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WJC Recap: USA Beats Finland, Sweden Tops Russia

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Team USA to face Russia in semifinals; Sweden faces Slovakia

United States v Finland - 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images

Game 1: Switzerland vs. Czech Republic

Final Score: Switzerland 3 | Czech Republic 6

Switzerland Goal Scorers: Jager, Rohrbach, Riva

Czech Republic Goal Scorers: Lauko, Necas (Hurricanes), Reichel (2), Kaut, Kurovsky,

Sabres Prospects: Vojtech Budik - 1 assist, +1, 21:26 TOI

Game 2: United States vs. Finland

Final Score: USA 5 | Finland 4

USA Goal Scorers: Frederic (Bruins), Mittelstadt (Sabres), Anderson (2) (Devils), Fox (Flames)

Finland Goal Scorers: Rasanen (Oilers), Tolvanen (Predators), Koppanen (Bruins), Vesalainen (Jets)

Sabres Prospects: Casey Mittelstadt - 1 goal, 2 assists, +2, 5 shots, 21:46 TOI; Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen - 32 saves, 37 shots faced

Game 3: Slovakia vs. Denmark

Final Score: Slovakia 5 | Denmark 1

Slovakia Goal Scorers: Roman (2), Fehervary, Bucek, Liska

Denmark Goal Scorers: Blichfeld (Sharks)

Game 4: Russia vs. Sweden

Final Score: Russia 3 | Sweden 4 (SO)

Russia Goal Scorers: Sokolov (Wild), Kostin (Blues), Polodyan

Sweden Goal Scorers: Andersson (Rangers), Liljegren (Leafs), Gustafsson

Sabres Prospects: Alexander Nylander - 1 assist, 4 shots, 23:49 TOI; Marcus Davidsson - 1 assist, minus-1, 13:53 TOI

Players to Watch Update

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: 4 GP | 3.04 GAA | 12 GA, 102 shots faced

Marcus Davidsson: 4 GP | 1 G | 1 A | 2 PTS

Alex Nylander: 4 GP | 1 G | 5 A | 6 PTS | +3

Casey Mittelstadt: 4 GP | 4 G | 5 A | 9 PTS | +6

Brady Tkachuk: 4 GP | 2 G | 4 A | 6 PTS | +3

Rasmus Dahlin: 4 GP | 6 A | 6 PTS | +5

Filip Zadina: 4 GP | 3 G | 1 A | 4 PTS

Vojtech Budik: 4 GP | 3 A | 3 PTS | +2

Standings Group A

1. Canada

2. USA

3. Finland

4. Slovakia

5. Denmark

Standings Group B

1. Sweden

2. Czech Republic

3. Russia

4. Switzerland

5. Belarus

Quarter finals Schedule

CZE vs. FIN 12 pm

CAN vs. SUI 4 pm

SWE vs. SVK 6 pm (@ HARBORCENTER)

USA vs. RUS 8 pm

All games Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at KeyBank Center unless otherwise indicated.