home a one-timer from the point at 14:49 and Gaudreau ripped a wrist shot through a defenseman and under the cross bar at 15:55.

McDonald made it 4-0 at 17:42 of the second period, sweeping home a cross-ice feed from Jimmy Hayes. It was McDonald's first career international tournament game and goal. In the final seconds of the middle period, Belarus cut into the USA lead, as Andrei Stepanov came through on the power play at .

A frustrated Belarus team got into penalty trouble late in the game and Trouba and Jake Gardiner made them pay, adding late power-play goals in the closing minutes of the third period.

Team USA is back in action Saturday against Switzerland at 1:45 p.m.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 21 15 5 1 59 52 31
2 PIT 18 13 3 2 68 40 28
3 TBL 21 13 6 2 75 59 28
4 NYI 19 13 6 0 64 56 26
5 BOS 21 13 8 0 57 52 26
6 DET 19 10 4 5 54 45 25
7 OTT 19 9 6 4 52 50 22
8 TOR 20 10 8 2 63 62 22
9 WSH 19 9 7 3 55 52 21
10 NYR 19 8 7 4 52 58 20
11 NJD 20 9 9 2 49 56 20
12 FLA 17 7 5 5 38 44 19
13 PHI 18 7 9 2 53 58 16
14 CAR 19 6 10 3 45 58 15
15 CBJ 19 6 11 2 47 68 14
16 BUF 20 5 13 2 34 69 12

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Nelson 19 9 9 4 18
J. Tavares 19 7 11 -4 18
K. Okposo 19 5 13 -1 18
R. Strome 19 4 11 8 15
F. Nielsen 19 5 7 5 12
J. Boychuk 18 2 10 5 12
N. Kulemin 19 4 6 0 10
N. Leddy 19 5 4 7 9
M. Grabovski 16 4 5 5 9
J. Bailey 11 3 4 5 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 8 4 0 .914 2.54
C. Johnson 5 2 0 .876 3.33

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