US beats Switzerland 3-0 at world juniors

Jack Campbell made 22 saves and the United States remained

unbeaten at the world junior hockey championship with a 3-0 victory

over Switzerland on Sunday.

Chris Kreider, Matt Donovan and A.J. Jenks scored for the

Americans (2-0), who opened the tournament with a 7-3 victory over

Slovakia on Saturday night.

Benjamin Conz made 46 saves for Switzerland (0-1).

“He played great. I was getting a little nervous there,”

Campbell said. “It was one of those games where the other goalie

is standing on his head while I didn’t get too many shots. … We

were lucky to bury a few on him in the end.”

With a partisan crowd behind them, the Swiss were the stronger

team in the opening period, generating more scoring chances. Sven

Ryser had a chance to put Switzerland ahead, but Campbell stopped

him on a partial breakaway with 6 minutes remaining.

“Obviously it’s very disappointing. We were really close,”

Swiss captain Luca Sbisa said. “I think we showed a lot of

positives tonight. If we had put one or two in it would have been a

different game.”

Kreider, a Boston College product and New York Rangers draft

pick, was the only player to beat Conz in the first 40 minutes. He

deflected in Cam Fowler’s point shot on a power play at 5:51 of the

second period. Conz appeared to be screened on the shot.

Conz was sensational from that point on – the Americans fired 38

shots on goal over the final two periods. But the Swiss couldn’t

convert their chances, and Donovan made it 2-0 with 7 minutes left.

Jenks put the game out of reach four minutes later.

The United States will resume Group A play on Tuesday against


Switzerland will face five-time defending champion Canada on

Monday. Canada beat Latvia 16-0 on Saturday.

In the second Group A games in Saskatoon, Slovakia beat Latvia

8-3 to improve to 1-1. Richard Panik had two goals and two assists

for Slovakia, and Tomas Tatar had two goals and an assist.

In Group B in Regina, Oliver Ekman Larsson and Anton Rodin each

had two goals and an assist to help Sweden beat Austria 7-3.

Jacob Josefson, Mattias Ekholm and Andre Petersson also scored

for Sweden (2-0), and Islanders prospect Anders Nilsson made 24


Alexander Pallestrang, Dominique Heinrich and Konstantin Komarek

scored for Austria (0-2), and Marco Wieser made 47 saves.

In the late game, Finland overcame a three-goal deficit to beat

the Czech Republic 4-3. Sami Vatanen scored twice, and Teemu

Hartikainen and Joonas Rask added goals for Finland (1-0). The

Czechs (0-2) were coming off a 10-1 loss to Sweden on Saturday.