World Junior A Challenge
Canada East 1 vs. USA 6
C Jimmy Mullin , USA: 3-0-3, 0 PIM
USA opened defense of their 2009 Gold medal with a convincing 6-1 win over Canada East. Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin led the way for the Americans with a hat trick. He was originally credited with an assist on USAâ€™s first goal, but it was later changed to his goal. The Fargo Force (USHL) forward followed that up with USAâ€™s second goal, giving the Americans a 2-1 lead in the second period. He completed the hat trick in Penticton, B.C., with the USAâ€™s final goal mid-way through the third period. (Hockey Canada photo)
Canada West 4 vs. Switzerland 5 (OT)
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell , CW: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Canada West found themselves down 3-0 going into the third period of their WJAC opener before mounting a furious comeback to send the game to overtime. Lighting prospect Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, playing on his home ice in Penticton, earned the primary assist on Westâ€™s game tying goal with just over 6 minutes to go in the game. The Swiss won on an overtime goal scored on the power play. West had taken a delay of game penalty in the closing seconds of the third period.