Earlier than the ball drops in New York Metropolis’s Occasions Sq., the puck will drop in Alberta between two hockey powerhouses enjoying for large stakes. The USA and Sweden will meet within the remaining 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship preliminary sport with positioning within the quarterfinals on the road.
If the US wins in regulation, then it should take the highest spot in Group B and get a gathering with Slovakia. If the U.S. wins in time beyond regulation, then it should end second within the group and face Germany. If it loses, then it should face Finland.
Workforce USA’s spirits are excessive after it bounced again from an early loss to Russia with lopsided wins over Austria (11-0) and the Czech Republic (7-0). Trevor Zegras has been a power with 10 factors (5 objectives, 5 assists) in simply three video games. Captain Cam York has chipped in six factors, together with 5 helpers. The Individuals bought objectives from Arthur Kaliyev and Cole Caufield and a powerful efficiency in web from Spencer Knight in opposition to the Czechs; if head coach Nate Leaman can get a spark from these guys, then the U.S. might be ringing within the new 12 months on a roll.
The U.S. can be with out Patrick Moynihan, who’s sitting due to an harm. The Devils prospect took a late, excessive (and, many would say, soiled) hit in opposition to Austria (the participant was suspended two video games for the hit) and was knocked round in opposition to the Czechs, as effectively. With Moynihan out, the Individuals will costume 12 forwards and eight defensemen, with Senators prospect Tyler Kleven slotting in on the again finish. Knight is again in web after a powerful begin in opposition to the Czechs.
Sweden had its preliminary-round profitable streak snapped at 54 with an time beyond regulation loss Wednesday evening to Russia. It scored the tying purpose within the waning moments of the third interval however Russia netted the game-winner within the dying seconds of the additional session. The one plus for the Individuals is that Sweden performed a bodily contest only one evening in the past, however past that, this can not a simple assembly.
Sweden is a power, led by the noise-making “Terror Twins,” Alexander Holtz and Lucas Raymond. Throw in blue-liners Philip Broberg, Victor Soderstrom and Tobias Bjornfot, and the U.S. will certainly have its fingers full. Whereas the preliminary chart listed Calle Clang making his first begin of the event the chart was incorrect and it will be Hugo Alnefelt in web.
Sporting Information has all of the motion as the US appears to be like to finish 2020 on a excessive notice and take the highest spot in Group B.
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USA vs. Sweden rating, highlights from 2021 World Juniors
11:45 p.m. — Sweden takes an offensive zone penalty. With 8:04 left within the sport and the Individuals are in full management.
11:41 p.m. — Spencer Knight with a pad save.
11:34 p.m. — Neither staff has a lot fireplace on this interval simply but.
11:26 p.m. — Last 20 of the sport. Last 34 of 2020. Let’s go.
11:09 p.m. — Per NHL Community, USA has not allowed a purpose in two hours, two seconds with a goalie in web.
Second interval: USA 4, Sweden 0
11:07 p.m. — Knight makes a great shot on the purpose shot via site visitors.
11:05 p.m. — Soderblom rings one off the pipe. Sweden comes shut however that is the closest they’d get on the ability play.
11:04 p.m. — Kaliyev will get referred to as for tripping and provides the Swedes their first energy play of the sport.
11:01 p.m. — 5 minutes to go within the interval, USA is outshooting Sweden 27-22.
10:58 p.m. — Spencer Knight does not know the place the puck is and is leaning the flawed approach on a wrap-around try however kicks out the pad on the final second to maintain Sweden off the board.
10:42 p.m. — Goalie change for Sweden. Hugo Alnefelt is out. Jesper Wallstedt is in.
10:41 p.m. — GOAL. Off a scramble within the slot, Arthur Kaliyev feeds Alex Turcotte standing on the doorstep and much facet. Turcotte stuffs the puck in and will get his first of the event. USA leads 4-0.
10:40 p.m. — On the penalty shot, Victor Soderstrom stickhandling and he had house after he pulls Knight out of place however loses management of the puck as he goes to his forehand and does not even get a shot off.
10:39 p.m. — Arvid Costmar breaks in and is pulled down by Jackson Lacombe— and we get a penalty shot!
10:36 p.m. — GOAL. Two minutes into the interval. One move throughout the royal highway after a clear faceoff win by Trevor Zegras and Ryan Johnson buries it. USA leads 3-0.
10:34 p.m. — Within the first minute of motion, Sweden will get to possibilities together with one by Lucas Raymond that Spencer Knight stops.
10:33 p.m. — Interval is underway.
First interval: USA 2, Sweden 0
10:14 p.m. — A very good first interval for the Individuals. Spencer Knight stopped 9 pictures because the Individuals put 14 on web, together with the 2 from unhealthy angles that resulted in objectives.
10:10 p.m. — With two seconds left, Alex Turcotte will get an additional love faucet in on the goalie and the Swedes introduce themselves to him.
10:05 p.m. — Individuals head to the ability play.
9:53 p.m. — After making save Alnefelt is out of place however Alex Turcotte cannot stuff the puck in. Victor Soderstrom with a stick save and a magnificence.
9:44 p.m. — GOAL. Trevor Zegras throws the shot on subsequent from the halfwall on the left boards and it finds daylight above the shoulder of Alnefelt. USA leads 2-0.
9:43 p.m. — Groups swap scoring possibilities.
9:39 p.m. — GOAL. simply 1:09 into the sport, Drew Helleson throws the puck on web from the nook and beneath the purpose line and it in some way goes in. USA leads 1-0.
9:37 p.m. — Recreation on and because the ref stated: “Let’s end 2020 proper right here.”
9:37 p.m. — Silky mitts.
8:45 p.m. — Strains are right here.
Seems to be just like the U.S. can be going head-to-head with Calle Clang (PIT) in his first sport of WJC motion. Hugo Alnefelt (TBL) not enjoying for a second straight sport. Oskar Olausson (2021) again in SWE’s lineup after sitting out final evening. pic.twitter.com/JHaF0TO7YG
— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) January 1, 2021
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