Dec. 31, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- While most people in the United States of America slept, Team USA exploded for a 9-3 victory over Slovakia and advanced out of pool play at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. The tournament is taking place in Ufa, Russia.
With third and final advancing spot on the line in Group B, USA struck first in the first period, but Slovakia responded 14 seconds later to knot the game at 1-1. Then Badger sophomore defenseman and Team USA captain Jake McCabe struck on a backdoor cut finished with a nifty backhand shot to put the American's up for good at 2-1. McCabe would later add an assist on USA's sixth goal.
McCabe and Team USA opened the tournament with an 8-0 victory over Germany on Dec. 27, but then dropped 2-1 games to Russia (Dec. 28) and Canada (Dec. 30) to put the squad in danger of elimination.
The victory, which gave the Americans six points, also gave the team six points and a quarterfinal matchup with the Czech Republic on Wednesday, Jan. 2. The game airs live on NHL Network and at NHL.com.
The winner of the U.S.-Czech Republic game will skate against Canada on Thursday.