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USHL Musketeers Claim Jr. World Cup Bronze

08/28/2014, 4:00pm MDT
By USAHockey.com

The Sioux City Musketeers closed out the 2014 Junior Club World Cup with a bronze medal after defeating Dynamo Shinnik of Belarus 4-3 in overtime on Saturday afternoon in Ufa, Russia.

The Musketeers fell behind early when Dynamo Shinnik scored midway through the opening frame and then made it 2-0 less than three minutes later.  But the USHL team would respond shortly after when Adam Johnson scored seven minutes into the period, his tournament-leading sixth goal over five games at the JCWC.

A little over three minutes into the second frame, Joel Janatuinen evened the game with his third goal of the tournament.  Dynamo regained the lead less than six minutes later and the teams skated into the second intermission with the score 3-2.

Early in the third period, the Musketeers again scored the equalizer when defensemen Jerad Rosburg ripped a shot from the blueline that found the back of the net, his first goal of the tournament.  The teams battled back and forth the rest of the way, but the game remained tied at the end of 60 minutes and went to overtime. 

Two and half minutes into the extra session, Sam Kurker skated down the right side and ripped a shot past the Belarus goaltender to secure the 4-3 victory for the Musketeers and start the celebration for the U.S. squad.  It was the third goal of the tournament for Kurker.

Collin Olson earned his fourth victory of the JCWC, making 27 saves in the bronze medal game.

The victory by the Sioux City Musketeers made it the third consecutive year that the USHL and United States representative claimed a medal.  The Dubuque Fighting Saints earned bronze last year while the Waterloo Black Hawks captured the silver medal in 2012.

Sioux City finished the JCWC in Ufa, Russia with four victories and two losses.


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The Sioux City Musketeers closed out the 2014 Junior Club World Cup with a bronze medal after defeating Dynamo Shinnik of Belarus 4-3 in overtime on Saturday afternoon in Ufa, Russia.

The Musketeers fell behind early when Dynamo Shinnik scored midway through the opening frame and then made it 2-0 less than three minutes later.  But the USHL team would respond shortly after when Adam Johnson scored seven minutes into the period, his tournament-leading sixth goal over five games at the JCWC.

A little over three minutes into the second frame, Joel Janatuinen evened the game with his third goal of the tournament.  Dynamo regained the lead less than six minutes later and the teams skated into the second intermission with the score 3-2.

Early in the third period, the Musketeers again scored the equalizer when defensemen Jerad Rosburg ripped a shot from the blueline that found the back of the net, his first goal of the tournament.  The teams battled back and forth the rest of the way, but the game remained tied at the end of 60 minutes and went to overtime. 

Two and half minutes into the extra session, Sam Kurker skated down the right side and ripped a shot past the Belarus goaltender to secure the 4-3 victory for the Musketeers and start the celebration for the U.S. squad.  It was the third goal of the tournament for Kurker.

Collin Olson earned his fourth victory of the JCWC, making 27 saves in the bronze medal game.

The victory by the Sioux City Musketeers made it the third consecutive year that the USHL and United States representative claimed a medal.  The Dubuque Fighting Saints earned bronze last year while the Waterloo Black Hawks captured the silver medal in 2012.

Sioux City finished the JCWC in Ufa, Russia with four victories and two losses.

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Sept. 1, 2015 | More than 40,000 spectators, plus a national television audience, watched the Little League World Series this past Sunday on a glorious afternoon in Pennsylvania. There were smiles, cheers, entertainment and the noticeable absence of demand for those 12- and 13-year-olds to pitch from 60 feet, six inches or run 90 feet between the bases like their professional baseball heroes.

Right-sized baseball and softball fields, along with age-appropriate rule modifications, have been accepted wisdom in youth baseball for more than 50 years.

Coincidentally, while Little League was paring to its finalists, U.S. Soccer announced a nationwide initiative to improve youth skill development. The centerpiece was a shift to small-sided game formats and field sizes to be phased in across the country by August 2017. As part of the new plan, American soccer at U6, U7 and U8 will be played 4v4 on a pitch approximately one-eighth the size of an adult soccer field. Nine- and 10-year-olds will play 7v7 on a one-quarter-scale pitch. Not until age 13 will players begin competing 11v11 on a regulation adult-sized pitch.

“Our number one goal is to improve our players down the road, and these initiatives will help us do that,” said Tab Ramos, U.S. Soccer’s youth technical director. “In general, we would like for players to be able to process information faster, and when they are in this (new) environment, they are going to learn to do that. Fast forward 10 years, and there are thousands of game situations added to a player’s development.”

With this change, American soccer will join sports like baseball, basketball, hockey and tennis, all of which have embraced the skill-development benefits of age-appropriate playing dimensions and competition formats (see chart below).

Those benefits are at the core of USA Hockey’s American Development Model, which was recently praised by the Sports Business Journal as a “trailblazing program.”

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