Dec. 31, 2013
MALMO, Sweden -
Providence College sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) and the U.S. National Junior Team wrapped up preliminary round play at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship on Tuesday, Dec. 31 in Malmo, Sweden with a 3-2 loss to Canada.
Gillies stopped 21 shots in the 3-2 loss to Canada (Dec. 31). The game was tied 1-1 after two periods of play but back-to-back power-play tallies 2:19 apart early in the third broke the tie and the Canadians held on for the win.
Team USA finished second in Group A and will face Russia, which finished third in Group B, in Thursday's (Jan. 2) quarterfinal round.
Gillies went 2-1-0 in the preliminary round. He started the first two games for the U.S., making 23 saves in a 5-1 win over the Czech Republic (Dec. 26) and posting 27 stops in a 6-3 win against Slovakia (Dec. 28). Then after getting the night off as the U.S. defeated Germany 8-0 (Dec. 29).
For the tournament, Gillies has posted a 2.35 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.
The United States, which has medaled in three of the last four IIHF World Junior Championships, faces Russia at 6:00 a.m. (ET) on Thursday (noon local time). The game will be televised live on the NHL Network (DirecTV 215, DISH 477) and streamed live via NHL.com.
Last season, Gillies served as the primary backup for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia and became the first Friar to take home a medal in the prestigious tournament as the U.S. won gold.
Last season, Gillies became the 11th Friar to take part in the World Junior Championships and the first since Bobby Goepfert (2003). Shaun Kane ’92 is the only other Friar to have taken part in two Junior World Championships (1989 & 1990).