EDMONTON, Alberta – Team USA (1-0-0-0) is set to continue its journey at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship tonight at Rogers Arena, squaring up against Switzerland (0-0-0-1) at 10:00 p.m. ET on NHL Network.
In 23 games against Switzerland, Team USA has yet to surrender a game and is looking for its seventh-straight win. The last time these two teams met was in 2017 in the quarterfinal round. The U.S. defeated Switzerland, 3-2, en route to collecting a gold medal. Jeremy Bracco and Jordan Greenway led the U.S. with a goal and assist each, with Greenway scoring the game-winner six minutes into the third period.
Even more recently, albeit an unofficial tournament game, the U.S. took on Switzerland last Saturday (Aug. 6) in its final pre-tournament game ahead of the preliminary round and came out on top, 6-1.
Red Savage (Scottsdale, Ariz.) netted two goals as the U.S. scored four goals in the opening 10 minutes of play, and five goals in total in the first. Kaidan Mbereko (Aspen, Colo.) started in net for the team and stopped all 13 shots faced in two periods of action.
The U.S. National Junior Team has a 21-0-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) series record against Switzerland in the IIHF World Junior Championship. The first matchup between the two teams occurred nearly 45 years ago in 1977 in the relegation-round. Team USA rattled off seven-straight wins after that before the teams finished with a 1-1 stalemate in 1993 which resulted in a tie. Afterwards, the U.S. won seven-straight again before another tie, 2-2, at the 2005 tournament. Since then, Team USA has won six-straight. In total, the U.S. has outscored Switzerland 131-45 which includes four shutouts and five games scoring 10+ goals.