World Juniors: J.C. Lipon suspended for game against United States

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

During its 6-3 victory over Slovakia on Friday, Canada lost two forwards when J.C. Lipon and Anthony Camara were ejected for illegal hits. Lipon was the only one who faced a disciplinary hearing with the IIHF. On Saturday, it was announced he has been suspended one game for his hit (seen above) on Tomas Mikus.

He will not play Sunday, when Canada takes on the United States. Canada will also be without Boone Jenner, who will serve the final game of his three-game IIHF ban for a late hit against Sweden during Canada's final pre-tournament exhibition game.

Canada goes into the game with a perfect 2-0 mark and has outscored its opponents 15-6. No team in the tournament has scored more goals than Canada at this point, even without the presence of Jenner and having to play most of Friday's game with only 10 forwards because of the ejections.

Sunday's game will be huge in Group B play, especially for the United States as it tries to rebound from Friday's tough 2-1 loss to first-place Russia.

Yaroslav Kosov hat trick leads Russia to blowout win

After a hard fought 2-1 win against the United States on Friday, Russia came back on Saturday with a dominating 7-0 win over Germany that was led by a natural hat trick by Yaroslav Kosov. He found the back of the net three consecutive times in the third period.

Kosov, who plays professionally for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the KHL, was a fifth-round pick by the Florida Panthers in 2011. In 29 KHL games this season, he has two goals to go with one assist.

Nail Yakupov, the No. 1 overall pick in 2012, scored his first goal of the tournament at the 9:37 mark of the first period to give Russia a 2-0 lead. That was more than enough offense against an overmatched and undermanned German squad.

In three games, Germany is 0-3 and has been outscored 24-3 to make it easily the worst team in the tournament.

Junior scene

Here are the standings after the first four days of the tournament.

Pool A standings
TeamGamesWinsOT WinsOT LossesLossesPoints
Sweden321008
Switzerland210104
Czech Republic210013
Finland210013
Latvia300030
Pool B standings
TeamGamesWinsOT WinsOT LossesLossesPoints
Russia321008
Canada220006
USA210013
Slovakia200111
Germany300030

The only other game played on Saturday was Sweden's 5-1 win against Latvia. [IIHF]

Chris Peters recaps Friday's United States vs. Russia game. [United States Of Hockey]

The schedule for Sunday is as follows (times in ET)

Switzerland vs. Finland (2:30 a.m.)
United States vs. Canada (4:30 a.m.)
Latvia vs. Czech Republic (7:00 a.m.)
Germany vs. Slovakia (9:00 a.m.)

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