This Tuesday from USA Hockey on the American team beating the Czech Republic 6-0 in the World U-18 Championships semifinals:
MINSK, Belarus – Austin Czarnik (Washington, Mich.) scored three goals and Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich.) stopped all 11 shots he faced as the United States blanked the Czech Republic 6-0 Tuesday in the quarterfinals at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Under-18 Championship before a crowd of 3,000. The USA meets Finland in the semifinals Wednesday (7:30 a.m. CDT) at Sport Palace Minsk.
"I thought that was a very good result against a good Czech team," said U.S. coach Kurt Kleinendorst. "Our special teams were on task as both the power play and penalty kill were efficient. Any time you get a shutout, the obvious praise goes to your goaltender, but in this case it was indicative of how we played as a team."
After a hotly contested first half of the opening period, Brandon Saad (Gibsonia, Pa.) staked the U.S. to a 1-0 lead when he took a feed from Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev.) at the Czech blue line, skated into some space and snapped the puck just inside the right post at 13:34. Just 2:22 later, Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) wheeled behind the Czech net and threaded a pass to Czarnik, who tapped it past goalie Libor Kasik to double the U.S. advantage.
Team USA scored three more goals in the second period to pull away. Czarnik scored his second goalat 11:44 when he took a drop pass from Grimaldi and wristed the puck from inside the left faceoff circle past Kasik for a power-play goal. Nick Shore (Denver, Colo.) added a power-play tally of his own when he converted on a cross-crease feed from Chase Balisy (Fullerton, Calif.) at 16:53. Just 20 seconds later, Czarnik netted his third of the game when he took a pass from Connor Brickley (Everett, Mass.), slid the puck to his backhand and deposited it into the top-left corner of the net to make it 5-0.
Bryan Rust (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) slammed home a centering feed from Austin Watson (Ann Arbor, Mich.) 3:36 into the final frame to cap the scoring.