Wednesday’s Day 3 of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship featured a light schedule as the United States and Sweden both claimed victory to improve to 2-0 in the preliminary round. Here’s a look at their victories.
UNITED STATES 5 – SLOVAKIA 2
TORONTO – The United States improved to 2-0 at the World Juniors with a sound 5-2 defeat of Slovakia on Wednesday. The Americans outshot the Slovaks 50-20, scoring three times in the second period to pull the game out of reach. Defenceman Caleb Jones (Portland Winterhawks) had an assist in the win. Marian Studenic of the Hamilton Bulldogs earned Player of the Game honours for Slovakia. The United States faces Russia in a big game on Thursday in Toronto at 3:30pm ET.
SWEDEN 4 – SWITZERLAND 2
MONTREAL – Former Mississauga Steelheads forward Alexander Nylander had two assists to lead Sweden to a 4-2 win over Switzerland. The Swedes outshot their opponent 46-15, improving to 2-0 in the preliminary round. Swiss captain Calvin Thurkauf (Kelowna Rockets) had a goal in the loss and was named Player of the Game. Sweden now prepares for a matchup with their Scandinavian neighbour Finland in Montreal on Thursday at 5:30pm ET.