LIBEREC, Czech Republic – The North American dominance of Switzerland at the U20 World Championship continued as the U.S. skated to a 4-2 win in preliminary round action.
Switzerland has never won a game against both Canada and the U.S. at World Juniors, and now has a 0-16-2 record against the Americans.
It was the second game that Swiss competed well against their opponents, but fell short of the victory. Yesterday, the Alpine nation lost in a shootout against Finland. Today, the Swiss lost steam, surrendering two five-on-three goals in the third period. For the U.S., the performance was solid, yet not flashy, as they were able to grind out the victory in an improved performance from the squad’s opening game against Kazakhstan.
The U.S. was the better team in the first period, owning a 19-9 shots advantage. But the Americans ended the period with only one goal for their efforts when Colin Wilson scored 5:08 into the game after Jordan Schroeder fed him a spot-on pass for the power-play tally. The U.S. power-play was strong the entire evening, getting all four goals from special teams.
Bobby Sanguinetti doubled the lead in the opening minutes of the second period with the second U.S. power-play goal. But just over a minute later, the Swiss regrouped when Andrei Bykov got his first goal of the championship to close the gap to one.
But third-period penalty trouble dashed the Swiss hopes for an upset as they were whistled for five minor penalties in a 10-minute span. The U.S. took full advantage of the penalty problems, netting the pair of two-man advantage goals, which ultimately proved to be the difference in the 4-2 win.