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Dec. 30, 1997

Simon, Dusbabek Help U.S. Advance to World Quarterfinals

NOTRE DAME--Notre Dame sophomore forwards Ben Simon (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and Joe Dusbabek (Faribault, Minn.) helped the United States advance to the quarterfinal round of the World Junior Hockey Championship, following a 4-1 win Tuesday over Switzerland, in Hameenlinna, Finland.

The U.S. (2-2-0) finished third in the five-team pool B and will face the runner-up team from pool A, the Czech Republic, in Wednesday's quarterfinal action. Other quarterfinal matchups include Russia (B1) vs. Canada (A4), Switzerland (B2) vs. Sweden (A3) and Finland (A1) vs. Kazakhstan (B4).

Simon assisted on the third U.S. goal, a power-play score by Michigan State's Mike York at the 13:11 mark of the third period. It was Simon's second assist through four games at the world championship.

Jesse Boulerice opened the scoring for the U.S., assisted by York and Toby Peterson (Colorado College) at 16:42 of the opening period. Scott Gomez added to the U.S. lead with a goal midway through the second period, assisted by Ty Jones (8:27).

Switzerland cut into the lead on Alex Chatelain's power-play goal midway through the final period (10:43) but York came through on a man-up chance three minutes later, off assists from Jeff Farkas (Boston College) and Simon. York returned the favor by setting up Farkas for a power-play goal with 2:50 left to play.

Robert Esche came up with 20 saves for the U.S., which owned a commanding 38-20 shot advantage.

The United States opened the championship with a tough 6-3 loss to a Slovakia team that was one of two that failed to advance to the quarterfinal round. The U.S. bounced back by routing Kazakhstan (8-2) before losing in the final minute to Russia (3-2). Dusbabek had a goal and Simon chipped in an assist in the win over Kazakhstan.

Simon is one of eight returners from the U.S. team that claimed the silver medal at the 1996-97 World Junior Championship (in Switzerland), the highest finish for the U.S. in the tournament's 21-year history.

The tournament will be played out from Jan. 1-3 to determine first through eighth places, meaning that Dusbabek and Simon will miss this weekend's Central Collegiate Hockey Association series vs. Miami University (Jan. 2-3) at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse. They also missed last week's University of Minnesota Mariucci Classic, in which Notre Dame (10-8-2) lost to Northeastern (4-2) before beating Brown (5-1).

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December 2
L, 5-4
Massachusetts
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
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December 3
W, 3-0
Massachusetts
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
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December 10
7:10 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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December 31
4:05 PM
Alaska
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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January 1
2:05 PM
Alaska
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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January 6
7:35 PM
Michigan Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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January 7
7:05 PM
Michigan Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
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January 13
7:35 PM
Merrimack
North Andover, Mass. (Lawler Rink)

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January 14
7:05 PM
Merrimack
North Andover, Mass. (Lawler Rink)

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January 20
7:35 PM
New Hampshire
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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January 21
7:05 PM
New Hampshire
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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January 28
7:05 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)

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February 3
7:35 PM
Vermont
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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February 4
6:30 PM
Vermont
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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February 10
7:05 PM
Maine
Portland, Maine (Cross Insurance Arena)

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February 11
7:05 PM
Maine
Orono, Maine (Alfond Arena)

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February 17
7:35 PM
Providence College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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February 18
7:05 PM
Providence College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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February 24
6:05 PM
Boston University
Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)

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February 25
7:05 PM
Boston University
Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)

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March 3
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Hockey East First Round
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March 4
TBA
Hockey East First Round
(campus sites)
March 5
TBA
Hockey East First Round
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March 10
TBA
Hockey East Quarterfinals
(campus sites)
March 11
TBA
Hockey East Quarterfinals
(campus sites)
March 12
TBA
Hockey East Quarterfinals
(campus sites)
March 17
TBA
Hockey East Semifinal
Boston, Mass. (TD Garden)
March 18
TBA
Hockey East Championship
Boston, Mass. (TD Garden)
March 24
TBA
NCAA Regional
TBD
March 25
TBA
NCAA Regional
TBD
March 26
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NCAA Regional
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April 6
TBA
NCAA Semifinal
Chicago, Ill. (United Center)
April 8
TBA
NCAA Championship
Chicago, Ill. (United Center)

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