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WJC 2015: Americans out, Swedes progress after quarterfinal round

by Emerald Gao / Chicago Blackhawks
Robin Norell (left) will play in Sweden's semifinal game on Monday, while John Hayden and three other Blackhawks prospects are out after a quarterfinal loss to Russia. (Getty Images)

The 2015 U20 World Championship is over for four Blackhawks prospects after Team USA was defeated by Russia in the quarterfinal round for the second straight year on Friday afternoon in Montreal. The 3-2 loss meant elimination for 2013 picks John Hayden, Tyler Motte and Anthony Louis, in addition to 2014 first-rounder Nick Schmaltz; all four players will now return to their college teams.

Hayden shared the team lead vs. Russia with seven shots on goal and was named "Best Player" of the game for the U.S. The alternate captain finished the tournament with one goal in five games. Schmaltz also had a strong game, including a good forechecking shift leading up to the Americans' second goal of the game, although he was held without a point; the North Dakota freshman posted one assist in five games. Motte also notched one assist, while Louis was held without a point.

In Toronto, the Swedes gained revenge for their gold-medal loss at last year's World Juniors, defeating Finland 6-3 to move to the medal round for the ninth consecutive year. Defenseman and 2013 fourth-round pick Robin Norell picked up his first point in this year's tournament with an assist on Sweden's third goal of the game.

Norell and the Swedes will take on Russia in a rematch of their group stage tilt, which ended 3-2 in Sweden's favor, on Jan. 4 at 3 p.m. CT.

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