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World Junior Championship Recap: Dec. 30

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Sweden clinched Group A at the 2016 World Junior Championship on Wednesday with their 5-0 victory over Denmark.

Calgary Flames prospect Adam Ollas Mattsson had one assist in the win. The defenceman, drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft, now has one goal and two points in three games and is tied for second in scoring among defenceman in the tournament.

Adrian Kempe opened the scoring just 13 seconds into the game and Gustav Forsling added a power play goal late in the first period to give the Swedes a 2-0 lead after 20:00 of play.

Oskar Lindblom netted Sweden's third goal in the second period while William Lagesson and Alexander Nylander scored in the third period.

Felix Sandstrom made eight saves on route to a shutout. Swiss goaltender Thomas Lillie made 43 saves on 48 shots.

Finland 8, Slovakia 3

The host nation now has six points in the round-robin thanks to their 8-3 win over the Slovaks. They will finish off the preliminary round tomorrow when they take on the Czech Republic.

It was a slow start for the Finns, with Slovakia jumping out to a 2-0 leads thanks to goals from Matus Sukel and Radovan Bondra, but a late first period goal from Sebastian Aho got them going.

Finland took the lead in the second period with Aleksi Saarela and Roope Hintz and then put the hammer down in the third period; Jesse Puljujarvi, Patrik Laine, Kasperi Kapanen, Kasper Bjorkqvist, and Aho found the back of the net in the final frame.

Patrik Maier scored Slovakia's lone goal in the third period.

Puljujarvi, who is eligible in the 2016 NHL Draft, had one goal and four points in the win. He now has three goals and 10 points in three games at the tournament.

USA 10, Switzerland 1

The Americans thumped the Swiss on Wednesday, defeating relegation-bound Switzerland 10-1.

Draft-eligible Auston Matthews notched four points in the victory while Colin White, Zach Werenski, Christian Dvorak, and Matthew Tkachuk all had three points.

The USA held a 6-0 lead when the first period came to a close and score their final four goals of the game in the second stanza. Timo Meier scored Switzerland's lone goal early in the second period.

The USA takes on Denmark in their final round robin game on Thursday. Switzerland will play in the best-of-three relegation round, beginning on Jan. 2.

Czech Republic 5, Belarus 3

With a 5-3 loss to the Czech Republic on Wednesday, Belarus has now dropped every game in the round robin and will now be forced to play in the relegation round.

The Czechs received goals from Simon Stransky, Dominik Lakatos, Jiri Smejkal, Radek Vesely, and Dominik Masin.

Stepan Falkovski, Yegor Sharangovich, and Vladislav Goncharov netted Belarus' goals.

The Czech Republic's final game in the round robin portion of the tournament takes place tomorrow when they take on Finland.

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