Thursday, May 16, 2013

U.S. Advances to World Semifinal

Several former collegiate skaters teamed up to help the U.S. devastate Russia at the 2013 IIHF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Paul Stastny (Denver) scored two goals and assisted on two others, and Craig Smith (Wisconsin) set up five goals in all as the Americans won by an 8-3 count.

T.J. Oshie (North Dakota), Ryan Carter (Minnesota State), Jacob Trouba (Michigan) and David Moss (Michigan) also scored for the U.S., as did Nate Thompson and Alex Galchenyuk. Carter, Matt Hunwick (Michigan), Tim Stapleton (Minnesota-Duluth) and Chris Butler (Denver) also registered assists, while John Gibson notched 31 saves in net.

The NCAA is also well-represented behind the U.S. bench. The head coach of this year's American squad is Joe Sacco (Boston University), while his assistants include Tim Army (Providence), Danton Cole (Michigan State), and Phil Housley. 

Team USA, which is now 6-2 in tournament play, moves on to the semifinals on Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden, against Switzerland, a 2-1 winner over the Czech Republic earlier today. The victor of that contest will then face off against the survivor of Finland, Slovakia, Canada and Sweden on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. for the world title.

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