After a 7-3 comeback win over the Slovakia, the USA kept the good start to Group A going with a 3-0 shutout win over Switzerland in their tournament opener as the Americans look stay unbeaten in anticipation with the New Year's Eve Matchup against Canada in the final game of the Group Stage.
Press Release from USA Hockey
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Jack Campbell stopped all 22 shots faced, as the U.S. National Junior Team shut out Switzerland, 3-0, in it's 2nd game of the IIHF World Junior Championship Game. The U.S. improved to 2-0-0-0, with two games remaining in the tournament's preliminary round.
"I thought we stuck to our game plan and eventually wore them down," said Dean Blais, head coach of the the USA National Junior Team. "Both goaltenders played extremely well. I thought Jack really made some key saves in the first period to keep the game scoreless.
Campbell started strong between the pipes, turning aside a pair of Swiss breakaway attempts and helping Team USA kill a two man advantage in the opening frame.
The U.S. grabbed a 1-0 lead six minutes into the 2nd period on it's first power play of the game. Chris Kreider redirected a Cam Fowler slap shot under the Swiss goalie Benjamin Conz for his first tally of the tournament.
Team USA sealed its victory with a pair of third period goals. Matt Donovan scored his 2nd goal of the tournament with seven and a half minutes remaining after collecting a pass from Ryan Bourque and beating Conz low to the stick side. A.J. Jenks tally four minutes later to complete the scoring.
Next action for Team USA comes Tuesday (Dec. 29) at 3 PM CST against Latvia. The game can be seen live in the U.S. on the NHL Network. It will also be streamed live in the U.S. on fasthockey.com
NOTES: Chris Kreider was named Team USA's player of the Game. Nine Players have combined to score USA's 10 goals to date in the tournament. The 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships run Dec. 26 thru Jan 5. in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask, for Team USA's Full Schedule, click here. The NHL Network (U.S.) and fasthockey.com will air every U.S. game live from Saskatoon. In other Tournament Action, Sweden defeated Austria, 7-3, while the Czech Republic will take on Finland and Slovakia will take on Latvia later in the day. For Complete Results and stats from the tournament, visit www.iihf.com for full coverage of the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team, including photos, videos and features click here.
Switzerland 0 U.S.A. 3 (0-0, 0-1, 0-2)
1st Period: No Scoring
2nd Period: 4, USA Kreider (Fowler, Stepan), 5:57 (PP)
3rd Period: 2, USA, Donovan (Bourque, Palmieri), 12:35; 3, Jenks (Warsofsky, Morin)
Shots By Period
Switzerland 14-5-3 22
U.S.A. 11-23-15 49
Goaltenders (SH, SV)
Switzerland, Conz 11-11 23-22 15-13 49-46
U.S.A., Campbell 14-14 5-5 3-3 22-22
Power Play: SUI 0/3 USA 1/5
Penalties: SUI 5 PEN/10 PIM USA 3 PEN/6 PIM
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