Before the ball hit Times Square in New York, the puck fell between two big stakes hockey powerhouses in Alberta.The United States and Sweden went in the final game of the IIHF Junior Preliminary Round World Cup 2021 with quarter-finals on the line from head to toe And just before the clock struck midnight on the east coast, Team USA ran away with a 4-0 victory

The Americans opened the scoring only 1:09 in the game when Drew Helleson shot the puck out of the corner and below the goal line. A little more than two minutes later, Trevor Zegras scored from a strange angle than he shot from the left half board to the net and the puck sailed over Hugo Alnefelt’s shoulder. Team USA scored two more goals in the second half, one from Ryan Johnson after a nice set that pays off a win in the Swedish zone and one by Alex Turcotte This ultimate goal drove Alnefelt out of the net

With his goal and his helpers in both midfield games, Zegras and current NHL player James van Riemsdyk (20 points) are fourth in the list of career points of the World Juniors of all time His three points also give him 13 for the 2021 edition and the points lead by Canada’s Dylan Cozens

At the far end, Spencer Knight continues rolling between the pipes. After Knight had given up four goals in twelve shots against Russia, he has now stopped the US to consecutive shutout wins – the first American goalkeeper to pull off the feat, stopping 27 out of 27 on New Years Eve, including a major pad stop on an all-round try in the second period

The US. was without Patrick Moynihan, who was out with an injury The prospect of Devils had a late, high (and, as many would say, dirty) hit against Austria (the player was suspended for the hit two games) and was also against the Czechs tossed around After Moynihan was eliminated, the American drew 12 forwards and eight defenders, and the Senators’ vantage point, Tyler Kleven, sat at the back end by Moynihan’s status for the tournament is unknown

Sporting News had all the action as the US ended at a high level in 2020 and took the top spot in Group B. The Americans face Slovakia 2 in the quarter-finals in January

11:48 pm – Plenty of chances for the Americans as the final seconds of the power game tick off

11:45 pm – Sweden receives an offensive zone penalty With 8:04 in the game, the Americans are in full control

11:09 pm – According to the NHL Network, the US did not allow a goal in two hours and two seconds with a goalkeeper on the net

11:05 pm – Soderblom rings the doorbell. Sweden is getting closer, but that’s the best they’d get in a power game

11:04 pm – Kaliyev is called to stumble and gives the Swedes their first power game of the game

10:58 pm – Spencer Knight doesn’t know where the puck is and leans in the wrong direction on a wrap-around attempt, but throws the pad at the last second to keep Sweden off the board. p>

10:41 pm – TOR Arthur Kaliyev feeds Alex Turcotte who is standing in front of the door and Turcotte stuffs the puck in and takes his first of the tournament USA leads 4-0

10:40 pm – On penalties, Victor Soderstrom has the stick handling and he had space after pulling Knight out of position, but loses control of the puck when he goes to his forehand and doesn’t even get a shot / p>

10:39 pm – Arvid Costmar breaks in and is knocked down by Jackson Lacombe – and we get a penalty!

10:36 pm – GOAL Two minutes in the period A pass across Royal Street after a clean win from Trevor Zegras and Ryan Johnson buries him USA leads 3-0

10:34 pm – In the first minute of the action, Sweden has chances, including one from Lucas Raymond, that Spencer Knight will stop

10:14 pm – A Good First Period for the Americans Spencer Knight stopped nine shots as the Americans put 14 on the net, including the two from bad angles that resulted in goals

10:10 pm – Two seconds before the end, Alex Turcotte gets an additional love grip on the goalkeeper and the Swedes introduce themselves to him

9:53 pm – After saving, Alnefelt is out of position, but Alex Turcotte cannot put the puck in it, saving Victor Soderstrom with a stick and a beauty

9:44 pm – GOAL Trevor Zegras throws the shot next from the half wall on the left boards and it finds daylight over the shoulder of Alnefelt USA leading 2-0

9:39 pm – GOAL Only 1:09 in the game, Drew Helleson throws the puck out of the corner and below the goal line into the net and somehow it goes into USA leads 1-0

Last game of 2020! @ Trekronorse versus @usahockey @ BobbyBrink19’s hands are ready Let’s go! 👊 #WorldJuniors ImageTwittercom / TtMoeuvBXJ

Looks like the US. will face Calle Clang (PIT) in his first WJC action game Hugo Alnefelt (TBL) won’t play a second game in a row Oskar Olausson (2021) was back on SWE’s line-up after sitting outside last night on ImageTwittercom / JHaF0TO7YG

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