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Vancouver & Victoria, B.C. | Dec. 26-Jan. 5

The U.S. National Junior Team went 5-0-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and earned a silver medal to extend its unprecedented medal streak in tournament play to four straight IIHF World Junior Championships.

The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship took place Dec. 26, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019, in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. The tournament saw the U.S. earn second in Group B during the preliminary round, which included history being made as the U.S. staged the largest and latest comeback in tournament history. Down 4-0 to Sweden, Team USA rallied for four goals in the final 10:26 of regulation before falling, 5-4, in overtime. In the playoff round, the U.S. defeated the Czech Republic (3-1, QF) and Russia (2-1, SF) before meeting Finland in the gold-medal game. There, the U.S. again fell behind, this time 2-0, before back-to-back goals 1:46 apart midway through the third period saw the U.S. draw the game level. With 1:26 to play in regulation, Finland was able to score the decisive goal as the U.S. finished with a silver medal, its 12th ever medal in the tournament's 43-year history.

Serving as head coach for Team USA was Mike Hastings (Crookston, Minn./Minnesota State), head coach of Minnesota State men’s ice hockey team. He was joined behind the U.S. bench by assistant coaches David Lassonde (Durham, N.H./Dartmouth College), Steve Miller (Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University), Scott Sandelin (Hibbing, Minn./University of Minnesota Duluth) and Jerry Keefe (Saugus, Mass./Northeastern University). John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Mich./USA Hockey), assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, served as general manager.

U.S. Final Roster

U.S. Stats

2019 U.S. Schedule

All U.S. games televised live on NHL Network
Games in Victoria at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
Games in Vancouver at Rogers Arena

Date Opponent/Round Location Time (Local/ET)/Result U.S. Player of Game
Wed., Dec. 26 Slovakia
Victoria, B.C. W, 2-1 Evan Barratt
Fri., Dec. 28 Kazakhstan
Victoria, B.C. W, 8-2 Jason Robertson
Sat., Dec. 29 Sweden
Victoria, B.C. OTL, 4-5 Ryan Poehling
Mon., Dec. 31 Finland
Victoria, B.C. W, 4-1 Tyler Madden
Wed., Jan. 2 Czech Republic
Victoria, B.C. W, 3-1 Noah Cates
Fri., Jan. 4 Russia
Vancouver, B.C. W, 2-1 Cayden Primeau
Sat., Jan. 5 Finland
Gold-Medal Game
Vancouver, B.C. L, 2-3 Sasha Chmelevski

U.S. WJC Notebook

Pics & Vids

Tournament Awards

Award(s) Player(s)
Tournament MVP Ryan Poehling
Best Forward Ryan Poehling
Media All-Star Team Ryan Poehling
Top 3 U.S. Players Mikey Anderson(Defense)
Ryan Poehling (Forward)
Jason Robertson

Final 2019 IIHF WJC Rankings

Rank Country
1 Finland
2 United States
3 Russia
4 Switzerland
5 Sweden
6 Canada
7 Czech Republic
8 Slovakia
9 Kazakhstan
10 Denmark

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