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Posts tagged ‘Russia’
Posted: January 5th, 2014

Connor McDavid

* Russia 2, Canada 1: Canada, which features Otters teammates Connor McDavid and Adam Pelech, couldn’t overcome an early 2-0 deficit in the bronze-medal game on the way to missing out on a medal for the second straight year. Russia (4-3-0) took a 2-0 first-period lead on goals from Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko and Eduard Gimatov. Meanwhile, goaltender Andrei Vasilevski (30 saves) kept Canada (4-2-1) off the scoreboard until Josh Morrissey‘s goal 7 minutes, 10 seconds into the third period.

Adam Pelech


Pelech assisted on the goal for his point of the tournament. He also had two shots on goal, two penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating in seven games. McDavid, the first 16-year-old to play for Canada since Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby in 2004, was held scoreless to finish with a goal, four points and 10 shots on goal.

IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)
Semifinals – Saturday

Sweden 2, Russia 1
Finland 5, Canada 1
Medal round – Today
Bronze-medal game: Russia 2, Canada 1
Gold-medal game: Finland 3, Sweden 2 (OT)

Posted: January 4th, 2014

Oscar Dansk

MALMO, Sweden – Erie Otters teammates Andre Burakovsky and Oscar Dansk will play for the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
Dansk stopped 26-of-27 shots to lead unbeaten Sweden to a 2-1 semifinal win against Russia today. Sweden (6-0-0) moves into Sunday’s 1 p.m. final against Finland, which kept the Otters’ duo of Connor McDavid and Adam Pelech from a chance at the tournament championship. Canada faces Russia in the bronze-medal game at 9 a.m.
Dansk carried a shutout into the third against Russia (3-3-0), until Damir Zhafyarov scored 6 minutes, 37 seconds into the period. But Dansk held off the Russians the rest of the way to improve to 5-0-0 with a 1.60 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and one shutout. Burakovsky was held without a point for the second straight game.
He has three goals and seven points in six games. Filip Forsberg and Oskar Sundqvist scored for Sweden, which can win gold for the second time in three years.
* Finland 5, Canada 1: Finland snapped a 2-2 tie on Buffalo Sabres prospect Rasmus Ristolainen‘s goal with 4:24 left in the second period. Then Finland (4-1-1) sealed the win and today’s matchup against Sweden with two third-period goals. McDavid, who was held without a point, has one goal and four points in six games for Canada (4-1-1), which hasn’t won gold at World Juniors since 2009. Pelech was held scoreless and had a plus-1 rating. He has no points and a plus-1 rating in six games.

IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)
On TV:
All games on NHL Network*
Semifinals – Today
Sweden 2, Russia 1
Finland 5, Canada 1
Medal round – Sunday
Bronze-medal game: Canada (4-1-1) vs. Russia (3-3-0), 9 a.m.
Gold-medal game: Sweden (6-0-0) vs. Finland (4-1-1), 1 p.m.
* DirecTV – Channel 215; Dish Network – Channel 157; Time Warner Cable – Channel 324)

Posted: January 2nd, 2014

Andre Burakovsky

MALMO, Sweden – Sweden is on a roll at the IIHF World Junior Championship. Erie Otters teammates Andre Burakovsky and Oscar Dansk are big reasons why.
Burakovsky had two assists, while Dansk stopped all 18 shots he faced, in a 6-0 quarterfinal win against Slovakia today that moved unbeaten Sweden (5-0-0) into the semifinals. Sweden faces Russia (3-2-0), a 5-3 winner against the United States (3-2-0), on Saturday at 9 a.m.
The other semifinal on Saturday features Canada (4-0-1), which has the Otters’ duo of center Connor McDavid and Adam Pelech, meeting Finland (3-1-1) at 1 p.m. The winners will play for the gold medal Sunday at 1 p.m. The losers will play in the bronze-medal game Sunday at 9 a.m. NHL Network will televise all four games.
Burakovsky has three goals and seven points in five games. Dansk has a 4-0-0 record,

Oscar Dansk

1.75 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and one shutout in four games.
* Canada 4, Switzerland 1: McDavid and Pelech were held without a point, but Canada advanced to the semifinals for the 16th straight time with a two-goal third period that broke open a one-goal game today and clinched a matchup with Finland, a 5-3 winner against Czech Republic (2-3-0). Curtis Lazar scored 4 minutes, 11 seconds into the third to open a 3-1 lead. Derrick Pouliot’s goal with capped the win with 6:11 left capped the victory.
McDavid has a goal and four points in five games. Pelech has no points and an even plus-minus rating.

IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)
On TV:
All medal-round games on NHL Network*
Quarterfinals – Jan. 2
Russia 5, United States 3
Finland 5, Czech Republic 3
Canada 4, Switzerland 1
Sweden 6, Slovakia 0
Semifinals – Saturday
Russia (3-2-0) vs. Sweden (5-0-0), 9 a.m.
Canada (4-0-1) vs. Finland (3-1-1), 1 p.m.
Medal round – Sunday
Bronze-medal game (semifinal losers), 9 a.m.
Gold-medal game (semifinal winners), 1 p.m.
* DirecTV – Channel 215; Dish Network – Channel 157; Time Warner Cable (Channel 324)

Posted: January 1st, 2014

SYDNEY, Nova Scotia – Erie Otters rookie Dylan Strome had a goal and assist, and London F Mitchell Marner’s second hat trick of the tournament completed a two-goal comeback in the third period. But Ontario still lost to Russia 6-5 in a shootout in a preliminary-round game at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge tonight.
Strome has three goals and a team-leading seven points in three games for Ontario (2-0-1), which stands second in Group B entering Friday’s 6 p.m. matchup with the first-place United States (3-0-0). Ontario needs to win in regulation to win the group, and finish at least second in the group to reach Friday’s semifinals. The gold-medal and bronze-medal games are set for Saturday.

Posted: July 19th, 2013

NHL players will play in the Winter Olympics next February in Sochi, Russia. Read about it by clicking this link

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Posted: May 16th, 2013

Add another major publication – Sports Illustrated – to the always growing list of media outlets throughout North America that have done feature stories on hockey phenom Connor McDavid since he joined the Erie Otters as a 15-year-old at the start of the 2013-14 OHL season.
Sports Illustrated has a four-page article in its latest magazine entitled “The Next Next Next One.” McDavid, the highly touted No. 1 pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection who’s already expected to be the top pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, also has been featured by media outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today and ESPN.com, The Hockey News, Toronto Sun, The Globe and Mail in Toronto) and Le Journal de Montreal.
McDavid, 16, a native of Newmarket, Ontario, finished second among all OHL rookies with 66 points in the regular season. He won a gold medal, and led all scorers with 14 points in seven games, with Canada in the IIHF U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia.

Posted: May 7th, 2013

Girard native Jen Schoullis and Mercyhurst alumnus Kelley Steadman will join 39 other players attending the United States Women’s National Team camp June 16-23 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. The camp will determine the players that will train together and play in various events in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which will be held Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia. That roster will be announced June 24.
The final 21-player Olympic team will be unveiled in late December. Schoullis, 24, and Steadman, 22, led the Boston Blades to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League championship this past March before winning gold with the U.S. at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, Ontario, last month.

Posted: May 5th, 2013

Veteran D Spencer Abraham figures Dane Fox and Jimmy McDowell are locks for two of the Erie Otters’ three overager spots for the 2013-14 OHL season. The departure of D Jack Kuzmyk, who recently informed club officials he has chosen to enroll in school instead of trying to play his final season in major juniors, leaves as Abraham as the only other OA on the current roster.
Yet Abraham doesn’t think he’s a sure thing right now. “I’m going to have to earn my spot,” he said. OAs need to be among the best players on the team. So where doe Abraham feel he fits in?
“I can be a depth guy,” he said, who can serve as a mentor to younger Ds like returnees Justin Felker and Darren Raddysh, soon-to-be signed 2013 second-round pick Jesse Saban and highly-touted 2012 pick Travis Dermott.
“They’re young guys coming into the league,” said Abraham, who heads into his fourth year in the OHL. “It’s a tough league. I can show them the way they need to work and the way they need to act.”
* Taking the next step: Defense prospect Patrick Murphy needed to get thinner, faster and stronger to have a chance to play for the Otters next season. He’s spending the offseason doing just that.
A more streamlined version of the Otters’ fifth-round pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection looked impressive during the club’s rookie development camp this weekend at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
“I wasn’t fast enough and too soft in the corners. That’s where I needed to step up to stick around,” said Murphy, who spent brief stints with the club the past two seasons.
* Hitting his mark: First-round pick Dylan Strome tossed a strike Friday night at Jerry Uht Park, when he threw the ceremonial first pitch before the Erie SeaWolves game. Strome wishes he was more accurate with his shots in Saturday’s scrimmages at MIC. He scored in the first scrimmage featuring mainly players with 1996 and 1997 birth years.
Yet he was stopped on a few quality chances in the second scrimmage.
Yet on the plus side, he quickly learned how much of a jump he will face from minor midgets to the OHL. Besides being a faster game, he said, “you’ve got to brace yourself for every hit.”
* A weekend off: C Connor McDavid enjoyed a leisurely weekend at MIC. He didn’t skate because he’s only a week removed from winning a gold medal at the IIHF U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia. Besides, he’s still savoring the memorable experience, and not because he led all players in the tournament with eight goals and 14 points.
He enjoyed playing some of the best players in the world in that age group. McDavid also appreciated what he saw on the ice at MIC this weekend.
“It looks good out there,” he said. “I’m looking forward to training camp.”
* Getting offensive: C Kyle Pettit developed into a reliable defensive forward for the Otters last season as a 16-year-old rookie. Yet he focused on his offensive game this offseason. He has worked strictly on offense four days a week.
“It’s nice to get an offensive approach to my game,” he said.

Posted: April 28th, 2013

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid captured the gold medal Sunday, as Canada defeated the four-time defending champion United States 3-2 in the title game of the IIHF U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia. McDavid didn’t record a point for the second straight game, but he still led all players with eight goals and 14 points in seven games and tied for the lead with six assists. He was named the most valuable player and best forward.
McDavid set Canadian records for goals and points in the tournament. Meanwhile, Canada won gold for the first time since 2008.

Posted: April 26th, 2013

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid was held without a point for the first time in six games at the IIHF U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia. Yet the Canadians still beat Finland 3-1 in the semifinals today to earn a spot in Sunday’s gold-medal game against the United States, which beat Russia 4-3 in the other semifinal.
Canada will play for the U18 title for the first time since winning in 2008. McDavid, who had hat tricks in his previous two games, still leads all players with eight goals and 14 points. He’s tied for the lead with six assists. He already has set Canadian records for goals and points in this tournament.

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