(Photo from Reuters)
Greetings, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) sports fans – I know we’re all pigging out on food, college football, NFL football, and we’re even going to pig out on some college basketball this great holiday weekend. Where ever you are, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year from all of us at All Sports Discussion.
Coming slightly under the radar is a sporting competition that is near and dear to my heart – and that’s the World Junior Hockey Championships that are going on this year in Helsinki, Finland. Why is this near and dear to my heart? I am from North Dakota – and there are a lot of college hockey players that are tapped for the #USAHockey roster every time the World Juniors are held.
On Tuesday, we updated you on #USAHockey’s big win vs. Canada and a loss to Sweden where the team just ran into a hot goalie.
On Wednesday, #USAHockey absolutely smashed Switzerland (h/t Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks Hearald – who you can follow on Twitter at @SchlossmanG) (#USAHockey melted thei entire Swiss chocolate industry lol) by the score of 10-1.
The Americans stormed to a 6-0 lead after the first period and easily cruised to the win.
UND [North Dakota] sophomore Nick Schmaltz scored his first goal of the tournament and added an assist, while linemate Brock Boeser had an assist for the Americans.
Team USA’s top line of Austin Matthews (two goals, two assists), Matthew Tkachuk (two goals, one assist) and Boston College’s Colin White (one goal, two assists) dominated the Swiss, who pulled goalie Joren Van Pottelberghe after allowing the fifth goal.
The Americans, who are looking for their first medal in three years, clinched a spot in the quarterfinals with the victory.
“I thought it was our best game of the tournament overall,” coach Ron Wilson said. “We did a lot of good things and had contributions from everyone, which is nice to see.”
Early this morning, #USAHockey defeated Denmark by the score of 4-1.
Four different U.S. players scored and Brandon Halverson (Traverse City, Mich./Sault Ste. Marie) made 16 saves as the U.S. National Junior Team defeated Denmark, 4-1, in its final preliminary round game at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland.
This was another game where USA college hockey players from Notre Dame, Miami (OH), and Boston College had an impact in the game.
By defeating Denmark, #USAHockey secured second place in Group A and will play its quarterfinal game on Saturday, January 2nd against the third-place team (either Czech Republic or Finland) in Group B.
USA!!! USA!!! USA!!!