Thursday, January 1, 2009

WJC quarterfinals start tomorrow

I know, I know . . . I haven't been online in a week . . . [hangs head] . . .

Ryan McDonagh and Team USA will take on Slovakia in the first quarterfinal on Friday at 2:30 CST. Russia and the Czech Republic will play in the second quarterfinal on Friday at 6:30 CST.

There are only 2 quarterfinals, as Sweden and Canada earned byes into the semifinals. Cody Goloubef and Team Canada will take on the winner of RUS-CZE on Saturday at 6:30 CST. Hopefully, Sweden's opponent at 2:30 CST on Saturday will be Team USA!

The bronze and gold medal games will be played Monday at 2:30 CST and 6:30 CST.

The quarters, semis, and medal games will all be televised on the NHL network.

Anyway, for those of you like me who have been extremely busy and haven't been able to keep up, here's how USA/CAN fared during the preliminary round to get to the playoff round . . .

12/26/08
USA 8 - GER
iihf: box, game recap
usahockey: game recap, game blog, game photos, video highlights
McDonagh -- 0-1-1, 0 SOG, +2

CAN 8 - CZE 1
iihf: box, game recap
hockeycanada: game recap
Goloubef -- 0-0-0, 2 SOG, +2

12/28/08
CAN 15 - KAZ 0
iihf: box, game recap
hockeycanada: game recap
Goloubef -- 0-1-1, 2 SOG, +5

USA 4 - CZE 3
iihf: box, game recap
usahockey: game recap, game blog, game photos, video highlights
McDonagh -- 0-0-0, 0 SOG, -1
McD puts the game in context: "Some might say we didn’t take a step forward, but I don’t think we took a step back because we still got the win."

12/29/08
CAN 5 - GER 1
iihf: box, game recap
hockeycanada: game recap
Goloubef -- 0-0-0, 1 SOG, +1

12/30/08
USA 12 - KAZ 0
iihf: box, game recap
usahockey: game recap, game blog, game photos
McDonagh -- 0-1-1, 2 SOG, +4
McD's comment Team USA's play: "Just making strong plays and smart decisions with the puck. I thought we did well, guys didn’t try to get too fancy, which can sometimes happen against an opponent like this."

12/31/09
CAN 7 - USA 4
iihf: box, game recap
usahockey: game recap, game blog 1, game blog 2, game photos
hockeycanda: game recap
tsn: video highlights
McDonagh -- 0-0-0, 0 SOG, -1
Goloubef -- 0-0-0, 0 SOG, +1


While I'm at it, I might as well mention this little blurb in the Canadian Press:
Cody Goloubef, Oakville, Ont. - Lone college player on the team out of Wisconsin is calm, covers off gaps and doesn't give quarter in the defensive zone. A good skater with quick transition game.
Nice!

And in case you missed it when Gandalf previously posted it, here's a bunch more on Goloubef from the WJ Team Prospects Report:

Cody Goloubef-D- Team Canada is loaded with talent from the three major branches of the Canadian Hockey League: the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. However, Goloubef managed to earn a spot on the roster as the lone representative of the NCAA. Goloubef scored four goals and 10 points in 40 games for the University of Wisconsin last season. However, those moderate offensive totals don't begin to tell the full story. Goloubef was the second-youngest player in the NCAA last season and he was playing on a squad that prioritizes defense and doesn't like gambling offensively.

Goloubef would call himself an offensive defenseman, and he has the skills to back up that claim. He's a strong and fluid skater who enjoys getting involved in the rush. He has strong offensive instincts and a good shot. Goloubef isn't an overly physical player, but he also isn't afraid to use his body when necessary. He's a good two-way player who could develop into a great power-play point man in the NHL. Playing for Wisconsin has allowed Goloubef to fly under the radar a bit, but he's someone to watch closely in the upcoming World Junior Championship. If he is given enough ice time to show what he can do, he could turn some heads in this year's tournament.