Wilson & Blum Lead USA Past Russia, 5-1

Wednesday, 12.24.2008 / 1:25 AM / WorldJuniors

From USA Hockey

U.S. National Junior Team Tops Russia, 5-1, in Final Tune-Up
Prior to 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship

KINGSTON, Ontario – Aaron Palushaj (Northville, Mich./University of Michigan) scored a natural hat trick to help the United States National Junior Team defeat Russia, 5-1, here tonight in its final tune-up prior to the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. Team USA outshot Russia, 40-17, including by a 15-0 margin in the opening period.
Related Items

 • Blum Named Captain of 2009 U.S. National Junior Team
Lajunen Named to Team Finland For WJC
Pickard Named to Team Canada For World Juniors

Palushaj tallied the only goal of the first stanza at 16:06. He went from backhand to forehand in tight and spun from the goalline to beat Russian goalie Danila Alistratov on the shortside over his blocker. Team USA prevented Russia from registering a shot on goal in the period and held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Palushaj scored a power-play goal off a rebound at 4:32 of the middle frame, before scoring off a rush just :13 later to complete the natural hat trick and stake the U.S. to a 3-0 advantage. James van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J./University of New Hampshire) scored from just above the goal line at 16:53 to give Team USA a four-goal advantage after 40 minutes.

Russia scored a power-play goal off a deflection at 8:43 of the third to break the shutout. Colin Wilson (Greenwich, Conn./Boston University) fired home a slapshot from the high slot at 17:12 to account for the 5-1 final.

U.S. netminder Thomas McCollum (Sanborn, N.Y.) made 16 saves to earn the victory.

The U.S. National Junior Team returns to action Friday (Dec. 26) when it faces Germany at 3:30 p.m. EST in its opening game at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa, Ontario. The game can be seen live in the United States on the NHL Network.

NOTES: Aaron Palushaj (3-0--3) was named Team USA's player of the game ... Defenseman Jonathon Blum (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) is the captain of the 2009 U.S. National Junior Team, while forward Colin Wilson and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (New Rochelle, N.Y./Boston University) are the team's alternate captains ... The 2009 U.S. National Junior Team trained in Lake Placid, N.Y., at the Olympic Training Center from Dec. 16-20 ... Ron Rolston (Ann Arbor, Mich.), head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team within USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, is the head coach of the 2009 U.S. National Junior Team. Nate Leaman (Clifton Park, N.Y./Union College) and P.K. O'Handley (Waterloo, Iowa/Waterloo Black Hawks) are serving as assistant coaches, while Jeff Blashill (Indianapolis, Ind./Indiana Ice) is the goaltending coach ... The NHL Network will broadcast live all Team USA games in the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship ... Team USA finished fourth at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship and has played for a medal in the event each of the last six years.

GAME SUMMARY
Scoring By Period
USA
1 -
3 -
1 -
5
RUS
0 -
0 -
1-
1




First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Palushaj (Rust, Tangradi), 16:06. Penalties: RUS, Khafizullin (hooking), 2:13; USA, Wahl (elbow), 11:43; USA, Hoeffel (high-sticking), 16:45.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Palushaj (Blum, Tangradi), 4:32 (pp); 3, USA, Palushaj (Tangradi, Rust), 4:45; 4, USA, van Riemsdyk (Wilson), 16:53. Penalties: RUS, Khafizullin (slashing), 2:55; USA, O'Brien (high-sticking), 7:02; USA, Fairchild (roughing), 9:47; RUS, Komaristy (roughing), 9:47; USA, Hoeffel (charging), 13:06; RUS, Goncharov (roughing), 13:06; USA, Hayes (high-sticking), 16:00; RUS, Grachev (high-sticking), 16:00; USA, Cole (hooking), 18:51.

Third Period - Scoring: 5, RUS, Chernov (Grachev, Petrov), 8:43 (pp); 6, USA, Wilson (Schroeder, van Riemsdyk), 17:12. Penalties: USA, Tangradi (high-sticking), 4:08; USA, Cole (cross-checking), 7:30; USA, Bowman (tripping), 14:30; RUS, Goncharov (tripping), 19:20.

Shots by Period
1
2
3
Total
USA
15
17
8
40
RUS
0
9
8
17
 
 
 
 
 
Goaltenders (SH/SV)
1
2
3
Total
USA, McCollum 60:00
0-0
9-9
8-7
17-16
RUS, Alistratov 40:00
15-14
17-14
x
32-28
RUS, Zhelobnyuk 20:00
x
x
8-7
8-7
 
 
 
 






Power Play:
USA 1-3; RUS 1-7
Penalties: USA 10-20; RUS 6-12
Attendance: 5,375

Team USA 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship Schedule & Results
Dec. 26-Jan. 5 • Ottawa, Ontario

Date
Opponent
Venue
Time (EST)/Result
Television
Sun., Dec. 21
Latvia*
K-Rock Centre
W, 13-2
None
Tue., Dec. 23
Russia*
K-Rock Centre
W, 5-1
None
Fri., Dec. 26
Germany
Scotiabank Place
3:30 p.m.
NHL Network
Sun., Dec. 28
Czech Republic
Scotiabank Place
7:30 p.m.
NHL Network
Tue., Dec. 30
Kazakhstan
Scotiabank Place
7:30 p.m.
NHL Network
Wed.,Dec. 31
Canada
Scotiabank Place
7:30 p.m.
NHL Network
Fri., Jan. 2
Quarterfinals
Scotiabank Place
TBD
NHL Network
Sat., Jan. 3
Semifinals
Scotiabank Place
TBD
NHL Network
Mon., Jan. 5
Bronze/Gold Medal Games
Scotiabank Place
3:30/7:30 p.m.
NHL Network

*pre-tournament game

Venue Locations: K-Rock Centre (Kingston, Ontario), Scotiabank Place (Ottawa, Ontario)

In order to view this page you need JavaScript and Flash Player 9+ support!

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

nashvillepredators.com is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and nashvillepredators.com are trademarks of the Nashville Predators.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

NHL Ticket Exchange | Bridgestone Arena | Contact Us | Employment | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map | AdChoices