As USA head coach Nate Leaman stated after his group’s New Yr’s Eve win: “It is a new match now.”

Saturday evening the US hits the ice in opposition to Slovakia within the closing quarterfinal matchup of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. The Individuals completed the preliminary spherical atop Group B after rattling off three straights wins; they misplaced the opener to Russia 5-3. It marked the sixth time the Individuals received their group — 4 of the earlier 5 instances they skated away with some {hardware} (one bronze, one silver and two golds).

This squad would not thoughts replicating that in 2021. What they do not need to revisit is what occurred final 12 months. Eight gamers return from a 2020 group that was knocked out within the quarterfinals by Finland 1-0.

“I’ve talked to a few them individually. … They’re very a lot sending the message and conveying the message to their teammates that it is a new match and this must be certainly one of our greatest video games,” stated head coach Nate Leaman.

The American’s bench boss would additionally prefer to hold his personal quarterfinal previous — and with Slovakia — previously. In 2009, Leaman was an assistant coach for the U.S. group that was upset within the quarterfinals by the Slovaks 5-3. Some recognizable names on that group: 2020 Stanley Cup champions Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan McDonagh.

One other member of that ’09 squad was James van Riemsdyk, whom Trevor Zegras tied for third on the USA’s World Juniors profession factors listing on New Yr’s Eve when he tallied three in opposition to Sweden. Zegras and now-NHLer van Riemsdyk every have 22 factors, and the soon-to-be Duck has 13 within the match. He’ll be trying to regain his place on their lonesome atop the 2021 leaderboard as Canada’s Dylan Cozens collected a purpose and an help in Canada’s win to tie him in factors.

As soon as once more, the U.S. will probably be with out Patrick Moynihan for the second straight sport with an damage. The Devils prospect took a late, excessive (and, many would say, soiled) hit in opposition to Austria (the participant was suspended two video games for the hit) and was knocked round in opposition to the Czechs. With Moynihan out, the Individuals costume 12 forwards and eight defensemen. After Tyler Kleven performed in opposition to Sweden, Rangers prospect Hunter Skinner slots in on the again finish. Moynihan could also be obtainable if the Individuals advance.

Slovakia received only one sport within the preliminary spherical, a 1-Zero squeaker over Switzerland to open the match. It did maintain Canada to 3 targets in a loss because the gamers clogged up the center, blocked an exorbitant quantity of photographs and annoyed the Canadians’ high-powered offense. The Slovaks do not have a ton of offense as they’ve solely scored 5 targets on 87 photographs (second-lowest shot whole by means of the preliminary spherical).

“Massive, bodily, bodily with the web fronts,” stated Leaman when requested what challenges the Slovaks deliver. “Structurally they’re gonna make it onerous for us. We now have to handle pucks. We now have to play quick with tight help. We would have just a little benefit in foot pace however actually, they make it onerous to play in opposition to. So, we’re gonna have to ensure we’re transferring our toes, we’re transferring pucks rapidly and we’re managing pucks effectively.”

Spencer Knight will get the nod in web. After permitting 4 targets on 12 photographs to the Russians on Christmas, he is pitched back-to-back shutouts (which adopted a shutout by his goalie accomplice Dustin Wolf). With a goalie in web the Individuals haven’t allowed a purpose in 206:35 (180:21 for those who think about the empty-netter by Russia).

Sporting Information has all of the motion as the US and Slovakia battle it out for a spot to play for a medal.

(All instances Jap)

USA vs. Slovakia rating, highlights from 2021 World Juniors quarterfinals

Third interval

12:52 p.m. — Individuals controlling play with simply over 5 minutes left as Cole Caufield will get two first rate seems — one which went off the put up.

12:44 a.m. — Just below 9 minutes left in regulation and it is a one-goal sport. USA outshooting the Slovaks 35-16.

12:40 a.m. — PP GOAL. With 5 seconds left on the facility play, Samuel Knazko stops the clearing go and sends the puck to Dominik Sojka who’s wide-open within the left circle for the redirect. USA leads 3-2.

12:39 a.m. — Cam York makes an awesome block however the puck goes proper to the slot and Spencer Knight comes up huge on a point-blank shot.

12:38 a.m. — Helleson referred to as for tripping. Slovaks head to their third energy play of the sport. To this point, they’re 0-for-2 with two photographs on web.

12:25 a.m. — Third interval begins and once more the Individuals get some good probabilities throughout the first 20 seconds as he robs Turcotte on the rebound.

Second interval: USA 3, Slovakia 1

12:04 a.m. — With that purpose, the Individuals’ shutout streak ends at 245:07 with a goalie within the web and a world juniors shutout streak report of 218:53 (achieved from Russia’s empty-netter on Christmas to Kaslik’s purpose).

12:03 a.m. — GOAL. Puck in some way will get over to Matej Kaslik and he fires the one-timer that beats Spencer Knight. USA leads 3-1.

12:00 a.m. — PP GOAL. The birthday boy Cole Caufield goes bar down from the suitable circle. USA leads 3-0.

11:58 p.m. — Trevor Zegras will get hit late and appears just a little shaken however the Individuals now are on a 5-on-3. Zegras appears okay and stays out for the two-man benefit.

11:57 p.m. — Individuals head to the facility play as Roman Religion takes a foul roughing penalty.

11:57 p.m. — John Farinacci point-blank off the faceoff but it surely’s proper into Simon Latkoczy.

11:52 p.m. — Martin Chromiak rings one off the pipe because the Slovaks react to the purpose with some good zone time.

11:50 p.m. — GOAL. Ryan Johnson sends the puck in direction of the web and with 4 guys in between (two Slovaks and two Individuals), it goes off John Farinacci’s leg and in. USA leads 2-0.

11:48 p.m. — Individuals come shut because the go banks off the Slovakian defender however Latkoczy is in fact there. He’s having a sport.

11:45 p.m. — USA will get an influence play.

11:38 p.m. — One other breakaway for Group USA because the Slovakian defender falls on the blueline and Alex Turcotte will get robbed by Simon Latkoczy.

11:37 p.m. — Coincidental minors and it will be 4-on-action for 2 minutes.

11:34 p.m. — Slovakia sustaining offensive zone stress and Spencer Knight makes an excellent pad cease by means of site visitors.

11:32 p.m. — Cole Caufield is flying and will get a breakaway however the birthday boy is stopped blocker aspect and might’t sneak the rebound in.

11:30 p.m. — Second interval is a go. Zegras is okay and again on the ice.

First interval: USA 1, Slovakia 0

11:11 p.m. — First interval involves an finish. 

  • USA has now shutout opponents for 200 minutes and 21 seconds. With a goalie in web (since Dustin Wolf relieved Spencer Knight in opposition to Russia), it is 226:35 and not using a purpose.

11:10 p.m. — Trevor Zegras will get stood up as he enters the Slovakia zone and he goes proper again to the U.S. bench. The hit caught him just a little on the chin. He appears to be okay on the bench.

11:04 p.m. — Seconds after the Individuals kill off the penalty, Spencer Knight robs Roman Religion within the slot. Religion grabs his head in disbelief.

11:02 p.m. — Spencer Knight makes an excellent cease on the penalty kill.

11:01 p.m. — Landon Slaggert referred to as for two+10 for a success to the top.

10:55 p.m. — PP GOAL. It is an “Arty Social gathering” as Arthur Kaliyev is left vast open — like vast, vast open — on the backdoor and he bangs it in. USA leads 1-0.

10:54 p.m. — USA will get an influence play. The Individuals are 6-for-15 with the person benefit.

10:47 p.m. — United States heads to the penalty kill; they’ve but to surrender a power-play purpose within the match (5-for-5). They’d kill this one off and now 6-for-6.

10:44 p.m. — John Farinacci will get crushed in opposition to the boards up excessive and heads down the tunnel after.

10:40 p.m. — Scramble in entrance of the Slovakia web however cannot end. Simon Latkoczy is in web for the Slovaks.

10:38 p.m. — Because the referee says at middle ice: “Let’s have an excellent time right here.”


9:20 p.m. — Traces.

9:10 p.m. — Some notes to get you prepared.

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