YARMOUTH, N.S. – The U.S. Junior Select Team defeated Switzerland, 4-3, tonight at Mariners Centre to clinch Group B and a spot in the semifinals of the 2012 World Junior A Challenge. Trailing 1-0 after 20 minutes, Team USA poured in four second period goals to collect the win.
"We learned tonight that we have to play disciplined hockey," said Brett Larson, head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team. "When we played with speed and got the puck in deep we created chances and were rewarded for it. When we committed penalties and turned the puck over we paid the price. To have success in the medal round we need to play consistently for 60 minutes."
Switzerland established a 1-0 advantage seven minutes into the first period on a power-play redirection.
Team USA's offense broke out in the second period, racking up three goals in a span of 3:55. Vince Hinostroza (Bartlett, Ill.) streaked down the right wing and scored inside the right post at 1:44. Three minutes later, the U.S. forecheck enabled J.T. Stenglein (Greece, N.Y.) to find Justin Kloos (Lakeville, Minn.) in the low slot for a 2-1 lead. Austin Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.) concluded the run by burying a well-executed three-on-two rush on a feed from Zach Stepan (Hasting, Minn.).
Sheldon Dries (Macomb Township, Mich.) expanded the U.S. lead to 4-1 at 13:08 by shooting to the short side from the right face-off dot.
At 3:32 of the third period the Swiss narrowed Team USA's lead to 4-2. Switzerland made it a one-goal game with 1:06 to play, but the U.S. defense held strong in the final moments to seal the victory.
Goaltender Eamon McAdam (Perkasie, Pa.) picked up his second win of the tournament by turning aside 22 shots.
Team USA vaults into Friday's (Nov. 9) semifinal round with a 2-0 record. Faceoffs are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. AST.
Team USA has won three of the last four tournaments (2008, 2009, 2010) and placed third in 2011. FASTHockey will provide live streaming coverage for all tournament games. Those interested in watching should sign up for a free account in advance at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com.
NOTES: Austin Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.), who had one goal and one assist, was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... The World Junior A Challenge is in its seventh year and the United States is competing for the sixth time. In addition to the United States, the 2012 field includes Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland. The official event website is available here ... Follow @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament and join the conversation by using #WJAC. For additional coverage, visit usahockey.com and USA Hockey's Facebook ... Brett Larson (Sioux City, Iowa), head coach and general manager of the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers, is the head coach for the 2012 U.S. Junior Select Team ... The assistant coaches are RJ Enga (Chicago, Ill.) and Derek Lalonde (Green Bay, Wis.). Enga is an assistant coach for the USHL's Chicago Steel, while Lalonde is the head coach of the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers ... For the complete U.S. roster, click here ... The U.S. roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. The 22 players represent 10 states. Six players hail from Minnesota, while Michigan (5), Illinois (3) and Massachusetts (2) also have multiple players. Other states include Alaska, Colorado, Florida, New York, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania ... Ten USHL teams are represented. Leading the way are the Waterloo Black Hawks, who have five players on the roster, and the Green Bay Gamblers, who have three.
Scoring By Period
First Period – Scoring: 1, SUI, Diem (Antonietti, Sieber), 7:00 (pp). Penalties: USA, Cangelosi (delay of game), 6:02; SUI, Heitzmann (holding), 16:44; USA, Dries (slashing), 19:16.
Second Period – Scoring: 2, USA, Hinostroza (Cangelosi, Heinrich), 1:44; 3, USA, Kloos (Stenglein, Johnson), 4:41; 4, USA, Cangelosi (Stepan, Downing), 5:39; 5, USA, Dries (Kile), 13:08. Penalties: SUI, Hachler (tripping), 0:29; USA, Fitzgerald (slashing), 0:57; SUI, Gahler (slashing), 11:35; USA, Downing (slashing), 11:35.
Third Period – Scoring: 6, SUI, Zangger (Bertschy, Heitzmann), 3:32; 7, SUI, Fazzini (Sieber, Grassi), 18:54. Penalties: SUI, Diem (hooking), 10:19; USA, Fitzgerald (checking to the head), 16:39; USA, Fitzgerald (10-minute misconduct), 16:39; USA, Hinostroza (tripping), 19:55.
Shots by Period
|SUI, Boltshauser, 59:01||8/8||11/15||14/14||33/37|
|USA, McAdam, 60:00||7/8||8/8||7/9||22/25|
Power Play: USA 0-4; Switzerland 1-6
Penalties: USA 7-22; Switzerland 4-8
Tag(s): World Jr. A Challenge