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UNITED STATES 6, GREAT BRITAIN 3
United States: Cory Schneider, Jack Hughes, John Hynes
For the first time since 1962, the United States and Great Britain met at the IIHF World Championship on Wednesday.
And while the United States were the overwhelming favorites, the Brits managed to keep the United States on their toes and earn the victory. After 20 minutes of play both teams were tied at one before the US opened things up.
Team USA scored three in the second and another two in the third to beat Great Britain 6-3.
American forward Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) had two assists and is now the All-Time points leader for the Americans at the tournament. He has 35 points in 21 games played to pass Mark Johnson.
Top-ranked prospect Jack Hughes saw his playing time rise as the US took a 6-2 lead at the 9:10 mark of the third period. He spent time on the US first wave of the power play to bring his minute total to 11:28 and six shots on net.
Hughes nearly scored his first goal of the tournament in the dying moments of the game when he tried to life a backhand into an empty British net. But it was British goaltender Ben Bowns who had the high-light reel save to stop Hughes with his glove.
Ben Bowns was named ‘Player of the Game’ for Great Britain after facing 65 shots from the Americans.
Devils goaltender Cory Schneider served as the backup to Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks).
Next: The US are back on the ice Saturday against Norway in a 2:15 p.m. EDT game.
SWITZERLAND 4, NORWAY 1
Switzerland: Nico Hischier
Don’t look now, but Nico Hischier has yet another point for Switzerland at the World Championship.
Hischier’s second period goal for Switzerland against Norway gave the Swiss a 2-0 lead just 34 seconds into the second period for his seventh point at the tournament. It was a rather pretty point as well, as the crafty Swiss forward faked going to a wraparound on Norwegian goaltender Henrik Holm before sneaking the puck through his skate and the post.
He now has three goals and four assists at the tournament, tying Canada’s Anthony Mantha (Detroit Red Wings) for second in points and trails Sweden’s William Nylander (Toronto Maple Leafs) who has eight.
The 2017 first overall pick by New Jersey had three shots on net in 17:21 of ice-time and a plus-two rating.
Hischier and the Swiss cruised to a 4-1 win against Norway to remain undefeated in the tournament as they sit atop Group B, ahead of Russia.
Next: Switzerland are off for the next two days, returning to action on Saturday against Sweden in a 2:15 p.m. EDT matchup.