Team USA (3-1-0-0) will face off against Team Russia (2-2-0-0) in a Quarterfinals matchup in the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships in Sweden.
The United States was poised to win Group A going into their final preliminary game against Team Canada. They ended up coming up short, 3-2.
New Jersey Devils prospect Stefan Matteau (Albany Devils/New Jersey Devils) scored in the loss to Canada and continues to impress the Devils brass in the tournament. Riley Barber (Miami University/Washington Capitals) score the other Team USA goal.
USA goalie Jon Gillies (Providence College/Calgary Flames) stopped 21 shots in the losing effort. He is currently 10-1-0 with 3 ties at Providence this season.
Barber landed Player of the Game.
Team USA and Team Russia will play at 6 AM EST and the game will be broadcasted on NHL Network along with being streamed on NHL.com.
There are also 3 other games taking place tomorrow to shape the Semifinal Round to be played on January 4th.
The following records will appear in Win-Loss-Overtime Win-Overtime Loss format.
After winning Group A, Team Canada (3-0-0-1) will be facing Team Switzerland (1-2-1-0) who finished in 4th place in Group B.
Team Czech Republic (1-2-1-0) will take on Team Finland (2-1-0-1).
After sweeping preliminary play in Group B, Team Sweden (4-0-0-0) will play against Team Slovakia (1-3-0-0) who barely avoided the relegation rounds due to a tiebreaking win over Team Germany.
Team Germany (1-3-0-0) and Team Norway (0-4-0-0) will face off in a Best-of-3 series to determine who gets relegated to Division I Group A for next years competition. The first game will take place tomorrow.
Team Denmark (5-0-0-0) won all 5 games in their group to earn their spot in the Top Division for the 2015 Junior Championships.