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Jones and U.S. advance to semis, Rasanen gets assist

Caleb Jones and the U.S. will face Russia in the semifinals while Aapeli Rasanen's Finland won their first relegation round game

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Caleb Jones and the United States defeated Switzerland 3-2 in their quarter-final match on Monday to advance to the semifinals of the 2017 World Junior Championship. 

Jordan Greenway scored 18 seconds after Nico Hischier tied the game for Switzerland in the third period. Despite a late onslaught by Switzerland, the U.S. were able to survive and escape with the 'W'. Greenway's quick response would end up being the game-winner, pushing the U.S. onward to the semis. 

Jones did not find the scoresheet against Switzerland. The 19-year-old has one assist in five games at the tournament.

The States will play Russia on Wednesday in Montreal, with the game deciding one of two teams to advance to the gold medal match on January 5. Team U.S.A overcame Russia 3-2 in the preliminary round. 

Aapeli Räsänen and Team Finland won their first game of the relegation series, edging out Latvia 2-1. Räsänen chipped in with an assist on the first goal of the game. His Sioux City Musketeers teammate Eeli Tolvanen also added a helper on the night.

Räsänen now has two goals and two assists in five contests. 

Game Two of the relegation round will be played Tuesday at the Bell Centre.

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