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Wilson Leads USA To Win On Day 1 of WJC

Friday, 12.26.2008 / 9:52 PM CT / WorldJuniors
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Wilson Leads USA To Win On Day 1 of WJC
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World Junior Championships Day 1
Preds prospect Colin Wilson scored the game’s opening goal and assisted on two others as Team USA opened the World Junior Championships with an 8-2 win over Team Germany on Friday. Fellow Preds prospect Jonathon Blum posted a +3 plus/minus rating. (click here for the NashvillePredators.com World Juniors Main Page)

Wilson converted a one-timer from the side of the goal crease for a power-play goal 8:23 into the game to give the US a 1-0 lead. The team’s traded goals later in the period, with the Americans grabbing the lead for good on Drayson Bowman’'s first of the game with 2:09 left in the opening period.

Jordan Schroeder scored an unassisted goal 20-seconds into the second period to give the U.S. at two goal lead. Schroeder, a 2009 draft eligible, would finish the game with four points on the goal and three assists. Wilson and Schroeder would combine to assist on James van Riemsdyk’s goal midway through the period, followed less than two minutes later by Tyler Johnson'’s goal to give Team USA a 5-1 lead after two periods of play.

Just 35-seconds into the third period, Wilson and Schroeder combined to assist on van Riemsdyk’s second goal of the game. Bowman added his second of the night at the 6:26 mark and after Germany netted its second of the game, Matt Rust closed out the scoring.

In other game action, Team Canada downed Czech Republic 8-1. Chet Pickard did not see any action in the game as Dustin Tokarski got the start and made 21 saves for the win. John Tavares scored the game's first two goals and assisted on the third to lead the Team Canada attack. Ryan Ellis and Zach Boychuk each posted one goal and two assists, while three other players registered two-point nights for Canada.

Jani Lajunen and Finland dropped a 3-1 decision to Sweden. Lajunen finished with one shot on goal. Sweden jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead, but Finland scored 1:12 into the second period. The score remained 2-1 until Sweden scored an empty net goal with 40 seconds remaining in regulation.

Russia beat Latvia 4-1 in the other game of the day, out-shooting the Latvians 40-14 in the process.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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