As you already know, 2009 Wisconsin defensive recruit Nick Pryor has agreed to do a little correspondence piece with us while he is in Russia for the U-18 World Championships. Nick will be updating us as they go through the tournament when he gets some free time. Here's Nick's update for us today. Thanks again Nick!
Nick Pryor, Team USA U-18, U-18 World Championships 4/15/2008
Hey everybody sorry it took me a while to write again but I just thought I would give you a quick recap of the tournament so far if you haven't heard yet. We opened up the tournament by beating Switzerland 7-2. We got down 1-0 pretty quickly but than rebounded and pretty much dominated the rest of the game. I think we held them to about 14 shots. Then yesterday we played a tough Belarus team, where the final ended up 5-2 (empty net) in our favor. Both games we have played really strong, and both our opponents so far have forced us to really battle which will help us going into tomorrows game vs. Sweden.
Our last two games in our pool are vs Sweden, and then Finland the following night. In the past we have matched up against both teams really well, so we all hope that we can keep that going throughout the tournament. The way the tournament works is the first place team from each pool gets an automatic bye into the semifinals, and then the 2nd and 3rd place teams from each pool play in a quarterfinal round in must win games. The 2nd place team from our pool would play the third place team from the other pool, and the 3rd place team from our pool would play the 2nd place team in the other pool.
Hopefully today we can get some good rest on our day off before these next two days that we have in front of us. Last night we got the chance to watch the Russia vs Germany game on TV and the crowd was going wild the whole game. It was about 8,000 russian fans on there feet the whole game with horns and flags chanting all sorts of different things the whole game not sitting down until intermission.
Well tonight were going to go over to the rink to watch the Finland vs. Sweden game, and then come back to the hotel to get some good rest for our game tomorrow. Thanks again for reading. I hope you enjoy! GO USA
Here are the links to Nick's other updates so far:
Nick Pryor #1
Nick Pryor #2
Nick Pryor #3, & #4
Nick Pryor #5