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Day 5 of the WJHC: Caufield plays the hero

Cole Caufield's first goal of the World Junior Hockey Championship was also an overtime winner for the Americans

by François Lafleur. Translated by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - The wait is over for Cole Caufield. He scored his first goal of the tournament.

United States 4 - Czech Republic 3

The United States squared off against the host Czechs in their final game of the group phase on Monday.

With the score tied 3-3 in overtime, Caufield's collegiate teammate at the University of Wisconsin, Alex Turcotte, fed him a perfect pass that ultimately led to the game-winning tally.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Petit rappel qu'on a rep��ch�� Cole Caufield. 😌Friendly reminder that Cole Caufield is a Hab.#GoHabsGo https://t.co/HHtPsCDklT

Moments later, Caufield earned player of the game honors for his squad.

For his part, Jordan Harris was the third-most utilized defenseman for the Americans. While logging 17:38 of ice time, Harris registered three shots on goal. He was held off the scoresheet, however.

Team USA finished the preliminary round with eight points and sit tentatively atop Group B.

Sweden 6 - Kazakhstan 2

Earlier in the day, Mattias Norlinder and Sweden battled Kazakhstan.

The Canadiens' hopeful saw his ice time increase for a third straight game. He logged just under 15 minutes on Monday.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Mattias Norlinder, big Shea Weber fan.#GoHabsGo | #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/gSrIBoQDbt

In addition to being on the ice for Sweden's third goal early in the second period, Norlinder also registered a pair of shots.

The Swedes ultimately rolled to a fairly easy 6-2 victory.

What's on tap on Tuesday?

The preliminary round will draw to a close on Tuesday.

Four games are on the schedule. They'll all have an impact on the final group standings and upcoming matchups in the elimination round.

Norlinder and his teammates will face Slovakia, while Alexander Romanov will try and keep things rolling for the Russians against Germany.

Schedule for Day 6

Sweden - Slovakia - 9:00 a.m. EST (TSN 1/3)

Russia - Germany - 9:00 a.m. EST (TSN 4/5 and RDS)

Finland - Switzerland - 1:00 p.m. EST (TSN 3 and RDS beginning at 3:30 p.m. EST)

Canada - Czech Republic - 1:00 p.m. EST (TSN 1/4/5 and RDS)

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