2016 WJC Review: Total team effort propels USA to bronze medal

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Sonny Milano, Christian Dvorak, and Anders Bjork - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team USA’s second line of Sonny Milano (L), Anders Bjork (C), and Christian Dvorak (R) provided important secondary scoring for the U.S. at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

For the first time since 2013, Team USA left the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (WJC) with a medal, taking home the bronze medal with a dominating 8-3 rout of Sweden on the last day of tournament. Earlier in the tournament on Dec. 28th, the U.S. had lost to Sweden 1-0 in preliminary round play. Read more»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: USA takes the bronze medal with 8-3 win over Sweden

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Matthew Tkachuk - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team USA forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk deposits one of his two goals past Team Sweden goaltender Felix Sandstrom in the USA’s 8-3 win in the bronze medal game of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

Teams USA and Sweden entered the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship with high hopes for winning gold. Instead, the two hockey powers met in the bronze medal game, an outcome that was certainly a disappointment to both squads. Read more»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Charlie McAvoy and Zach Werenski, USA

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Christian Dvorak, Sonny Milano, Anders Bjork, and Will Borgen - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team USA players Christian Dvorak, Sonny Milano, Anders Bjork, and Will Borgen celebrate Dvorak’s goal in their semi-final loss to Russia at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

Team USA was looking to avenge being ousted by the Russians at the past two U20 tournaments, but Russia had other ideas for their semi-final showdown at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship as they eked out a 2-1 win to move on to the gold medal game and a date with host Finland. Read more»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Nick Schmaltz and Scott Eansor, USA

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Will Borgen and Alex Nedeljkovic - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team USA defender Will Borgen (L) and goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (R) prevent Czech Republic forward Tomas Soustal from scoring in the USA’s 7-0 win over the Czechs at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

Team USA earned the chance to face the team that knocked them out of last year’s tournament after posting a 7-0 win over the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. The win means the U.S. will play Russia, who sent the Americans home early at last year’s WJC. Read more»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Axel Holmstrom, Sweden

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Gabriel Carlsson and Linus Soderstrom - Team Sweden - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Sweden goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Linus Soderstrom stops one of the 17 shots he faced in Sweden’s 6-0 win over Slovakia at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

Team Sweden was hoping for a chance to settle a score with host Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, and their wish has come true after the Swedes earned a semi-final berth with a 6-0 win over Slovakia in a quarterfinal game at Helsinki Ice Hall. Read more»

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