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US wins second straight, defeats Switzerland at World Juniors

In a 7-1 win, the United States has won their second straight game in the preliminary round at the World Junior Championships.

Brock Faber skating
Minnesota defenseman Brock Faber was one of three Gophers playing defense for the American team that won the 2021 IIHF World Junior gold medal in Canada on Jan. 5, 2021.
Rena Laverty / USA Hockey photo

EDMONTON, Alberta — The U.S. looked to continue its winning ways against Switzerland Thursday night in their second game of the preliminary round of the World Junior Championship, winning its second straight with a 7-1 victory.

The first period was quiet as the game remained scoreless through the first 20 minutes, but come the second period the United States put their foot on the gas and never let up.

Luke Hughes got on the board first for the US and it went on to win the first game of the preliminary round 5-1.

At 25 minutes 54 seconds, Carter Mazur scored the first goal of the night and gave the United States the 1-0 lead. About three minutes later, Switzerland answered back to even the score with a goal from Henry Joel . The captain for the red, white and blue put his squad ahead once again as Brock Faber found the back of the net, giving the Americans a 2-1 lead.

The fun didn't stop there for the United States as they would go on to score four unanswered goals before the second period came to a close. Two minutes after Faber's goal, Mazur netted his second of the night. Landon Slaggert also got in on the action with a goal 37 minutes and 16 seconds in, and Matthew Coronato lighting the lamp 37 seconds before the end of the period. United States led 5-1 after 40 minutes of play.

In the third, Switzerland took an early penalty for slashing and 20 seconds on the power play Thomas Bordeleau capitalized extending his team's lead to 6-1. With five minutes left to play, Riley Duran put one more on the board to cap the scoring.

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The U.S. will play again Saturday against Austria at 1 p.m. CST.

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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