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Kieffer Bellows Lifts Team USA to 4-2 Win over Russia

Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

Winterhawks forward Kieffer Bellows scored twice, including the game winner, to lead Team USA to a 4-2 victory over Russia on Tuesday night at the World Junior Championship in Buffalo.

The Edina, Minnesota born Bellows entered the night leading the United States in goals with four. The United States was taking on Russia in the quarterfinals of the World Juniors.

Just 2:17 into the first period, Bellows continued his stellar tournament firing home a powerplay goal to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead. For Bellows, it was his team leading third goal on the man-advantage.

 

After the goal, it just so happened a Team USA fan was wearing Kieffer’s father’s, Brian Bellows, former NHL Minnesota North Stars’ jersey in the crowd directly behind where Kieffer was celebrating. 

The two squads went back-and-forth for the next two periods, eventually finding themselves tied at two midway through the final frame. In the third, again Bellows came up big. With just under seven minutes remaining, the 6’0″ forward wired one past the Russian netminder from the left circle to hand the United States a 3-2 lead.

The Americans added one more to make it a 4-2 final.

Bellows was named Player of the Game, registering two goals, nine shots, and a plus one rating. His six goals in five games now lead all players in the tournament. The United States move onto the semifinals on Thursday to take on Sweden.

The Winterhawks next four games are on the road, including two this weekend at Spokane and Everett. Portland returns home on January 13th to take on the Seattle Thunderbirds. Grab your tickets HERE! 

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