U.S. National Junior Team Wins 11-3 Over Denmark in IIHF World Junior Championship Opener

U.S. National Junior Team Earns 11-3 Win  over Denmark in IIHF World Junior Championship Opener

EDMONTON, Alta. — Charlie Coyle (East Weymouth, Mass./Boston Univ.) Three goals scored Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev./Univ. Denver) had a goal, and two assists as the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team won an 11-3 victory over Denmark at Rexall Place.

“We still have much to do,” stated the spokesperson. Dean Blais,The head coach for the U.S. National Junior Team. “But getting that first win was important. There was much to build on.

Only 24 seconds into this contest, the U.S. held a lead of 1-0 when Coyle shot by. Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich./Univ. Sebastian Feuk, goaltender for Denmark in Michigan, is past.

Denmark tied the score at 3:12 in the second with a power play goal. Team USA took the lead again less than 90 seconds later, when Zucker scored a goal that was just short of Feuk’s glove. Then, Jarred Tinordi (Millersville/London Knights) The score was 3-1 after his shot bounced off the back of a Denmark player and into the net.

Six goals were scored by the United States in the second period. Nick Bjugstad (Blaine, Minn./Univ. Minnesota) connected with a one-timer at 1:15 that found its way through Feuk’s pads. To make it 5-2, Coyle scored his second power play of the night at 7:12 to complete the scoring.

Team USA Kyle Rau (Eden Prairie, Minn./Univ. Minnesota). Bill Arnold (Needham College/Mass.) J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio/Plymouth Whalers) combined for three goals in less than two minutes midway through the second to extend the U.S. advantage to six goals. Rau then scored his second goal at 16:01, when a shot was by Austin Watson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Peterborough Petes) ricocheted off his pads and over the goal line.

After another Denmark power play goal was scored four minutes into the third, Coyle’s goal and a late slap shot by the U.S. completed the scoring. Stephen Johns (Wampum, Pa./Univ. of Notre Dame).

Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich./Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds made 21 saves during the win. Feuk and Denmark goalies Feuk also contributed to the victory. Dennis JensenThey combined their efforts to save 33 lives in a losing cause.

Team USA will face Finland in the second round of its preliminary round at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. The game will begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

NOTES: Charlie Coyle was named Team USA’s Player of the Game … Team USA was 4-for-4 in the power play while Denmark was 3-for-3 with man advantage. In other tournament action, Canada defeated Finland, 8-1, while Sweden topped Lavia, 9-4, and Russia blanked Switzerland, 3-0 … NHL Network U.S. will televise all Team USA games in the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship and 15 games total in the event.  The U.S. National Junior Team won back-to–back medals in this year’s IIHF World Junior Championship. It had earned a bronze in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as a gold at the Saskatoon, Sask, 2010 World Junior Championship. … Dean BlaisHead men’s ice skating coach at the University of Nebraska Omaha is currently serving as the head coach of U.S. National Junior Team 2012. He is assisted in this capacity by Scott Sandelinhe is the head men’s hockey coach at University of Minnesota Duluth Tom Wardhe is the Shattuck St. Mary’s School’s head ice hockey coach; Joe Exter, assistant men’s ice hockey coach at Ohio State University … Jim JohannsonFor the third year in a row, USA Hockey’s assistant executive Director of Hockey Operations is serving as Team USA’s general manager. Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.), former U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men’s ice hockey team head coach, is also serving his third straight year as Team USA’s director of player personnel … The U.S. National Junior Team blog provides daily updates, including game recaps, photos, and multimedia content. The blog is located here Here … Use the hashtag #USAWJC to join the conversation on Twitter.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring by Period

USA 3 – 6 – 2 – 11

DEN 2 – 0 – 1 – 3

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Coyle (Merrill, Zucker), 0:24; 2, DEN, Hansen (N. Jensen, Bjorkstrand), 3:12 (pp); 3, USA, Zucker (Forbort), 4:41; 4, USA, Tinordi (Miller), 8:26; 5, DEN, Hansen (Spelling, Bjorkstrand), 9:04 (pp). Penalties for USA: Tinordi, 2:27, USA: Merrill, Hooking, 8:54, DEN: Christensen, Sawing, 15:49

Second Period – Scoring: 6, USA, Bjugstad (Czarnik, Clendening), 1:25; 7, USA, Coyle (Saad, Etem), 7:12 (pp); 8, USA, Rau (Clendening, Czarnik), 9:07; USA, Arnold (Archibald, Etem), 10:21; USA, Miller (Arnold, Tynan), 10:51 (pp); 11, USA, Rau (Watson, Trouba), 16:01 (pp). Penalties: DEN, Christensen (holding), 6:24; DEN, Meyer (checking-to-the-head, misconduct), 10:34; DEN, Schultz (hooking), 15:09.

Third Period – Scoring : 12, DEN Spelling (Bjorkstrand and N. Jensen), 4:10 (pp); 13, USA Coyle (Zucker, Forbort), 11:00; 14, USA Johns (unassisted), 5,56 Penalties for USA: Johns (kneeing), 4.05; DEN. Madsen, Tripping, 4:40; USA: Archibald, Diving, 4:40.