USA vs. Canada U18 World Championships for Gold at NOON

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    USA vs. Canada U18 World Championships for Gold at NOON

    Last meetings:

    United States 4-1 (exhibition), 2013 IIHF U18 World Championship
    United States 2-1 (semi-final), 2012 IIHF U18 World Championship


    "At the future home of the Olympic Games on the shores of the Black Sea, two North American teams will face off for the 2013 IIHF U18 World Championship gold medal.

    On one end, the United States, U18 perennial champions who have won a total of seven out of the 14 tournaments that have taken place since the Championship’s inception in 1999. Backed by USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, which has supplied all but one player for the 2013 tournament, the US team holds a slight advantage going into the game against Canada, icing a group of players that have been playing with each other in the NTDP for a year or more.

    But it hasn’t been easy for the Americans in Sochi as in past years. The team came into the playoffs as the third seed from Group A following losses to Russia and Finland. Facing elimination in the third period of the semi-final game against hosts Russia, the team came back twice from one-goal deficits, including scoring with just over two minutes left to tie the game. Tyler Kelleher and JT Compher scored in the shootout and goaltender Thatcher Demko stopped two Russian shooters to win the game.  

    Standing in the way of a fifth straight championship for the Americans is Canada, a team that unlike the U.S. is not always able to send its best players to the tournament, with the Canadian Hockey League playoffs going on at the same time as the U18s.

    But you wouldn’t know it this year. Backed by the play of emerging stars like Connor McDavid, Morgan Klimchuk, Sam Reinhart, and Josh Morrissey, and strong goaltending from Philippe Desrosiers, Canada has looked like the team to beat at this year’s tournament. Recovering quickly from a 4-1 exhibition game loss to the States, Canada went undefeated through the preliminary round and roared into the playoffs with a 6-0 blanking of Sweden in then another 6-0 score over the Czech Republic in the quarter-final.  

    The Canadian offensive engine has been McDavid, who with eight goals and six assists in six games is a near-lock to take the tournament scoring title with 14 points. He is likely to draw the biggest attention from the U.S. defenders, who aside from allowing him a goal in the second period did a good job shutting out Russian captain Valeri Nichushkin in the semi-final game.

    Canada last won U18 gold back in 2008. The last time these two teams met in a U18 gold medal game was in 2005 in the Czech Republic. With a squad of future NHLers like Phil Kessel, Jack Johnson, and Erik Johnson, Team USA won that game 5-1.

    “It’s always a great game against Canada,” said U.S. forward Anthony Louis. “They come out hard and we come out hard, we play a similar game and both teams fight hard. I expect a close game and wouldn’t be surprised if it’s one of the best games of the tournament.”

    Canada loaded as usual...

    1    LOTZ Austin    L    183/6'0''    84/185    27 May 1995    Everett
    29    MARTIN Spencer    L    188/6'2''    86/190    8 Jun 1995    Mississauga
    30    DESROSIERS Philippe    R    185/6'1''    85/187    16 Aug 1995    Rimouski
    Defenders


    2    HEATHERINGTON Dillon    L    188/6'2''    85/187    9 May 1995    Swift Current
    3    BIGRAS Chris    L    183/6'0''    79/174    22 Feb 1995    Owen Sound
    4    BOWEY Madison    R    185/6'1''    91/201    22 Apr 1995    Kelowna
    5    MORIN Sam    L    198/6'6''    92/203    12 Jul 1995    Rimouski
    6    THEODORE Shea    L    188/6'2''    70/154    3 Aug 1995    Seattle
    7    MORRISSEY Josh    L    183/6'0''    84/185    28 Mar 1995    Prince Albert
    25    McKEOWN Roland    R    185/6'1''    85/187    20 Jan 1996    Kingston

    Forwards

    9    VERHAEGHE Carter    L    185/6'1''    82/181    14 Aug 1995    Niagara IceDogs
    10    BENNETT Samuel    L    183/6'0''    75/165    20 Jun 1996    Kingston
    11    DICKINSON Jason    L    188/6'2''    80/176    4 Jul 1995    Guelph
    12    BAPTISTE Nick    R    185/6'1''    91/201    4 Aug 1995    Sudbury Wolves
    14    LAPLANTE Yan    L    183/6'0''    78/172    23 Apr 1995    P.E.I. Rocket
    17    McDAVID Connor    L    180/5'11''    77/170    13 Jan 1997    Erie Otters
    18    KLIMCHUK Morgan    L    180/5'11''    82/181    2 Mar 1995    Regina Pats
    19    GARLENT Hunter    R    173/5'8''    73/161    4 Feb 1995    Guelph Storm
    20    RITCHIE Nick    L    188/6'2''    99/218    5 Dec 1995    Peterborough Petes
    21    DAUPHIN Laurent    L    183/6'0''    75/165    27 Mar 1995    Chicoutimi
    22    GAUTHIER Frederik    L    196/6'5''    95/209    26 Apr 1995    Rimouski
    23    REINHART Sam    R    180/5'11''    75/165    6 Nov 1995    Kootenay Ice
    27    NASTASIUK Zach    R    185/6'1''    84/185    30 Mar 1995    Owen Sound"

     

    Should be a great tilt

     
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    Standing in the way of a fifth straight championship for the Americans is Canada, a team that unlike the U.S. is not always able to send its best players to the tournament, with the Canadian Hockey League playoffs going on at the same time as the U18s.
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    e.g. From the OHL ...........Max Domi, Bo Horvat, Aaron Ekblad and Jordan Subban. Players who are still playing in the playoffs.

     
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    I like watching these kids skate on a bigger ice surface.

     
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    What a dream it would be if PC could finaggle trade that ends up getting the Bruins first overall in 2015 (unfortunately Burke's not a GM anymore). This McDavid kid is unreal.

     
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    I want defenseman Steven Santini in the 2nd round if he is available.

     
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    US out shoots Canada 35-12 but can't pull it out. Red & White ends the US streak.

    Really liked Frederik Gauthier from Rimouski, scored the winning goal too boot.

     
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    Re: USA vs. Canada U18 World Championships for Gold at NOON

    In response to red75's comment:

    What a dream it would be if PC could finaggle trade that ends up getting the Bruins first overall in 2015 (unfortunately Burke's not a GM anymore). This McDavid kid is unreal.




    Nothing wrong with Ekblad for next year either Red.

     
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    Nothing wrong with Ekblad for next year either Red.

     

     



    Man-child !

     

     
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    Nothing wrong with Ekblad for next year either Red.

     

     



    Man-child !

     



    He's awesome. Everything he does looks effortless if not flashy. Somebody needs to double check his birth certificate because his playoff beard is pretty thick for someone who's still eligible for midget hockey. 

     
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    In response to dezaruchi's comment:

    He's awesome. Everything he does looks effortless if not flashy. Somebody needs to double check his birth certificate because his playoff beard is pretty thick for someone who's still eligible for midget hockey. 

     

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    Seen Barrie live this year. Ice level seats. All arms and legs. Huge frame. Such a solid player who makes good decisions. No doubt he'll be a top pick next year. He has an NHL body right now. 

     

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