Monday, December 26, 2011
Campbell, USA open with win at World Juniors
By Mark Stepneski
All four Dallas Stars prospects playing at the 2012 World Junior Championship in Calgary and Edmonton were winners on day one of the tournament.
Goaltender Jack Campbell (1st round/2010) stopped 21 of 24 shots in Team USA’s 11-3 rout of Denmark Monday evening. Campbell improved to 8-1-1 all-time in World Juniors play. The USA led 3-2 after on period and then blew the game open by outscoring Denmark 6-0 in the second period. The USA plays Finland on Wednesday.
Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (1st round/2011) had no points, no shots on goal and a plus-two rating as Canada routed Finland 8-1 in the first game of the tournament. Oleksiak played on Canada’s third defensive pairing with Mark Pysyk, a first round pick of Buffalo. Canada plays Czech Republic on Wednesday.
Defenseman Patrik Nemeth (2nd round/2010) picked up an assist in Sweden’s 9-4 win over Latvia. Nemeth, who was a plus-one and had two penalty minutes in the game, picked up his assist when he drove the net, backhanded a shot on goal and Erik Thorell scored on the rebound to put Sweden up 5-3 with 5:12 left in the second period. Nemeth saw penalty kill time for the Swedes.
Defenseman John Klingberg (5th round/2010) didn’t register a point in Sweden’s victory. He was even and had one shot on goal in the game. He saw time on the power play.
Sweden plays Switzerland on Wednesday.
Canada 8, Finland 1
Sweden 9, Latvia 4
USA 11, Denmark 3
Russia 3, Switzerland 0
Czech Republic vs. Denmark, 7 p.m. (NHL Network US)
Slovakia vs. Latvia, 9 p.m.