Yarmouth, N.S. – The U.S. Junior Select Team started the 2012 World Junior A Challenge with a dominant 9-1 victory over Canada East Monday (Nov. 5) at Mariners Centre. Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) scored three of Team USA's four first period goals, while Zach Stepan (Hastings, Minn.) tallied a goal in the first and third periods.
"In the first period, goaltender Eamon McAdam (Perkasie, Pa.) made a number of big saves and helped us kill five penalties; without that it's a totally different game," said Brett Larson, head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team. "It started with solid goaltending and defense. Then we played the right way by using our speed on offense and we got rewarded for that."
Fitzgerald scored Team USA's first two goals at 2:24 and 9:06 of the first period. The first came on a turnaround shot from the lower-right slot, while the second was a rebound. Stepan buried a wide-open chance at the top of the crease at 18:45 when a deflected clearing pass skipped right to him. At 19:30, Fitzgerald completed his hat trick with a power-play goal to make it 4-0.
In the second period, Taylor Cammarata (Plymouth, Minn.) and Vince Hinostroza (Bartlett, Ill.) scored special teams goals at 6:13 and 9:24, respectively. Cammarata moved across the right circle and fired high on the power play. Hinostroza then stripped the puck from a Canadian and took off for a shorthanded breakaway goal to stretch the U.S. lead to 6-0.
Just seven seconds into the third period Dan Molenaar (Eden Prairie, Minn.) eluded multiple defenders on a solo rush to score on a backhand shot. Stepan scored on a partial breakaway five minutes later.
Canada East ended the U.S. shutout bid with 7:14 remaining in the game. Four minutes later, the U.S. bounced back with its third power-play goal of the night courtesy of Justin Woods (Fairbanks, Alaska) to cap the 9-1 win.
McAdam stopped 26 of 27 shots and helped the U.S. deny 10 Canadian power-play opportunities.
The 2012 World Junior A Challenge continues Tuesday (Nov. 6) when the U.S. takes on Switzerland at 7:30 p.m. EST to complete Group A play.
Team USA has won three of the last four tournaments (2008, 2009, 2010) and placed third in 2011. FASTHockey will provide live streaming coverage for all tournament games. Those interested in watching should sign up for a free account in advance at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com.
NOTES: Team USA captain Vince Hinostroza (Bartlett, Ill.) was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... The World Junior A Challenge is in its seventh year and the United States is competing for the sixth time. In addition to the United States, the 2012 field includes Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland. The official event website is available here ... Follow @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament and join the conversation by using #WJAC. For additional coverage, visit usahockey.com and USA Hockey's Facebook ... Brett Larson (Sioux City, Iowa), head coach and general manager of the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers, is the head coach for the 2012 U.S. Junior Select Team ... The assistant coaches are RJ Enga (Chicago, Ill.) and Derek Lalonde (Green Bay, Wis.). Enga is an assistant coach for the USHL's Chicago Steel, while Lalonde is the head coach of the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers ... For the complete U.S. roster, click here ... The U.S. roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. The 22 players represent 10 states. Six players hail from Minnesota, while Michigan (5), Illinois (3) and Massachusetts (2) also have multiple players. Other states include Alaska, Colorado, Florida, New York, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania ... Ten USHL teams are represented. Leading the way are the Waterloo Black Hawks, who have five players on the roster, and the Green Bay Gamblers, who have three.
Scoring By Period
First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Fitzgerald (Cammarata, Johnson), 2:24; 2, USA, Fitzgerald (Stenglein), 9:06; 3, USA, Stepan (Brady), 18:45; 4, USA, Fitzgerald (Dries), 19:30 (pp). Penalties: USA, Baillargeon (holding opponent stick), 3:19; USA, Team (too many men), 6:14; USA, Woods (holding opponent stick), 10:09; USA, Johnson (hooking), 13:18; USA, Dries (interference), 17:25; CAN-E, Josephs (kneeing), 18:07; CAN-E, Danforth (tripping), 19:30.
Second Period – Scoring: 5, USA, Cammarata (Cangelosi, Dries), 6:13 (pp); 6, USA, Hinostroza (unassisted), 9:24 (sh). Penalties: CAN-E, Crocock (delay of game), 0:34; CAN-E, Mannella (delay of game), 2:11; CAN-E, Welsh (10-minute misconduct), 5:36; CAN-E, Welsh (boarding), 5:36; Downing (10-minute misconduct), 7:03; Downing (checking to the head), 7:03; USA, Heinrich (holding), 9:04; CAN-E, Neville (elbowing), 11:51; USA, Ebbing (hooking), 15:06; USA, Fitzgerald (roughing), 18:09; CAN-E, Enns (roughing), 18:09; CAN-E, Crocock (tripping), 18:56; USA, Stenglein (roughing), 19:48.
Third Period – Scoring: 7, USA, Molenaar (Johnson), 0:07; 8, USA, Stepan (Kloos), 5:06; 9, CAN-E, Conacher (Byron), 12:46; 10, USA, Woods (Cangelosi, Brady) 16:45 (pp). Penalties: CAN-E, Enns (interference), 6:27; USA, Ebbing (roughing), 9:57; CAN-E, Drouin (tripping), 9:57; USA, Cangelosi (slashing), 13:53; CAN-E, Soucier (slashing), 15:00; CAN-E, Enns (checking from behind), 16:12; CAN-E, Enns (10-minute misconduct), 16:12.
Shots by Period
|USA, McAdam, 60:00||6/6||5/5||15/16||26/27|
|Canada East, Finn, 20:00||9/13||0/0||0/0||9/13|
Power Play: USA 3-10; Canada East 0-10
Penalties: USA 13-34; Canada East 14-44
Tag(s): World Jr. A Challenge