JT Miller, the Rangers 19 year-old first round pick in 2011, recorded three points to help lead the United States to a convincing 7-0 victory over the Czech Republic Wednesday in the opening game of the medal round at the 2013 World Junior Championships. The win sets up a tasty matchup between Team USA and Canada in the semifinals on Thursday in Ufa, Russia.
Miller scored his second goal of the tournament seven seconds into the third period on Wednesday, Team USA's final score of the day against the overwhelmed Czechs. The goal was scored during a United States power play, and, in fact, all three of Miller's points on Wednesday were recorded with the man advantage as he also assisted on a pair of John Gaudreau power play goals in the second period.
Gaudreau notched a Hat Trick for a U.S. squad that has scored 16 goals in its last two games. Defensemen Jacob Trouba and Seth Jones each recorded four assists against the Czechs. Riley Barber also scored twice as part of a five-goal second period for Team USA. Goaltender John Gibson backstopped a 31-save shutout.
Through five games Miller ranks tied for fourth in scoring for the United States with six points (2-4-6). Trouba and Alex Galchenyuk lead Team USA with eight points apiece.
Thursday's semifinal clash will be the second meeting between the United States and Canada in the 2013 World Junior Championships. Canada edged the U.S. 2-1 in a preliminary round contest last week. Canada (4-0-0-0) is the only unbeaten team in the tournament, while Team USA (3-0-0-2) has won three of its five matches, including two in a row.
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