USA Hockey Downs Switzerland, 10-1, at World Juniors Eleven Players Contribute Points as Team USA Secures Spot In Quarterfinals.
Eleven players contributed points as the U.S. National Junior Team earned a 10-1 victory tonight over Switzerland in its third of four preliminary round games at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland.
With the win, USA Hockey secured a spot in the tournament quarterfinals, which will take place Jan. 2. The U.S. will finish play in the preliminary round tomorrow (Dec. 31) at 9 a.m. ET against Denmark.
“I thought it was our best game of the tournament overall,” said Ron Wilson, head coach of the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team. “We did a lot of good things and had contributions from everyone, which is certainly nice to see.”
USA Hockey Highlights
Five players had three or more points in the game, led by Auston Matthews with four (2-2–4) and Matthew Tkachuk (2-1–3), Christian Dvorak (1-2–3), Colin White (1-2–3) and Zach Werenski (1-2–3) each with three.
Matthews was named the U.S. Player of the Game.
The U.S. outshot Switzerland, 33-28.
The U.S. is 2-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The U.S. can finish from second to fourth in Group A depending upon how tomorrow’s games finish.
If the U.S. defeats Denmark in regulation, it will finish second in Group A and play its quarterfinal game on Jan. 2 against the third-place team in Group B.
Zach Werenski has five points in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship to lead all defensemen.
Auston Matthews is tied for the tournament lead in goals with three.
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The U.S. is competing in a group with Canada, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland.