U.S. National Junior Team Blanks Switzerland, 3-0

U.S. National Junior Team Blanks Switzerland, 3-0

SASKATOON, Sask. – Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich.) stopped all 22 shots faced, as the U.S. National Junior Team shut out Switzerland, 3-0, in its second game of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. With two games left in the preliminary round, the U.S. improved their overall record to 2-00-0.

“I thought we stuck to our game plan and eventually wore them down,” said Dean Blais, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. “Both goaltenders were excellent. Jack made some important saves in the first half to keep the game scoreless.

Campbell made a strong start between the pipes, taking out a pair of Swiss breakaway attempts. He also helped Team USA eliminate a two man disadvantage in the first frame.

Six minutes into the second period, the U.S. took a 1-0 lead on its first power play. Chris Kreider(Boxford, Mass./Boston College) redirected a Cam Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich.) slap shot under Swiss goalie Benjamin Conz for his first tally of the tournament.

Team USA secured its victory with two third-period goals. Matt Donovan(Edmond, Okla./Univ. of Denver) scored his second of the tournament with seven-and-a-half minutes remaining after collecting a pass from Ryan Bourque (Boxford, Mass.) Conz beat low to the stick side. Four minutes later, Conz was defeated by AJ Jenks (Wolverine Lake in Mich.).

Team USA’s next action against Latvia is Tuesday, December 29 at 3 p.m. CT. The NHL Network will stream the game live from the U.S. The game will also be streamed live from the U.S. by FASTHockey.com

NOTES: Chris Kreider was named Team USA’s Player of the Game … Nine players have combined to score Team USA’s 10 goals to date in the tournament … The 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held in Regina and Saskatoon (Sask.) from December 26 to January 5. For Team USA’s full schedule, click here… Every U.S. match will be broadcast live by FASTHockey.com and NHL Network (USA). Other tournament action saw Sweden defeat Austria 7-3. The Czech Republic will play Finland, and Slovakia will face Latvia later that day. You can find complete stats and results from the tournament at www.vt.com. IIHF.com….