Team USA needed a third-period power play goal from Jordan Greenway to edge a stubborn Swiss squad, 3-2, and gain a berth in the semi-finals of the IIHF World Junior Championships. The U.S. will play a rematch with Russia (whom the U.S. beat, 3-2, in the preliminary round) on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET in Montreal.
Greenway followed up his three-point game against Canada with two points in the quarterfinal victory. Besides his game-winner, the 6’5” left wing had the primary assist on Team USA’s second goal.
Moments after the Swiss tied the score early in the third period, the US went on a power play and controlled the draw. Clayton Keller slid the puck to Charlie McAvoy at the blueline and the defenseman’s wrist shot was deflected slowly to the left of the crease. Well-positioned, Greenway used his long reach to flip the puck into the net for the game-winner.
With six points overall, Greenway has had a hand in five of his team’s last six goals (2G,3A). Keller’s eight points (3G,5A) tops the U.S squad and is third in the tournament.
► All six Terrier skaters have at least one point and combined they have 20 points.
Canada also advanced to the semifinals, defeating The Czech Republic, 5-3. The tournament hosts will face Group A top seed Sweden tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET. Dante Fabbro has one point in five games for Canada.
Episode 3 of BU All-Access looks back on the home-and-home series with Providence and offers segments on Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and a trio of defensemen: Chad Krys, Freddy Meyer and Kevin Shattenkirk.
BU remained at #5 in the USCHO poll and moved up from #6 to #5 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Twenty-three days after defeating Yale, the Terriers return to the ice Thursday night, hosting #10 Union College at Agganis Arena. With seven players still at the WJCs, BU will have six defensemen and 11 forwards available. Junior Connor LaCouvee will start in goal, backed up by newly arrived Nico Lynch.
SB Nation handed out its first half awards with McAvoy, Keller and Jake Oettinger all earning recognition.
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