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U.S. survives Switzerland in WJC quarterfinal

Jordan Greenway's goal helps set up rematch with Russia in semifinal

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Left wing Jordan Greenway scored a power-play goal 6:18 into the third period and the United States held on for a 3-2 win against Switzerland in the quarterfinals of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

Jeremy Bracco (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Luke Kunin (Minnesota Wild) also scored and Tyler Parsons (Calgary Flames) made 19 saves for the U.S., which will play Russia in the semifinal at Bell Centre in Montreal on Wednesday.

Nico Hischier (2017 draft eligible) scored two goals and Joren van Pottelberghe (Detroit Red Wings) made 14 saves for Switzerland. Hischier almost had a third goal with four minutes remaining but Parsons made a glove save to deny the 17-year-old center.

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Greenway (Minnesota Wild) picked up a loose puck in the slot and scored his third of the tournament following a shot from the point by defenseman Charlie McAvoy (Boston Bruins) to make it 3-2.

The U.S. has never lost to Switzerland in 23 WJC games, which includes two ties.

Hischier, an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for 2017, scored his second of the game on the power play off a wraparound inside the left post 6:00 into the third to tie it 2-2. He scored his first 10:47 into the second to pull Switzerland within 2-1. Hischier leads Switzerland with four goals and seven points.

Bracco and Kunin scored in a span of 2:10 in the first period to give the United States a 2-0 lead. Bracco scored a power-play goal at 8:32 and Kunin scored his first of the tournament at 10:42.

Quarterfinal results

Russia 4, Denmark 0

Sweden 8, Slovakia 3

United States 3, Switzerland 2

Canada 5, Czech Republic 3

 

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