The U.S. Nationwide Junior Group finds itself on the cusp of the relegation spherical for the second consecutive 12 months when it faces Slovakia on Monday at 5 a.m. ET on the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
Each groups have three factors in Group B and want a victory to succeed in the quarterfinals. The People defeated Germany within the opening recreation earlier than consecutive 2-1 losses to Russia and Canada. Slovakia took Russia to time beyond regulation and led Canada earlier than dropping the lead and finally the sport. The Slovaks had bother with Germany and wanted time beyond regulation Sunday night time to realize the victory.
The People have confronted Slovakia 12 instances within the match and have received eight instances. The final time the groups met in 2010, Group USA received 6-1, which avenged a 5-3 quarterfinal loss in 2009.
Slovakia’s main scorer is ahead Marko Dano, who has two targets and three assists. In aim, Slovakia has gone with Adam Nagy for each minute of the match. He has a 3.22 targets in opposition to common however was very robust in opposition to Russia and Canada to maintain his crew shut.
The system for Slovakia can be a lot the identical in opposition to the U.S. that it was in opposition to Russia and Canada; tight protection and wait to counter assault.
The People have been peppering goaltenders with pictures, however are snake bitten in terms of placing the puck within the aim. Group USA ranks third within the match with 125 pictures on aim, however seventh in scoring effectivity. Luckily for the U.S., Slovakia is ninth in the identical class.
Group USA gamers and coaches spoke at size final night time about needing to attain “greasy” targets as John Gaudreau acknowledged (See Video).
“After we get the pucks in there we’ve got to battle,” Housley stated. “We simply should preserve specializing in getting pucks and our bodies to the web.”
Rocco Grimaldi, who has but to attain a aim, stated the hot button is to pile on the pictures after which shoot some extra.
“Simply preserve taking pictures,” he stated. “Not decide corners as a lot, simply hearth it on the web.”
The U.S. has the goaltending benefit over each crew however Russia statistically, though some would argue that John Gibson has been the match’s finest goaltender. Gibson has a 1.52 targets in opposition to common and has made quite a few huge saves to maintain the U.S. shut in opposition to Russia and Canada.
Head coach Phil Housley praised Gibson’s play after each video games and he’ll want one other strong recreation for the People to succeed in the quarterfinals.