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WORLDS DAY 10: Schneider shuts the door as USA edges Germany

Cory Schneider turned away 24 shots to help USA to victory while Switzerland and Finland also win

by Amanda Stein / newjerseydevils.com

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USA 3, GERMANY 1

USA: Cory Schneider, John Hynes, Jack Hughes 

It took a while to break a deadlock, but once Team USA broke through, they secured themselves a spot in the World Championship quarterfinals. 

After Frederik Tiffels of Germany and USA's James vanReimsdyk (Philadelphia Flyers) scores less than two minutes apart in the first period, it was a battle of the goaltenders in the second period. 

Tweet from @usahockey: Schneider putting the pillows to work early. #MensWorlds #TeamUSA & Germany are scoreless through the opening 10 minutes. pic.twitter.com/RVaPZPJbRM

Neither America's Cory Schneider nor Germany's Mathias Niederberger's dam would break in the second period. Both goaltenders facing an array of breakaways and both facing 11 shots in the period. 

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Still tied 1-1 after 40 minutes. This Niederberger save on Eichel is one of the reasons why#GERUSA #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/BhWXt5nGW0

It wasn't until 10:03 of the third period that another goal would be scored, with USA's Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings) breaking through to give Team USA the 2-1 lead. 

Tweet from @usahockey: 🚨 OH MY 🚨The feed (@JVReemer21) and the finish (@Dylanlarkin39) 👏MensWorlds | #TeamUSA🇺 pic.twitter.com/NwnzJsYJfr

Padding the US lead was forward Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres) who, after multiple high-quality chances finally broke through Niederberger to extend the USA lead to 3-1 with a power play goal. 

Schneider made 24 saves on 25 shots in the victory and improved his save percentage to .927.  

RUSSIA 3, SWITZERLAND 0

Switzerland: Nico Hischier

Despite both teams locked into a quarterfinal spot in the Group B standings, Switzerland and Russia played a hard-fought game on Sunday. It was on the backs of Nikita Kucherov and Artem Anisimov that Russia leaned on to earn the victory.

In perhaps their toughest contest of the World Championship so far, Switzerland were shutout for the first time this tournament in a 3-0 loss. The Russians, meanwhile, skated their way to a fourth shutout in the tournament, having conceded only three goals.

Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) had two goals and Anisimov (Chicago Blackhawks) had a goal and an assist in the win for Russia.

Switzerland has lost two in a row, after their defeat earlier this weekend to Sweden.

Nico Hischier, who is heavily relied on by the Swiss national team, was held without a point against Russia. The Devils forward played 16:51 and had four shots on goal including a third period chance that forced Russian goaltender Alexander Georgiev (New York Rangers) to make a quick post-to-post move to stop the Swiss sniper.

Tweet from @amandacstein: #NJDevils Nico Hischier stopped by Russian netminder Alexander Georgiev.Switzerland loses their second straight game at #IIHFWorlds. pic.twitter.com/na5ETzaiSG

Hischier currently leads the Swiss squad in points with seven (three goals, four assists). 

Next: Switzerland play their final preliminary game on Tuesday at 6:15 a.m. EDT against the Czech Republic.

FINLAND 3, FRANCE 0

Finland: Kaapo Kakko

Finland are back atop the Group A standings after a shutout victory over France on Sunday.

The Finns jumped ahead of the American's in the standings after a 3-0 win and lead Group A with 16 points with just one game left on their preliminary schedule.

On Sunday, Finland were dominant against France outshooting the French 20-5 in the opening period and 47-21 after 60 minutes.

Finnish sensation and draft eligible prospect Kaapo Kakko was held off the scoreboard. He remains, however, tied with four other players for second in goal scoring at the tournament with six goals. Canada's Anthony Mantha leads the tournament with seven.

France are now in the unenviable position of playing to avoid relegation for next year's tournament. France must win on Monday in any fashion against Great Britain to remain in the main draw. As for Finland, their final game against Germany is an ability to secure the top spot in Group A and face the fourth-place team in Group B when the quarterfinals begin next week.

Next: Finland and Germany meet on Tuesday, May 20th at 6:15 a.m. EDT.

 

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