Thursday, January 3, 2013
U.S. tops Canada, Subban at world juniors
By James Murphy
Bruins prospects Malcolm Subban (2012 first round, 24th overall), Dougie Hamilton (2011 first round, 9th overall), and Anthony Camara (2011 third round, 81st overall) won't be playing for gold at the World Junior Championships on Saturday as Canada lost to the United States 5-1 in the semifinals.
Team Canada's Subban, Hamilton and Camara will now be facing fellow Bruins prospect Alexander Khokhlachev (2011 second round, 40th overall) and Russia -- who lost 3-2 in a shootout to Sweden in the other semifinal -- in the bronze-medal game.
Subban -- who had found his stride in the previous two games -- and Canada fell victim to a USA offense finding their stride at the right time. The Americans scored seven goals in their quarterfinals win over the Czech Republic and exploded for five more in the semis.
"It wasn't anyone's fault, they just caught us in bad positions," Subban told TSN. "It's tough to lose like this, but it happens. ... They're a good team, you got to give credit where credit is due."
Subban was not to blame for at least the first three U.S. goals; he was completely screened on all of them. After he gave up another goal, he was pulled in favor of Jordan Binnington with 7:16 left in the second period. Subban stopped 12 of 16 American shots, and he is now 4-1-1 with a 2.64 GAA and .908 save percentage. Hamilton has a goal and an assist in five games while Camara has two helpers.
Khokhlachev didn't garner a point in the shootout loss to Sweden and has two goals and two assists in six games.