Quarterfinals Preview: Workforce USA vs. Czech Republic

Quarterfinals Preview: Team USA vs. Czech Republic

The U.S. Nationwide Junior Workforce earned a spot within the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship quarterfinals with a win over Slovakia, however now faces Czech Republic on Wednesday at 4 a.m. ET.

The People struggled to attain targets in opposition to Russia and Canada, however regained the offense in opposition to Slovakia with a 9-3 victory on Monday. If the workforce is to succeed in the semifinals it might want to preserve that momentum in opposition to a Czech goaltender who has been very stingy this event.

Patrik Bartosak leads the Czech Republic in objective and has a 1.98 targets in opposition to common. He is seen 79 photographs in three video games and made 73 saves. The People have amassed 165 photographs on objective within the event and can be sure you take a look at Bartosak.

The Czech Republic has unfold the offense round its lineup. Dmitrij Jaskin leads the workforce with 5 factors (two targets, three assists), and general 14 separate playes have registered factors.

Workforce USA ranks third within the event in scoring effectivity and may look to particular groups to crack the Czech protection and open the sport. The Czechs haven’t been penalized usually, they’re ninth in penalty minutes, however when they’re quick handed they’ve struggled. On the penalty kill, Czech Republic has a 72% success charge and the American energy play is scoring 29% of its possibilities.

The U.S. is probably the most penalized workforce within the event, but additionally has the very best penalty kill share at 88%. Czech Republic has solely three energy play targets on 18 possibilities.

Workforce USA took Tuesday off to get better from again to again video games, however did journey to the world for a workforce photograph (Video). Head coach Phil Housley has swapped defensive pairs and line mixtures earlier than and throughout the Slovakia recreation. He and his employees have frolicked scouting Czech Republic to search out the matchups that may give the U.S. its finest likelihood to return to the semifinals for the primary time since 2011.

After 9 targets in opposition to Slovakia, the U.S. has factors from all however one participant. Alex Galchenyuk leads the best way with seven factors (two targets, 5 assists) and Jacob Trouba has 4 targets for the workforce lead in that class.

Goaltending has been maybe the groups finest place thus far. John Gibson has a 1.93 targets in opposition to common and has 103 saves on 110 photographs confronted. Given the variety of penalty kill conditions confronted, Gibson has been every thing coaches hoped for after which some.

The winner of Wednesday’s recreation will advance to play Canada, which gained Group B, within the semifinals on Thursday.

Wednesday’s recreation shall be aired reside at 4 a.m. ET on NHL Community-U.S. USAHockey.com will even run a reside recreation weblog the place followers can be part of the dialog to debate the sport.