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.
The leaders on offense for the USA in this game were forwards Auston Matthews (2016) and Nick Schmaltz (CHI), who each picked up three points in the win. Matthews’ point total came off of a hat trick, while Schmaltz netted a goal and added two assists. Defenseman Zach Werenski (CBJ) picked up two assists, as well. Other goal scorers for the U.S. were Christian Dvorak (ARI), Scott Eansor (2016), and Alex DeBrincat (2016).
Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (CAR) picked up the shutout, his first of this tournament, stopping all 28 shots that the Czechs fired his way.
Schmaltz and Eansor spoke with Hockey’s Future after the win over the Czech Republic, with their comments being captured in this HF video.
Game highlights from the USA-Czech Republic game can be viewed here.
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