For the second straight game, Calgary Flames' draft pick John Gaudreau played extremely well for the United States in an eliminaton situation at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia on Wednesday.
According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, Gaudreau notched a hat trick in a 7-0 shutout win over the Czech Republic in quarterfinal action Wednesday. Gaudreau also scored twice against Slovakia on Monday in a critical elimination game for the USA to advance to the medal round.
Gaudreau scored his first goal for Team USA at 11:45 of the first period on the powerplay from defencemen Jacob Trouba and Seth Jones.
Gaudreau then scored his second goal in very similar fashion, as he was wide open on the power play in the slot, near the net each time. His second goal put the Americans up 2-0 only 28 seconds into the second period from J.T. Miller and Jake McCabe.
Gaudreau then scored his hat trick goal from Miller and Jones with 13 seconds left in the second period, once again on the powerplay.
The United States will now play Canada in the semi-finals Thursday at 2:00 a.m.