Matthew Coronato keeps US rolling at World Juniors with win over Sweden
With two goals on the night, Coronato led the U.S. to a 3-2 win over Sweden in its final game of the preliminary round.
EDMONTON, Alberta — In its final game of the preliminary round at the World Junior Championships, the U.S. handed Sweden its first loss after a 3-2 win for the Americans on Sunday night.
In the first period, Sweden's Liam Ohgren (2022 Minnesota Wild first round draft pick) headed to the box for hooking, and at 6 minutes 35 seconds in, Brett Berard capitalized on the man advantage, making it 1-0 for the U.S. Both teams would play a fairly even game for the next 20 minutes until Matthew Coronato found the back of the net at 25:37 and the U.S. went up 2-0.
The score remained 2-0 into the third period and at 45:26 it was once again Matthew Coronato for the U.S. About six minutes later, Sweden would score its first of the night as Emil Andrae put his team on the board. With 1:15 left to play, Sweden struck again as Ake Stakkestad brought his team within one but the comeback stopped there.
The U.S. secured first place in Group B and will begin the quarterfinals on Wednesday as they take on Czechia at 9:30 p.m. CST.
This story has been updated to correct the game time of Wednesday's U.S.-Czechia contest.