U.S. Improves to 2-0 at World Juniors
CHN Staff Report
Jack Campbell stopped all 22 shots faced, as the U.S. National Junior Team shut out Switzerland, 3-0, to improve to 2-0 in preliminary round play at the World Junior Championship.
"I thought we stuck to our game plan and eventually wore them down," said Nebraska-Omaha and Team USA head coach Dean Blais. "Both goaltenders played extremely well. I thought Jack really made some key saves in the first period to keep the game scoreless."
Campbell got the start after St. Cloud State freshman Mike Lee started the first game, a 7-3 win over Slovakia on Saturday. The U.S. outshot Switzerland, 49-22.
Campbell started strong between the pipes, turning aside a a pair of Swiss breakaway attempts and helping Team USA kill a two-man disadvantage in the opening frame.
The U.S. grabbed a 1-0 lead six minutes into the second period on its first power play of the game. Boston College's Chris Kreider redirected a Cam Fowler slap shot under Swiss goalie Benjamin Conz for his first goal of the tournament.
Team USA sealed its victory with a pair of third-period goals. Denver's Matt Donovan scored his second of the tournament with seven-and-a-half minutes remaining after collecting a pass from Ryan Bourque and beating Conz low to the stick side. A.J. Jenks completed the scoring four minutes later.
Team USA next plays Tuesday at 3 p.m. (CT) against Latvia, which lost Saturday to Team Canada, 16-0. The game can be seen live in the U.S. on the NHL Network. It will also be streamed live in the U.S. on FASTHockey.com.