Team USA entered Monday’s Quarterfinals match against Germany with some extra motivation. It was in the Quarters back in the summer when Team USA existed the 2022 World Juniors. Make no mistake lightning would not strike twice. Team USA came out and left no doubt that this was a whole new tournament. 11-1 total domination against the Germans and a trip to the Semifinals. They will not wait for the conclusion of the Quaertfinals to determine who will be next. The game is scheduled for January 4th.
The question is whether the U.S. will make it a gold medal for the sixth time in World Junior history (2004, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2021). There’s still lots of work to be done in the semi-finals.
Logan Cooley notched a hat trick and an assist, Flyer’s prospect Cutter Gauthier had two goals and an assist, and Jimmy Snuggerud added a goal and two assists. Red Savage tallied a pair of goals, and Dylan Duke chipped in a goal and an assist. Jackson Blake and Kenny Connors also scored for the Americans. Defender Ryan Ufko racked up a whopping five assists, while Chaz Lucius, Tyler Boucher, and Luke Mittelstadt had two helpers apiece.
This and That
Final shots favored the U.S. 41-22.
This was the first playoff meeting between the U.S. and Germany in tournament history. It was certainly memorable for the Germans, albeit not for the right reasons. The U.S. exploited its puck movement skills and picked its spots almost at will.
During the era of West Germany, the U.S.’s record against the Germans improved to 23 wins and four losses. The U.S. has won eight straight games against Germany. The last German win was 2-1 on 26 December 2006 on Marcel Muller’s overtime goal in Leksand, Sweden.
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