Jan. 3, 2013
UFA, Russia -
After a 5-1 semifinal victory over rival Canada, freshman goalie Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) and Team USA will face Sweden in the gold medal game of the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship at 8:00 a.m. (EST) on Saturday morning in Ufa, Russia. The NHL Network (DirectTV 215, Dish 403) will carry the live broadcast, while NHL.com will provide a live stream of the gold medal game.
Gillies was one of three goalies named to the U.S. World Junior team following a training camp from Dec. 16-24 and he was one of two Hockey East players who made the final squad, joining Boston College forward John Gaudreau. Gillies is the 11th Friar to play in the World Junior Championship and the first since 2003 (goaltender Bobby Goepfert).
The 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship began play in Ufa, Russia, on Dec. 26, 2012. In their first game, Gillies and Team USA downed Germany, 8-0, on Dec. 27. Gillies played the third period and stopped all seven shots he faced in the tournament-opening win. The U.S. then lost to Russia (2-1 on Dec. 28) and Canada (2-1 on Dec. 30) before beating Slovakia on Dec. 31 (9-3) to advance to the quarterfinals. Gillies dressed as John Gibson's backup for each of those games as well.
In the quarterfinals, the U.S. downed the Czech Republic, 7-0 (Jan. 2) with Gillies again dressing as the backup. The U.S. then booked a place in the gold medal game with a 5-1 win over Canada on Thursday (Jan. 3) morning. Sweden punched its ticket to the final with a 3-2 shootout win over the hosts from Russia on Thursday.
Gillies' Friar teammates return from winter break with a two-game series at No. 14 Minnesota State Mankato on Jan. 4-5. Friday night's game is scheduled to begin at 8:37 p.m. (EST).