World Juniors Update: Dec. 28
Team USA cuts Grzelcyk from final roster; Canada earns 6-3 win over Slovakia
BostonBruins.com – Bruins prospects had two games on the docket for Friday, December 28, with Canada facing off against Slovakia and the host country Russia playing the U.S.
Team USA is now without a B’s prospect, as defenseman Matt Grzelcyk did not make the final roster. Per TSN's Bob McKenzie via Twitter (@TSNBobMcKenzie) on Thursday, Team USA went with six defensemen in its game against Germany, before deciding whether to add the physical Patrick Sieloff or puckhandler Grzelcyk in the final spot. McKenzie noted that rosters were submitted on December 25, but teams can leave open spots and fill at a later date, which is what the U.S. deployed in this case.
Russia picked up a 2-1 win over the U.S. sans Grzelcyk, with a game-winner early in the third period. Center Alexander Khokhlachev carried the load for Russia in the faceoff circle, taking a team-high 21 faceoffs.
As for the other B’s prospects, Malcolm Subban backstopped Team Canada to a 6-3 win over Slovakia with 25 saves. Though Canada had a slow start, allowing Slovakia a 2-0 lead in the second period, it came from behind to pull out the win. After contributing an assist in Canada’s 9-3 victory over Germany, Dougie Hamilton did not end up on the score sheet.
Forward Anthony Camara received a game misconduct and was out for 13:39 of the middle frame and third period. According to Hockey Canada's website, Camara “caught Slovak defenceman Patrick Luza with his head down near the boards early in the second period.” Since the game’s conclusion, Bob McKenzie tweeted that the “IIHF indicates there will be no supplementary discipline review for CAN's Anthony Camara.”
Canada’s next games come against two of their biggest rivals – the United States on December 29 and a 2012 gold-medal rematch against Russia on New Year’s Eve.
The full schedule of prospects' games is listed below.
Date, Teams, Times (local/EST), Prospects
Sat. Dec. 29, Germany vs. Russia, 8:00 PM/9:00 AM, Khokhlachev
Sun. Dec. 30, Canada vs. USA, 3:30 PM/4:30 AM, Camara, Hamilton, Subban
Mon. Dec. 31, Russia vs. Canada, 8:00 PM/9:00 AM, Khokhlachev, Camara, Hamilton, Subban
Wed. Jan. 2, Quarterfinals
Thu. Jan. 3, Semifinals
Sat. Jan. 5, Gold-Medal/Bronze-Medal Game
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