Team USA Rolls Into Semis; Schroeder Breaks Roenick's Mark
CHN Staff Report
SASKATOON, Sask. Rebounding from the heartbreaking shootout loss to Canada, the United States made it to the semifinals anyway with a resounding 6-2 win over Finland on Saturday at the World Junior Championships.
The U.S. (4-0-1-0) will face Sweden in the semifinals Sunday at 8 p.m. (CT).
Minnesota sophomore Jordan Schroeder, playing in his third WJC, had three assists to surpass Jeremy Roenick as the all-time career points leader for Team USA at the WJC. Schroeder has six goals and 20 assists for 26 points, while Roenick was 13-12—25.
"I was happy with our early jump offensively," said Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "I thought our goaltender (Mike Lee) truly was our best player tonight, though. He came through when we really needed him tonight."
Lee, a freshman at St. Cloud State, made 42 saves as the U.S. was outshot 44-25 in the game.
Notre Dame's Kyle Palmieri got a tip-in for his first goal of the tournament for a 1-0 lead. Team USA extended its lead four minutes later on the power play, as Schroeder set up Denver freshman Matt Donovan.
The U.S. added goals from Jerry D'Amigo (RPI) and Chris Kreider (Boston College) for a 4-1 edge. Finland pumped 23 shots on net in the third period, but managed just one goal. D'Amigo then got an empty netter, while North Dakota's Danny Kristo scored nine seconds later.
Team USA's semifinal game against Sweden 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.
NOTES: The U.S. advanced to the semifinals of the World Junior Championship for the seventh time in eight years ... Jordan Schroeder, whose 20 career World Junior Championship assists are already a U.S. record, moved into third on the all-time World Junior Championship career assists list, surpassing Eric Lindros' 19 ... In other tournament action, Switzerland shocked Russia, 3-2, in overtime to advance to a semifinal match-up against Canada.
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