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Team USA In Semifinals After 6-3 Win Over Finland

MORA, Sweden -- The United States used four power play goals in the third period on the way to a 6-3 victory over Finland in quarterfinal action at the 31st annual International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship tonight at FM Mattsson Arena.

The win propelled the United States into the semifinals against Canada tomorrow (Jan. 3). Opening faceoff is set for 4 p.m. (10 a.m. EST) at Ejendals Arena in Leksand, Sweden.

"We're obviously very happy," said U.S. Head Coach Ron Rolston (Fenton, Mich.). "I didn't think we necessarily played our best game, but we got the job done. We have an extremely short turnaround now to get prepared for Canada, but we'll be ready."

The USA had a 1-0 lead after the opening period. The goal came at 11:28 when defenseman Erik Johnson (Bloomington, Minn./University of Minnesota) put home a second rebound from the side of the right circle. Ryan Stoa (Bloomington, Minn./University of Minnesota) and Taylor Chorney (Hastings, Minn./University of North Dakota) picked up assists on the play. U.S. netminder Jeff Frazee (Edina, Minn./University of Minnesota) was outstanding in the period, including a huge glove save of Oskar Osala from point blank range as well as several good saves on two Finland power plays.

Just 2:11 into the second period, Team USA extended its lead to 2-0 as Erik Johnson held the puck in at the point, moved around a defender and and fired a shot at the net. While the puck didn't go in, Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./London) was there to put home the rebound high over Tuukka Rask from the left circle. Finland rallied to tie the game before the end of the period. Jesse Joensuu squeezed one past Frazee from just above the goal line off a rebound as time expired on a Finland power play at 6:38. Then Osala made a nifty move in front to beat Frazee at 10:01.

In a penalty-filled third period, five power play goals were scored, including four by the United States. Team USA took a 3-2 lead just :23 into the final stanza when Erik Johnson's shot from the right point went off Jack Skille's (Madison, Wis./University of Wisconsin) shin pad in front and into the net. Just 1:15 later, Osala scored a power play goal of his own as he beat Frazee from the side of the left faceoff circle. Peter Mueller (Bloomington, Minn./Everett) gave the U.S. the lead for good when he blasted a shot from the high slot home at 7:53 with Team USA enjoying a two-man advantage. After Finland's Timo Seppanen inadvertently shot the puck out of play from his own zone to give Team USA another two-man advantage, Trevor Lewis (Murray, Utah/Owen Sound) was the recipient of a nice pass across the goal mouth from Patrick Kane and he quickly got the puck out of his skates and past Rask for a 5-3 lead at 9:00. Team USA was forced to kill off three straight penalties after that, including one minute of five-on-three power play time. Jack Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan) fired home a shot from the slot at 19:40 with Team USA up two men to finish the scoring.

Frazee picked up his third win in as many tries at the 2007 World Junior Championship with 31 saves, while Rask also had 31 stops.

Wednesday's (Jan. 3) semifinal game can be heard live on usahockey.com with Jim Rich and Jeff Sauer. In addition, NHL Center Ice will provide live television coverage of the game in the United States.

NOTES: Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./London), with a goal and two assists, was named the U.S. Player of the Game for the third time in the tournament. Kane has 4-6--10 through five games ... Jeff Frazee (Edina, Minn./University of Minnesota) is undefeated in four games at the World Junior Championship (three in 2007, one in 2006) and is 10-0-0 in his career in IIHF championship events ... The 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship features athletes under the age of 20 on international teams including the United States, Belarus, Canada, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland ... The U.S. National Junior Team is coming off a fourth-place finish at the 2006 World Junior Championship in Vancouver, British Columbia.
 

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Tattoo Promotion This Friday

Fargo (ND) Move over P.T. Barnum, and may the ghost of Bill Veeck break out a pencil to take notes, the Fargo-Moorhead Jets signature promotion for the 2006-2007 season is coming up on Friday, and it's impact will last a lifetime on at least a few fans.

The FM Jets game against the Southern Minnesota Express on Friday night at the Carlson Coliseum at 7:35pm has been deemed "Tattoo the Express" night with a simple premise. Any fan with a tattoo will receive 50% off a general admission ticket. However, there is an extra kicker to the promotion in that, anyone who gets the FM Jets' logo tattooed anywhere on their body prior to game time will receive a FREE LIFETIME pass to all FM Jets home games.

Logo tattoos must be presented at the January 5th game, or they won't be eligible for the free lifetime pass.

Already, three fans have had the FM Jets' logo tattooed on their body with dozens of more inquiries. Though many of those who called, eventually backed out, it's a promotion that has already been a huge success.

"We were looking for a promotion that would get people in town to pull a double-take and have a laugh and this promotion did just that" said FM Jets' Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations Scott Montesano. "Since we announced the promotion in the fall, its something everyone brings up to us when we go around town and that is the type of impact we'd love out of all of our promotions."

The fans with the logo tattoo will be honored during a second intermission ceremony where they will receive their lifetime passes.

"In a town with many entertainment options, our marketing can't be as conservative as most others, and honestly our fans get the benefit of experiencing some crazy ideas" added Montesano.

In addition to it being an exciting promotional night, Friday's game is the start of an important series between the top two teams in the North American Hockey League's Central Division. The first place FM Jets (45pts) currently have a five-point lead over the defending division champion Southern Minnesota Express (40pts).

The teams will also play Saturday night at 7:05pm at the Carlson Coliseum, with that night being deemed "Hockey Bingo Night" as all fans will have the chance to play bingo during the game.

The series concludes on Sunday afternoon at 5:05pm in Owatonna, MN.

The FM Jets Junior A Hockey Club is in its fourth season as members of the North American Hockey League. The NAHL is the nation's largest Junior A hockey league and is now in its 31st year of operation. For more information, visit fmjets.com or call (701) 235-2354.

Jets home games are played at the John E. Carlson Coliseum in Fargo, ND. All games are broadcasted on Today's Hot New Country 103.9 THE TRUCK and audiosportsonline.com.
 

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IceDiggers head to Ohio for two

Alpena: The Alpena IceDiggers will travel to Mahoning Valley this Friday and Saturday night to take on the first place Phantoms. Both games start at 7:00PM and can be viewed from your computer on the Phantoms website at Mahoning Valley Phantoms.

Currently Alpena trails Mahoning Valley by five points with the IceDiggers having played two less games then the first place club. Back in mid December the IceDiggers were defeated by the Phantoms by scores of 7-1 and 3-2 in Youngstown.

"As a team are looking forward to the weekend ahead." said head coach Kenny Miller. "We know in order to be successful in the North we are going to have to find a way to win in their building,

The IceDiggers are coming off a 5-4 New Years Eve win over 3rd place Traverse City. Erik Peterson (Alpena MI) and Justin Stadler (Livonia MI) were nominated for North Division player of the week honors. Todd Rudasill (Powell OH) leads the NAHL in scoring with 57 points in 33 games. Drew Pierson (Pleasant Prairie WI) leads the league in power play goals with 12. Veteran Forward Kerry Bence (St. Clair MI) leads Alpena in penalty minutes with 76. Co-Captain Ricardo Yesue (Allen Park MI) scored his 2nd game winning goal of the season in Sundays win.

For more information please visit our website at Alpena IceDiggers Jr "A" Hockey.....Home or call VP/GM Bob Krafft at the main office at (989) 356-9812.
 
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