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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).

Event Calendar

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October 1
5:05 PM
USNTDP
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 6
7:35 PM
Alabama-Huntsville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 7
7:05 PM
Alabama-Huntsville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 13
7:35 PM
Denver
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 14
7:05 PM
Denver
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 19
7:35 PM
Sacred Heart
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 20
7:35 PM
Sacred Heart
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 26
7:35 PM
Nebraska-Omaha
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 27
7:35 PM
Nebraska-Omaha
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 3
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, OH (Value City Arena)
November 4
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, OH (Value City Arena)
November 10
7:35 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 11
7:05 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 17
7:05 PM
RPI
Troy, NY (Houston Field House)
November 18
7:05 PM
RPI
Troy, NY (Houston Field House)
November 24
7:35 PM
Minnesota
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 25
7:05 PM
Minnesota
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
December 1
7:05 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, MI (Munn Ice Arena)
December 2
7:05 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, MI (Munn Ice Arena)
December 8
8:05 PM
Wisconsin
Madison, WI (LaBahn Arena)
December 9
8:05 PM
Wisconsin
Madison, WI (LaBahn Arena)
January 5
7:05 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI (Yost Ice Arena)
January 7
5:05 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 19
7:35 PM
Wisconsin
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 20
7:05 PM
Wisconsin
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 26
8:05 PM
Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN (Mariucci Arena)
January 27
8:05 PM
Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN (Mariucci Arena)
February 2
7:05 PM
Penn State
State College, PA (Pegula Ice Arena)
February 3
7:05 PM
Penn State
State College, PA (Pegula Ice Arena)
February 9
7:35 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 10
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 16
7:35 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 18
5:05 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI (Yost Ice Arena)
February 23
7:35 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 24
7:05 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
March 2
TBA
Big Ten Tournament First Round
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March 10
TBA
Big Ten Tournament Semifinals
Campus Sites
March 17
TBA
Big Ten Tournament Championship
Campus Sites
March 23
TBA
NCAA Regional
Regional Sites
April 5
TBA
NCAA Frozen Four
St. Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Center)
April 7
TBA
NCAA Championship
St. Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Center)

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