New Jersey native Chris Birdsall made 20 saves to lead the U.S. Under-17 Select Team to a 5-0 victory over Switzerland on Thursday in the second game of preliminary-round action at the 2012 U17 Five Nations Tournament in Chomutov, Czech Republic.
Following a scoreless first period, Austin Poganski, Robert Nardella and Shane Gersich scored to give the U.S. a 3-0 lead. Gersich, of Holy Family Catholic High School in Minnesota, also notched two assists in the game. Birdsall made 10 saves in the second.
"We started getting pucks and bodies to the net in the second period," U.S. coach Barry Smith said. "Our team has been making changes and adjustments, and we've gone out and been successful so far."