Russia beats USA at World Juniors, Caps’ Samsonov solid in net

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Team USA fell to Team Russia, 2-1 today’s World Junior semi-final held in Helsinki, Finland.  Team Russia will take on Team Finland tomorrow for the Junior Championship.  Team USA will take on Team Sweden for the Bronze medal.  The Capitals’ 2015 first round draft pick Ilya Samsonov got the start in goal for Team Russia.

QUICK TAKES
It was clear early that Team USA had much greater team speed, skating past Russian players on numerous occasions.  Team Russia stepped up the attack in the second period, and limited Team USA to only five shots in the middle frame.  Ilya Samsonov had a solid game in net for Team Russia. He stopped 26 of 27 shots.

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FIRST PERIOD
Team USA struck first on a three-man break-away, which out-skated three Russian players for the goal, with Christian Dvorak getting the finisher at 9:04 of the first period. Samsonov had little chance to make the stop.

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Team USA faced a 5-on-3 for two minutes late in the first period, but were able to kill the two-man advantage, limiting Team Russia to just three shots.  The period would end with Team USA leading 1-0.

SECOND PERIOD
Team Russia would tie the game with 4:52 left in the period.

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Team Russia would take the lead two minutes later, with what would eventually be the game-winner.

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The second period would end with Team Russia leading Team USA 2-1.  Team USA only managed five shots in the second period.

THIRD PERIOD

There was no scoring in the third period.  Team Russia wins 2-1. The loss continuous Team USA’s dubious streak of never beating Team Russia in the medal round of the World Juniors.

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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