Saturday, January 2, 2016

Americans Blank Czech Republic, 5-0, in WJC Quarterfinal

A goal by Nick Schmaltz (North Dakota) just 5:17 into the contest stood up as the game-winner as the U.S. National Junior Team blanked the Czech Republic, 5-0, in a 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship quarterfinal match on Saturday. The U.S. thus improved to 4-0-0-1 overall in this year's tournament in Helsinki, Finland.

Brock Boeser (North Dakota) set up college teammate Schmaltz's goal for Team USA. Auston Matthews scored three goals for the U.S., while Zach Werenski (Michigan) posted an assist. The Americans will now face Russia in a WJC semifinal contest on Monday (1 p.m. ET, NHL Network), with the victor to face the winner of Sweden and Finland on Tuesday.

ADDENDUM: The U.S fell, 2-1, to Russia on Monday and will face Sweden in tomorrow's bronze medal game (9:30 a.m. ET, NHL Network).

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