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WORLDS DAY 3: Hischier scores game-winning goal for Switzerland

Jesper Bratt nets an assist as Sweden, USA, Switzerland and Canada all win on Sunday

by Amanda Stein / newjerseydevils.com

For full coverage of the Devils competing in this month's World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at newjerseydevils.com/worlds.

USA 7, FRANCE 1

United States: Cory Schneider, John Hynes, Jack Hughes

France spoiled the shutout for the United States at the 6:36 mark of the third period, but the lead USA had already built was too much for France to overcome. 

The United States had built a 6-0 lead before France were on the board with their lone goal of the game.

The USA defeated France 7-1 on Sunday for their first win of the tournament. 

New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider served as the team back up after starting in the opening game of the tournament. Thatcher Demko of the Vancouver Canucks, made X saves on X shots to lead Team USA to victory.

Top-ranked draft-eligible prospect, 17-year-old Jack Hughes had three shot on goal, played 14:28 and skated alongside James van Riemsdyk and Clayton Keller. 

Next: It's a matchup many have circled on their calendar as Team USA and Finland meet on Monday at 10:15 a.m. EDT. The game puts the top two draft-eligible players in Hughes and Kaapo Kakko up against one another.

SWEDEN 8, ITALY 1

Sweden: Jesper Bratt

Sweden continued their quest to defend two straight gold medals at the World Championship with a victory against Italy on Sunday.

Sweden eased into themselves into the game, with a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes, before exploding for another six goals in the third period to cruise to the 8-0 shutout win. 

Devils forward Jesper Bratt, for a second straight game, factored in with a point. His second point of the tournament was a beautiful assist as he carried the puck into the offensive zone from the blueline, cut to the middle of the ice, down low and shot the puck on net. Swedish teammate Anton Lander buried the loose puck in the crease off of Bratt's shot for the 1-0 lead at the 2:10 mark of the first period.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Nice play by Jesper Bratt to set up Sweden���s first goal at #IIHFWorlds. pic.twitter.com/t20Bp6RTRj

New York Ranger goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, in net for Sweden, posted the 12-save shutout against Italy. 

Sweden is now 1-1-0 at the tournament.

Next: Sweden is back on the ice Monday at 2:15 p.m. EDT against Norway. 

CANADA 8, GREAT BRITAIN 0

Canada: Damon Severson, Mackenzie Blackwood

Team Canada steamrolled their way to their first win of the World Championship with a victory over Great Britain on Sunday.

Canada powered two goals past British netminder Ben Bowns in the first period and another three in each of the second and third periods for an 8-0 win. Great Britain's backup goaltender Jackson Whistle played the final nine minutes of the game.

Britain is in the top division of the World Championship for the first time since 1994.

Canada outshot Great Britain 56 to 12. 

Devils defenseman Damon Severson played a team-leading 17:20 of ice time and had five shots on net. Severson spent plenty of time manning the point on the Canadian first wave of the power play, with Great Britain taking six penalties against Canada. 

Canada is now 1-1 at the tournament.

Next: Canada faces off against the host-team Slovakia on Monday at 2:15 p.m. EDT, a game which also features Devils prospect Marian Studenic.

SWITZERLAND 3, LATVIA 1

Switzerland: Nico Hischier

Nico Hischier played hero for Switzerland on Sunday with his tie-breaking goal against Latvia.

The New Jersey Devils forward gave his country a 2-1 lead with less than five minutes to play on Sunday as Switzerland earn a 3-1 victory in their Group B play.

The goal was a big one for Hischier and Switzerland. They'll likely be competing with Latvia for the final spot in the top four of Group B and a chance to play in the quarter-finals and this win could be decisive.

Group B powerhouse teams include Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic. 

Hischier won the face-off with just 3:46 to play, before sending the puck back to fellow NHLer Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators. From the high right circle, Josi shot the puck on net with Hischier in front to clean up the rebound. 

"It was just a simple play," Hischier said on the TSN broadcast. "The puck was right there, I'm lucky it went in."

Tweet from @NJDevils: Nico Hischier lights the lamp for his second goal of the tournament! #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/uKsSVK8T7I

Hischier and the Swiss are undefeated through two games, while the 20-year-old Hischier has contributed four points so far with two goals and two assists. He leads all forwards with 18:21 of ice time. 

The Swiss outshot Latvia 37-21, five of those Swiss shots came off the stick of Hischier. 

Next: Switzerland will have Monday off before returning to the ice on Tuesday to face Austria at 2:15 p.m. EDT. 

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