“A lot of heart” from Amer­i­cans con­trib­utes to win over Rus­sia


The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

toronto» Colin White and Troy Terry scored sec­ond-pe­riod goals and Tyler Par­sons made 25 saves to help the United States beat Rus­sia 3-2 on Thurs­day in the world ju­nior hockey cham­pi­onship.

The United States took the Group B lead, with Canada in po­si­tion to match the Amer­i­cans’ 30-0 start with a vic­tory over Latvia on Thurs­day night.

Clay­ton Keller also scored in the United States’ first vic­tory over Rus­sia in the tour­na­ment since 2007.

“We showed a lot of heart to­day and did a great job shut­ting them down in the third,” Keller said. “All lines can score and have skill, but our best is yet to come. We’re on the right track.”

The Amer­i­cans opened with a 6-1 vic­tory over Latvia on Mon­day and beat Slo­vakia 5-2 on Wed­nes­day. They will com­plete pool play Satur­day against Canada.

“It’s a game you grow up watch­ing, that New Year’s Eve game. To have it in Canada here, you grow up see­ing that, we’re not go­ing to be liked that’s for sure,” said Char­lie McAvoy, a Bos­ton Univer­sity de­fense­man and Bru­ins prospect. “We’re not ex­pect­ing much love. It’s go­ing to be us against kind of their whole coun­try.”

Kir­ill Urakov and Ki­ir­ill Kapri­zov scored for Rus­sia, and Ilya Sam­sonov made 34 saves.

White gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead on a power play at 4:03 of the sec­ond, putting the re­bound of Char­lie McAvoy’s point shot into the open net. Terry made it 3-1 with 8:19 left in the sec­ond.

White plays for Bos­ton Col­lege, Terry for Den­ver, Par­sons for Lon­don in the On­tario Hockey League, and Keller for Bos­ton Univer­sity. All four have been drafted by NHL teams: White by Ot­tawa in the first round in 2015, Terry by Ana­heim in the fifth round in 2015, Par­sons by Cal­gary in the sec­ond round this year, and Keller by Ari­zona in the first round this year.

In Group A in Mon­treal, Mathias From scored 47 sec­onds into over­time to give Den­mark its first vic­tory over the Czech Repub­lic in tour­na­ment his­tory, a 3-2 de­ci­sion. Also at Bell Cen­tre, Sweden beat Fin­land 3-1 to im­prove to 30-0. The de­fend­ing cham­pion Finns dropped to 0-3-0.

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