2019 World Junior A Challenge

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2019 World Junior A Challenge
Game #9
Preliminary
Final (OT)
December 13, 2019 2:00 pm MST
Encana Events Centre
Dawson Creek, B.C.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
OT
Final
Teams
1
2
3
OT
F
1
2
4
0
7
0
1
1
0
2

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
OT
Final
1
2
3
OT
F
12
16
17
0
45
10
10
9
0
29

Statistics

PP
PIM
4 / 9
8
0 / 3
20

Game Story

AMERICANS DOWN RUSSIA TO FINISH UNBEATEN AT WJAC

JASON LA ROSE

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Brendan Brisson added two goals and an assist to his tournament-leading totals, Gunnarwolfe Fontaine had a goal and two helpers and the United States capped a perfect preliminary round with a 7-2 win over Russia on Friday afternoon.

With two games to go, Brisson (5-7—12) has equalled the tournament scoring record, set in 2013 by Nick Schmaltz and equalled three years ago by Andrei Svechnikov. He has recorded at least three points in each of his last three games.

He also sits just one assist back of Schmaltz and Ian Brady (2012) for the most in one tournament.

The Americans took a very early lead; Josh Lopina won a face-off back to Josh Groll, and his lightning-quick shot beat goaltender Maxim Motorygin just 1:58 after the puck dropped.

Russia pulled even when Marat Khusnutdinov knocked down a clearing attempt at the U.S. blue-line and found Iliya Rychkov behind the defence only 61 seconds into the second period, but Mitch Miller jumped on a turnover in the neutral zone and counted an unassisted marker just 30 seconds later to put the Americans up for good.

Brisson converted on a two-man advantage before the end of the middle frame, setting up in his favourite spot at the right face-off dot and ripping a one-timer past Motorygin off a set-up from Fontaine.

The U.S. power play continued to roll in the third period, scoring three times in less than four minutes.

Fontaine made it 4-1 at 6:52, spinning away from a Russian before going short-side, Brisson scored a carbon copy of his first goal at 9:46 and Sam Colangelo snapped a shot off the arm of Motorygin and in at 10:24.

That was it for the Russian netminder, who was replaced by Yegor Guskov after six goals on 38 shots.

Jack Millar added one more for the U.S. on a rebound in front before Nikita Buruyanov corralled a bouncing puck off the end glass and beat American goaltender Ethan Haider to finish the scoring in the dying minutes.

Both teams will wait for the result of the Canada East-Czech Republic game on Friday night to find out who they will face in the semifinals on Saturday.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Josh Groll

Assists: Josh Lopina
01:58
PENALTY
Penalty: Brendan Brisson
Roughing (2:00)
07:11
PENALTY
Penalty: Dmitriy Zlodeev
Roughing (2:00)
07:11
PENALTY
Penalty: Iliya Rychkov
Tripping (2:00)
18:41
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Iliya Rychkov

Assists: Marat Khusnutdinov
01:01
GOAL
Goal: Mitch Miller

01:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Alex Laferriere
Hooking (2:00)
03:18
PENALTY
Penalty: Eremey Shumilin
Interference (2:00)
03:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Artyom Grushnikov
Holding (2:00)
15:22
PENALTY
Penalty: Filat Zotov
Interference (2:00)
16:52
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Brendan Brisson

Assists: Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, Michael Koster
17:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Ryder Rolston
Slashing (2:00)
19:35
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Marat Khusnutdinov
Tripping (2:00)
04:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Shakir Mukhamadullin
High-Sticking (2:00)
06:13
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Gunnarwolfe Fontaine

Assists: Sean Farrell, Brendan Brisson
06:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Yan Kuznetsov
High-Sticking (2:00)
09:23
PENALTY
Penalty: Eremey Shumilin
High-Sticking - Double Minor (4:00)
09:23
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Brendan Brisson

Assists: Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, Michael Koster
09:46
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Sam Colangelo

Assists: Trevor Kuntar
10:24
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Yegor Guskov

10:24
GOAL
Goal: Jack Millar

Assists: Josh Lopina, Matt Knies
12:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Rhett Pitlick
Interference (2:00)
15:18
GOAL
Goal: Nikita Buruyanov

Assists: Ivan Didkovski, Yan Kuznetsov
17:23

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Ethan Haider USA 60 29 27 2 0.931
Maxim Motorygin RUS 50 38 32 6 0.842
Yegor Guskov RUS 9 7 6 1 0.857

Game Leaders

Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

2 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 15, 2019
2 - 1 W vs. Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 15, 2019
1 - 2 L vs. Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 14, 2019
5 - 1 W @ Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 14, 2019
7 - 2 W @ RussiaRUS
Dec 13, 2019
2 - 7 L vs. United StatesUSA
Dec 13, 2019
Videos
Photos
2018 WJAC: CAN-W 3 – CZE 1 (Bronze)
Holloway scored twice to lead the Canadians to the bronze medal.
2018 WJAC: USA 2 – RUS 0 (Gold)
Saville made 25 saves to backstop the U.S. to its eighth WJAC gold.
2018 WJAC: RUS 4 – CZE 1 (Semifinal)
Nikolaev and Gutik scored PPGs in the third to help Russia advance.
2018 WJAC: USA 3 – CAN-W 2 OT (Semifinal)
Ness ended it in overtime to send the Americans to play for gold.