IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 9-0 Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ – 26 Dec 2017

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United Statesย 9-0ย Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
KeyBank Center, Buffalo ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Tuesday, 26 December 2017

The defending champion U.S. got five first-period goals and never looked back in a 9-0 demolition of Denmark to start the 2018 World Juniors on Tuesday.

Fan favourite Casey Mittelstadt and Kieffer Bellows delivered two goals apiece. Patrick Harper and Max Jones each had a goal and an assist, and Kailer Yamamoto, Andrew Peeke and Dylan Samberg also scored for the United States. Quinn Hughes and Josh Norris had two assists apiece. The U.S. outshot Denmark 36-17.

“We came out ready to go,” said Mittelstadt. “We got a nice goal from Jonesy right away to start it off. That got us rolling. In a tournament like this, itโ€™s big to get the first one.”

Goalie Joseph Woll, who backed up Tyler Parsons for last yearโ€™s Gold medal team, recorded his first career World Junior shutout and third win. Danish starter Kasper Krog, whose .919 save percentage was third-best among 2017 goalies, will have a hard time cleaning up his stats in Buffalo. He only allowed nine goals in total last year.

The Danes are seeking their fourth consecutive quarter-final berth, but set the wrong tone at KeyBank Center. This was their third all-time meeting with the Americans. Although not favoured to prevail, they would have preferred to at least keep the score closer to their previous encounter (a 4-1 U.S. win on 31 December 2015) than their inaugural flop (an 11-3 U.S. win on 26 December 2011).

Denmark will try to rebound versus Finland on Thursday, while the Americans take on Slovakia that day.

“Obviously thereโ€™s a target on our back,” said Bellows. “There always is with us being USA Hockey. Weโ€™re rising up right now. We have to come to every game prepared like itโ€™s our last.”

Featuring seven returning players, the U.S. ruthlessly exploited the holes in Denmarkโ€™s coverage and was full value for the win.

It took just 2:27 for the host nation to draw first blood, as Jones cut to the slot past Danish defenders and slid the puck home. At 5:04, Bellows made it 2-0 with the man advantage, squeezing a heavy wrister from the right faceoff circle past Krog.

Coach Bob Motzkoโ€™s crew capitalized on the power play again at 8:26, as Mittelstadt, like Jones before him, celebrated his first career World Junior goal. The partisan crowd roared as Mittelstadt, a University of Minnesota star, was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres (first round, eighth overall) this year.

“I have really high expectations of myself and I expect myself to play to the best of my ability, whether itโ€™s here or not,” said Mittelstadt. “Coming to Buffalo is a little bit of a cherry on top.”

The American pressure and precision was overwhelming. In Gretzky-like fashion, Brady Tkachuk centered the puck from behind the net to Yamamoto, who made no mistake for a 4-0 lead at 11:35.

Denmark got its first man advantage when Will Lockwood was sent off for interference after steamrolling Valdemar Ahlberg in the corner, but it was fruitless. With 1:12 left in the first period, Mittelstadt cruised to the side of the net and casually roofed Patrick Harperโ€™s feed past Krog.

Although Krog had surrendered five goals on 13 shots, Danish coach Olaf Eller (the father of Lars Eller of the Washington Capitals) kept his starter in for the second period. After being hooked on a breakaway, Bellows made it 6-0 on a penalty shot at 4:08, curling in from the left side to put a backhand through Krogโ€™s legs.

At 19:31, Harper added the seventh goal on a high wrist shot that fooled Krog through traffic.

Woll said of his quiet night: “In this kind of game, you just have to keep your focus. Itโ€™s a good test mentally and physically to stay warm and keep your body alert.”

Backup goalie Emil Gransรธe finally replaced Krog in the third period, but it made no difference as Peeke and Samberg rounded out the scoring.

1st Period
02:27 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Jones (Peeke, Norris)
04:17 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐย PEN – Schmidt-Svejstrup, roughing
05:04 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP GOAL – Bellows (Brown)
08:26 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Mittelstadt (Hughes, M. Anderson)
11:35 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Yamamoto (Tkachuk, Hughes)
14:14 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Lockwood, interference
18:48 –ย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Mittelstadt (Harper, Tufte)
19:36 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐย PEN – Mathiasen-Wejse, interference

2nd Period
24:08 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN SHOT GOAL – Bellows

25:34 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Tkachuk, delay of game
39:31 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Harper (Fox)

3rd Period
41:19 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Mittelstadt, hooking
46:12 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐย PEN – Madsen, slashing
51:48 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐย PEN – Blichfeld, roughing
52:30 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP GOAL – Peeke (Jones)
53:23 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Samberg (Perunovich, Norris)
58:31 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐย PEN – Andersen, high sticking

W: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย Woll (17-17)
L: ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐย Krog (16-23),ย Gransรธe (11-13)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 13+10+13 = 36
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ 4+7+6 = 17

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Goaltenders: Jake Oettinger, Joseph Woll. Defence: Mikey Anderson, Adam Fox, Quinn Hughes, Ryan Lindgren (A), Andrew Peeke, Scott Perunovich, Dylan Samberg. Forwards: Joey Anderson (C), Kieffer Bellows, Logan Brown, Trent Frederic, Patrick Harper, Max Jones, Will Lockwood, Casey Mittelstadt, Josh Norris, Ryan Poehling, Brady Tkachuk, Riley Tufte, Kailer Yamamoto.
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Goaltenders: Emil Gransรธe, Kasper Krog. Defence: Rasmus Heine, Jakub Jessen, Christian Larsen, Oliver Larsen, Jeppe Mogensen, Lasse Mortensen, Malte Setkov. Forwards: Valdemar Ahlberg, Lucas Andersen, Joachim Blichfeld, Christoffer Gath, Andreas Grundtvig, Nikolaj Krag (A), David Madsen, Christian Mathiasen-Wejse (C), Magnus Molge, Daniel Nielsen (A), Jonas Rรธndbjerg, Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup, Phillip Schultz.

current champion
05 Jan 2017)
Last Title none
39 All-Time Wins
1 win Head-To-Head
0 wins
First IHLC Meeting (USA vs. DEN)
Previous IHLC Meeting (USA vs. DEN)
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA 3-1 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 22 Dec 2017 โ€“ EX โ€“ Erie ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย SVK 3-2 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 28 Dec 2017 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Buffalo ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Article Credit: 2018 World Junior Championship
Photo Credit: 2018 World Junior Championshipย IIHFHHOFIOC



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