Thursday, January 2, 2014

Stepan, U.S. done in Sweden

It was one and done for the U.S. Junior National Team at the World Junior Championships in Sweden. After going 3-1 in pool play, including the New Year's Eve loss to Canada, the Americans were eliminated by Russia 5-3 on Thursday morning.

Minnesota State freshman Zach Stepan was listed as the 13th forward for the second game in a row. I watched most of the third period and don't recall seeing him on the ice. However, he was listed as minus-1, on the ice for Russia's first goal in the first period. I remember just one shift for him in the game against Canada.

So Team USA misses out on a chance for a medal. I'm not sure what that means for Stepan rejoining his Minnesota State teammates in Alaska. 

Before the team left on Wednesday, MSU coach Mike Hastings said Stepan was scheduled to meet up with the Mavericks on Monday in Anchorage. Minnesota State plays Alaska in Fairbanks this weekend and Alaska Anchorage in Anchorage the following weekend.

1 comment:

Hockey25 said...

Since MSU is going to be on the road for 12 days, are they going to bring more than 2 extra players on the trip?