Blum, Wilson Post Multi-Point Games in USA Loss

Friday, 01.2.2009 / 5:12 PM CT / WorldJuniors
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Blum, Wilson Post Multi-Point Games in USA Loss
World Junior Championships - Quarterfinals
Preds prospects Jonathon Blum and Colin Wilson both posted multi-point games, but Slovakia scored on five of its 19 shots to beat Team USA 5-3 in the Quarterfinal Round of the World Junior Championships. Slovakia advances to the Semifinals to face Sweden, while USA will face the Czech Republic on Jan. 4 in the fifth-place game.

Team USA out shot Slovakia 47-19 on the game, but gave up goals on its first two shots against to fall behind 2-1 and were unable to recover. The US had a chance to take the lead 55 seconds into the game when Jordan Schroeder was awarded a penalty shot, but Jaroslav Janus denied the attempt to keep the game scoreless. The Slovaks scored at the 11:05 mark to go up 1-0. The US tied the score 56 seconds later on Ian Cole's power-play goal, triggered by Colin Wilson with the primary assist.

Slovakia netted a pair of goals late in the period to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. The US fired 16 shots on goal in the middle frame, but were unable to sneak one past Janus.

The US pulled within one 5:41 into the third period on Blum's second goal in as many games, a power-play goal with Wilson again picking up the primary assist on the play, Wilson's eighth point of the tournament. Slovakia scored a rebound goal midway through the period to rebuild a two-goal lead and then added an empty net score with 2:14 left to play. James vanRiemsdyk scored with 1:18 left in regulation to close out the scoring, with Blum notching an assist on the play. is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and 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 © 1999-2015 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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