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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.

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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.

Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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