U.S. advances in world junior hockey tourney

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U.S. advances in world junior hockey tourney

REGINA, Saskatchewan - Jack Campbell made 22 saves to ensure the United States remained unbeaten at the world junior hockey championship with a 3-0 victory over Switzerland on Sunday.

Chris Kreider, Matt Donovan and A.J. Jenks scored for the Americans (2-0), who opened the tournament with an equally impressive 7-3 win over Slovakia on Saturday. Benjamin Conz made 46 saves for Switzerland (0-1).

“He played great. I was getting a little nervous there,” Campbell said. “It was one of those games where the other goalie is standing on his head while I didn’t get too many shots. ... We were lucky to bury a few on him in the end.”

With a partisan crowd behind them, the Swiss were the stronger team in the opening period, generating more scoring chances than the Americans. Sven Ryser had a chance to put Switzerland ahead, but was denied by Campbell on a partial breakaway with six minutes remaining.

“Obviously it’s very disappointing. We were really close,” Swiss captain Luca Sbisa said. “I think we showed a lot of positives tonight. If we had put one or two in it would have been a different game.”

The next game for the United States is Tuesday against Latvia. Switzerland faces five-time defending champion Canada on Monday. Canada was a 16-0 winner over Latvia on Saturday.

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