US beats Sweden 4-0 for 3rd straight shutout, wins Group B
Associated Press 2hrs ago

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Boston College's Spencer Knight made 27 saves and the United States opened the first and second periods with two-goal bursts to beat Sweden 4-0 on Thursday night and win Group B in the world junior hockey championship.

The United States will face Slovakia — the fourth-place finisher in Group A — in the quarterfinals Saturday.

After opening with a 5-3 loss to Russia, the United States has reeled off a team-record three straight shutouts, beating Austria 11-0 and the Czech Republic 7-0 to set up the showdown with Sweden for the top spot in the group.

Boston College's Drew Helleson and Boston University's Trevor Zegras scored in the first four minutes, and Minnesota's Ryan Johnson and Wisconsin's Alex Turcotte connected in quick succession early in the second.

Sweden lost in regulation in the preliminary round for the first time since falling 2-0 to Canada in 2006.

In the other quarterfinals, defending champion Canada will play the Czech Republic, Sweden will face Finland, and Russia will play Germany.

United States' Ryan Johnson celebrates his goal against Sweden during the second period of an IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) © Provided by Associated Press United States' Ryan Johnson celebrates his goal against Sweden during the second period of an IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Earlier, Dylan Cozens scored twice, Devon Levi made 18 saves and Canada beat Finland 4-1 to win Group A.

Canada's Dylan Holloway (10) reacts as the puck goes in past Finland goalie Kari Piiroinen (1) as Santeri Hatakka (2) watches during the second period of an IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Canada's Dylan Holloway (10) reacts as the puck goes in past Finland goalie Kari Piiroinen (1) as Santeri Hatakka (2) watches during the second period of an IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Dylan Holloway and Peyton Krebs also scored to help Canada complete pool play 4-0. Brad Lambert scored for Finland.

Canada's Bowen Byram (4), Connor Zary (9), Cole Perfetti (11), Peyton Krebs (18) and Jamie Drysdale (6) celebrate a goal as Finland's Santeri Hatakka (2) and Kasper Puutio (10) skate past during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Canada's Bowen Byram (4), Connor Zary (9), Cole Perfetti (11), Peyton Krebs (18) and Jamie Drysdale (6) celebrate a goal as Finland's Santeri Hatakka (2) and Kasper Puutio (10) skate past during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

In the first game of the day, the Czech Republic took the final Group B slot in the quarterfinals, routing Austria 7-0. Austria finished 0-4, and is 0-21 in the event.

Canada's Dylan Cozens (22) is stopped by Finland goalie Kari Piiroinen (1) during the third period of an IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Canada's Dylan Cozens (22) is stopped by Finland goalie Kari Piiroinen (1) during the third period of an IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Martin Lang scored twice for Finland. Simon Kubicek, Filip Prikryl, Pavel Novak, David Juricek and Jan Mysak added goals and Nick Malik made 15 saves.

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