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U.S. Defeats Sweden 10-5 in World Juniors Tune-Up

By USAHockey.com, 12/23/14, 9:15PM EST

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Four goals in second period spark U.S. to exhibition victory.

KINGSTON, Ontario – Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Boston College) scored three times, while Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich./University of Michigan) and Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz./U.S. National Under-18 Team) each scored twice to help propel the U.S. National Junior Team to a 10-5 victory over Sweden tonight in the final pre-tournament game for both teams in advance of the upcoming 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. A total of 14 different players put up points for Team USA, including a five-assist effort from Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y./Plymouth Whalers).

“We generated some offense and that was certainly great to see,” said Mark Osiecki, head coach of the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team. “We have some things to work on, but I like our group as we head into the World Juniors.”

The teams combined for five first period goals. Like Sunday night when the U.S. beat Germany, JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill./University of Michigan) opened the scoring, only this time he did it in shorthanded fashion just 1:02 into the game with a shot low to the glove side of Swedish netminder Samuel Ward. John Hayden (Greenwich, Conn./Yale University) drew an assist on the play. The U.S. took a 2-0 lead at 6:12 when Brandon Carlo's (Colorado Springs, Colo./Tri-City) shot from the right point deflected in. Sweden's Anton Blidh scored just 10 seconds later, and Gusav Forsling evened the game off a deflected shot at 11:13. But the U.S. held a 3-2 lead after the opening period thanks to a determined effort by Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz./U.S. National Under-18 Team) in front off the rebound of a Milano shot. Nick Schmaltz (Verona, Wis./University of North Dakota) also drew an assist on the goal.

The U.S. broke the game open with three goals in the first half of the middle stanza and led 7-2 after 40 minutes. Tuch lasered one home from the top of the right circle at 2:14 and scored another with the U.S. on the power play at 6:01 when he went from backhand to forehand in tight. Schmaltz beat Ward between the legs on the power play at 7:28 for a 6-2 lead before Motte converted a Swedish turnover at 13:32 from the bottom of the left circle. 

Motte, Matthews and Tuch all scored in the third period for the U.S. Hudson Fasching (Apple Valley, Minn./University of Minnesota) passed across the slot to Motte on two-on-one, and Motte found the back of the net at 3:29. Matthews fired one home from the slot at 14:31, before Tuch finished the scoring for Team USA with a tip in front on a five-on-three power play at 18:40.

Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif./Boston College) played the first two periods in goal for the U.S. and made 14 saves on 16 shots. Brandon Halverson (Traverse City, Mich./Soo Greyhounds) made six saves on nine shots in the third period.

The U.S. will open play in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship Friday (Dec. 26) in Montreal at the Bell Centre against Finland. Opening faceoff is set for 3 p.m. ET, and the game can been seen live in the U.S. on NHL Network. It will also be streamed live by NHL.com.

NOTES: A total of 14 different players recorded at least one point in tonight's game ... Following the game, the U.S. released two players in forwards Jeremy Bracco and Cole Cassels ... All Team USA games in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship will be televised live by NHL Network in the U.S. and also streamed live on NHL.com ... Visit WorldJuniors.USAHockey.com for complete coverage of the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team.

Game Summary

Scoring By Period

  1 2 3 Total
SWE 2 0 3 5
USA 3 4 4 10

 

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Compher (Hayden), 1:02 (SH); 2, USA, Carlo (Milano, Butcher), 6:12; 3, SWE, Blidh (Karlsson), 6:22; 4, SWE, Forsling (Nylander, Kempe), 11:13; 5, USA, Matthews (Milano, Schmaltz), 13:42. Penalties: USA, Larkin (high-sticking), 0:09.

Second Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Tuch (McCoshen, Demko), 2:14; 7, USA, Tuch (Schmaltz, Werenski), 6:01 (PP); 8, USA, Schmaltz (Milano, Werenski), 7:28 (PP); 9, USA, Motte (unassisted), 13:32. Penalties: SWE, Kempe (hooking), 4:38; SWE, Englund (interference), 6:25.

Third Period - Scoring: 10, USA, Motte (Fasching, Larkin), 3:29; 11, SWE, Holmstrom (Forsling, Nylander), 5:37 (PP); 12, USA, Matthews (Werenski, Milano), 14:31; 13, SWE, Englund (Holmstrom, Bristedt), 15:58; 14, USA, Tuch (Schmaltz, Milano), 18:40 (5x3PP); 15, SWE, Looke (Bristedt, Wallmark), 19:57. Penalties: USA, Hayden (holding), 5:23; USA, Motte (roughing), 6:14; SWE, Englund (roughing), 6:14; USA, Hayden (high-sticking), 10:03; SWE, Karlsson (slashing), 17:15; SWE, Bristedt (high-sticking), 17:41.

Shots By Period 1 2 3 Total
SWE 8 8 9 25
USA 11 17 10 38
         
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
GER Ward, 60:00 11-8 17-13 10-7 38-28
USA Demko 40:00 8-6 8-8 x-x 16-14
USA Halverson 20:00 x-x x-x 9-6 9-6

 

Power Play: SWE 1-3; USA 2-4
Penalties: SWE 5-10; USA 4-8
Attendance: 4,029

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