The U.S. returns to action at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship here in Victoria, British Columbia. Team USA takes on Kazakhstan -- the fifth-ever meeting between the two teams -- at 7:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. ET) live on NHL Network.
THE SERIES VS. KAZAKHSTAN
The U.S. has captured all four of its previous meetings against Kazakhstan, holding a 34-4 shot advantage. Kazakhstan, which is playing in its seventh-ever IIHF World Junior Championship after winning last year's B Pool. The two teams last met in 2008 where the U.S. skated to a 12-0 win behind goals from 11 different players, including two from Colin Wilson.
HASTINGS, SANDELIN'S COLLEGE TEAMS DUEL
Prior to Team USA's game, U.S. head coach Mike Hastings (Crookston, Minn.) and assistant coach Scott Sandelin (Hibbing, Minn.) watched their respective college teams faceoff from afar as the Minnesota State Mavericks took on the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs at the Desert Hockey Classic Tournament in Glendale, Ariz. The tilt went to extra time where Sandelin's Bulldogs edged Hastings' Mavericks, 4-3. The win pushed Sandelin's Bulldogs coaching record to 351-303-86 in 18-plus seasons as the UMD bench boss while his predecessor, Mike Sertich rolled up a 350-328-44 record. Both teams are off to quality starts to the season, as Sandelin's Bulldogs are ranked third in the nation while Hasting's Mavericks sit eighth in the 2018-19 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll. The Top-10 matchup begins at 5:30 p.m. CT on Pac 12 Network.