Matt Coronata (Harvard) led Team USA with two goals in a 3-2 win over Sweden on Sunday night to secure first place in their Group B preliminary round match at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton.
“The third period was our best footwork, and the last period really played with us,” Nate Liman (Providence), head coach of the USA Junior National Team, said in a statement.
“I thought we started the game a bit tight, but that’s to be expected. It’s better to get rid of it before the quarter-finals.”
On the power play in the first period, Luke Hughes (Michigan) found himself with the puck at the blue line and made a cross pass to Thomas Bordello (San Jose/NHL). Bardello found Brett Berard (Providence) for a 1-0 lead.
Coronado grabbed a Logan Cooley (USNTDP) rebound under Sweden goaltender Jesper Valstedt to make it 2-0 in the second period and made it 3-0 in the third when the puck was deflected by Coronado after a Cooley interception that found Landon Slagert (Notre Dame ) ).
Sweden scored an even-strength goal with 8:22 left in the game and a power-play/extra-striker goal with 1:15 to go to within one.
They are the fourth US junior team since 2000 (2017, 2008, 2004) to win all of their preliminary round games in 60 minutes, going 4-0-0-0.
Coronata was named the USA Player of the Game.
USA beat Sweden, 41-30.
Team USA plays in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at Rogers Place in Edmonton.