WHC: USA Beats Kazakhstan; Sweden Blows out Switzerland

The fifth day of the IIHF World Hockey Championship saw Denmark defeat Great Britain 3-2 in overtime, with the Brits picking up a point for the first time this tournament and Finland defeat Norway 5-2.

In games involving Devils players, the United States knocked off Kazakhstan 3-0 while Sweden was all over the Swiss, 7-0.

The US game featured Matt Tennyson picking up an assist for a point as well as two penalty minutes and three shots on goal in 15:58 of time on ice. Matt Hellickson had four shots on net in 18:12 of ice time.

Adam Clendening got the Americans on the board early, 6:57 into the game, off assists from Jason Robertson and Trevor Moore.

The Americans were up 1-0 heading into the second period and it only took 1:33 to get them up by two.

Moore notched one less than two minutes in to the second off of a helper by Zac Jones. Just like that, it was 2-0 USA.

The US would round things out in the third. Again, it came very early, just 1:58 in this time. Jack Drury found the back of the net from Ryan Donato and Tennyson to make it a three-spot for the USA.

And that was it. Kazakhstan took a tripping penalty by Alexei Maklyukov with just about two minutes to go in regulation. This meant that the Kazakhs spent the remaining portion of the game killing a penalty and could not get the extra skater on.

So with that win, the US moves into fourth place in Group B with a 2-1-0 record and a plus-six goal differential, to go along with six points.

Now on to Group A where the Swedes and the Swiss were due for battle.

While Jonas Siegenthaler did not suit up today for Switzerland, Nico Hischier did and got 17:41 of ice time while not registering a shot or a point.

This game saw Sweden score early and often.

Jesper Froden got the ball rolling at 8:35 of the first when he scored from Lawrence Pilut and Magnus Nygren. Adrian Kempe finished the scoring in the first for the Swedes when he scored at 10:00 from Henrik Tommernes and Nils Lundkvist.

In the second period, Victor Olofsson scored 2:33 in – on the power play – from Lundkvist.

Froden got his second of the game from Andreas Wingerli and Klas Dahlbeck at 10:24. Following this goal, Swiss goaltender Leonardo Genoni was pulled in favor of Melvin Nyffeler.

Late in the second, Switzerland took a too many men on the ice penalty at 19:14. Early in the third, Noah Rod of the Swiss took a high sticking call to put the Swedes up 5-on-3 for the next 45 or so seconds. The too many men penalty expired but Sweden would score on the Rod high sticking penalty when Nygren scored at 1:18 from Rickard Rakell and Kempe. It was now 5-0 Sweden.

Lundkvist notched another point 7:14 into the third when he scored from Kempe and Tommernes. About 3:30 later, Tommernes would add one of his own (from Froden and Lundkvist) to give us our final of 7-0.

The Swedes, who were previously winless in the tournament are now in sixth place in Group A with a plus-five goal differential and three points. Switzerland stands in third place in the group with two wins and a minus-three goal differential. They have six points.

Tomorrow in games involving Devils, Belarus takes on Great Britain. Elsewhere, Russia and Denmark clash, the Germans take on Kazakhstan and Canada tries to finally record a win as they take on Norway.

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