Yesterday, the World Junior Championships kicked off. Teams USA and Canada each put on quite a show, eaching beating their first oppenents in blow-out wins.
The USA team is well represented by the Western Pennsylvania area NHL draft picks: Brandon Saad (Chicago Blackhawks, 2nd round, Forward), JT Miller (New York Rangers, 1st round, Center), Stephen Johns (Chicago Blackhawks, 2nd round 2010, Defenseman) and John Gibson (Anaheim Ducks, 2nd round, Goalie). In addition, Penguins prospect, Josh Archibald, a forward who was chosen in the 6th round of the 2011 draft, is representing the US.
USA played Denmark in their first game in Edmonton last night and won 11-3. Charlie Coyle of Boston University scored a hat trick. The first period kept the game close, ending with a score of 3-2 with the USA up by one goal, but that would be almost the end of scoring for Denmark for the remainder of the game. They tallied just one goal early in the third period, while USA burst through the gate in the second period and didn’t stop.
Saad ended the game with an assist on Coyne’s second goal, Miller racked up a goal and an assist, Johns had an unassisted goal late in the third period and Archibald had an assist in the second.
Other players to watch are Penguins prospects Scott Harrington on Team Canada and Dominik Uher on the Czech team. Canada beat Finland in their first game, 8-1. Harrington had 1 shot on goal. Mark Stone also had a hat trick.
The Czech Republic plays tonight against Denmark. The US plays again on Wednesday versus Finland, against Czech Republic on Friday and against Canada on Saturday.