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World Juniors Recap: USA, Sweden Roll On

A Wild prospect scores more than one goal, and not many surprises.

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Sweden’s team captain, Joel Eriksson-Ek.
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With only two games on Day 3 of the World Juniors, there wasn’t a lack of excitement at all. More high scoring games, great performances by all teams, and another change in the standings. Let’s hop to it!

Sweden 4 - Switzerland 2

Coming off their overtime win against the Czech Republic, the Swiss had a lot of momentum coming into their bout with Sweden. Unfortunately for them, the Swedes swallowed them up late, allowing the Swiss only 15 shots on net while taking 42 of their own en route to another victory. Swedish captain Joel Eriksson-Ek, a product of the Minnesota Wild organization, scored two goals, including the game winner in the third period. The Tre Kronor now have 38 straight wins in the group stage of the WJC, their lass loss traced all the way back to 2006 against the USA in overtime.

United States 5 - Slovakia 2

Another day, another win for the United States, who took over the game in the second period. Goals from Tage Thompson, Charlie MvAvoy and Troy Terry all but put the game away, while Joseph Woll made 18 saves in the win. While 20 shots is respectable from the Slovaks, the US got an astounding 50 pucks on Matej Tomek. Frankly, it should have been 6-2 or 7-2 because Clayton Keller had two possible goals taken away. One was a puck that just tucked over the goal line, but the call on the ice was no goal and the referees didn’t see conclusive evidence, and the other was Keller running into Tomek to get the puck in the net.

Also, Tage Thompson’s goal was absolute filth.

Here’s an update on the standings after 3 days of play.

Group A

Sweden (2-0-0-0) - 6 pts

Czech Republic (1-0-0-1) - 4 pts

Denmark (1-0-0-0) - 3 pts

Switzerland (0-1-0-1) - 2 pts

Finland (0-0-0-2) - 0 pts

Group B

United States (2-0-0-0) - 6 pts

Canada (2-0-0-0) - 6 pts

Russia (1-0-0-1) - 3 pts

Slovakia (0-0-0-2) - 0 pts

Latvia (0-0-0-2) - 0 pts

So what lies ahead on Day 4? A lot of hockey, as there are four games, two for each group. The big matchup in group A is the Scandinavian bout between top team Sweden and bottom team Finland, and in group B, the United States will look to hold off the Russians to keep a share of the top spot. The Czech Republic takes on Denmark to finish group A play Canada plays Latvia as the other group B game.