Team USA Advances to Semifinal Round as Group A's Top Seed
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich./Windsor Spitfires) made 25 saves and Mitch Callahan (Whittier, Calif./Kelowna Rockets) scored the game-winning goal, as the U.S. National Junior Team edged Switzerland here tonight, 2-1, in its fourth and final preliminary-round game of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.
Team USA finished in first place in Group A with a 3-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record, guaranteeing the United States a spot in the semifinal round. The U.S. will face the winner of the quarterfinal match-up between Canada and Switzerland on Monday (Jan. 3) at 7:30 p.m. EST.
"I thought our team defense was excellent tonight," said Keith Allain, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "It helps to have Jack back there, and that gives us confidence moving forward."
Switzerland got on the board first, but Team USA tied the score, 1-1, midway through the first period. With the U.S. on the power play, Charlie Coyle (East Weymouth, Mass./Boston Univ.) threw a backhand pass from behind the net to Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College), who buried a shot low to the far post.
The U.S. scored the game-winning goal midway through the second period. With Team USA cycling the puck in Switzerland's zone, Callahan jammed the puck past Switzerland goalie Benjamin Conz on a wraparound attempt for his first goal of the tournament.
Despite Switzerland's efforts to even the score in the third, Campbell shut the door for his fourth win of the tournament. Meanwhile, Conz finished the night with 40 saves in a losing effort.
Team USA's semifinal game on Monday night will be televised on NHL Network U.S. and streamed live on USAHockey.FASTHockey.com.
NOTES: Ryan Bourque (Boxford, Mass./Quebec Remparts) was named Team USA's player of the game ... Team USA finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while Switzerland was 0-for-1 with the man advantage ... Jack Campbell leads all tournament goalies who have played greater than 40 percent of their teams' total minutes with a 1.03 goals-against average and .957 save percentage ... In other action, Sweden earned the first seed in Group B with a 6-5 shootout win over Canada; Finland blanked Slovakia, 6-0, to claim the second seed in Group A; and Russia claimed the third seed in Group B with an 8-3 win over the Czech Republic. For a full tournament schedule and ticket information, visit BuffaloWorldJuniors.com ... Additional information on Team USA, including a team blog, stats and a media guide, can be found at USAHockey.com.
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