Monday, December 31, 2012

Team USA rebounds with rout of Slovakia

After dispiriting one-goal losses to both Russia and Canada, Team USA rebounded in their group-play finale on Monday morning and whipped Slovakia by a 9-3 count.

Local product and BC sophomore Johnny Gaudreau came alive, posting two goals and one assist, while Vince Trochek also added two markers and a helper. Jim Vesey added three assists and a whopping 16 players registered at least one point.

The Americans came out firing, tallying five times in the opening 20 minutes on tallies from Jake McCabe, Gaudreau, Cole Bardreau, Mike Rielly and Jacob Trouba.

John Gibson made 26 saves on 29 shots.

Matus Matis picked up a pair of goals and Richard Mraz added a score for Slovakia, whose goaltenders Adam Nagy and Patrik Romancik were strafed for nine goals on 40 shots.

Team USA faces a Wednesday matchup against the Czech Republic from Group A to kick off the medal round.

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