Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ramage: USA Against Finland in the Quarter Finals

2009 Wisconsin defensive recruit John Ramage has agreed to do a little correspondence piece with us while he is in Fargo, ND for the IIHF U18 World Championships. John will be updating us as they go through the tournament when he gets some free time. Right now the Americans are 3-1 in the tournament and just finished pool play. Late last night John was kind enough to check in after the American squad lost a hear breaker to Russia. Thanks again John!

John Ramage, Team USA U18, IIHF U18 World Championships 4/15/2009

Tonight we played the Russians and lost 6-5. It was a really good game it was tied going into the third period. We got a power play goal to go up 4-3. After that the Russians scored 3 unanswered goals which was a killer. We battled back and scored with little under 2 minutes to go. We ended up finishing second in our pool behind the Fins. Tomorrow we have the day off and then play the Czechs the following day in the quarter finals. That game will be a big game for us cause the lost left a sour taste in our mouths.-John Ramage

In case you were wondering, so far in the tournament Ramage has 1 point, an assist to go along with 2 PIM and a plus/minus rating of +4.

Other scores from the tournament Tuesday:
Switzerland 8, Germany 3
Canada 4, Sweden 2
Slovakia 0, Finland 7
Quarter Final matchups Thursday:
Canada and Finland-Both received byes to the semi finals
Russia vs Sweden, 4:00 PM
USA vs Czech republic, 7:30 PM

Check back in for updates, especially on days after games. Thanks again John for doing this. GO USA!

Team USA's next game: Thursday, 7:30 PM vs Czech Republic

John Ramage Day 2
John Ramage Day 3

Also, in case anyone was wondering, Ramage has signed a LOI for 2009 so he will be on the roster in the fall. Welcome to Wisconsin John.