Tyler Kleven, Team USA open World Juniors with dominant victory – Grand Forks Herald

EDMONTON — Eight months after the World Junior Championship was supposed to take place, it finally got underway Tuesday in Edmonton.

The defending United States champion had no problem with his first opponent.

The Americans outshot Germany 50-11 and easily secured a 5-1 win in their opener of the sparsely attended summer event.

Michigan defenseman Luke Hughes, Minnesota forward Logan Cooley, Notre Dame forward Landon Slaggert, Miami forward Red Savage and Providence forward Riley Duran scored for the Americans, while the Colorado College Kaiden Mbereko stopped 10 shots in front of the net.

Fighting Hawks defenseman Tyler Kleven, who hopes to join Jonathan Toews as the only UND player with two gold medals in the under-20 event, played 16 minutes, 44 seconds and recorded a differential plus-2.

Kleven was paired alongside fellow National Collegiate Hockey Conference blueliner Jack Peart of St. Cloud State.

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The U.S. will face Switzerland at 9 p.m. Thursday in pool. They also have pool matches scheduled against Austria at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and against Sweden at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The quarter-finals will take place on Wednesday August 17. The semi-finals are scheduled for Friday, August 19. The medal games will take place on Saturday August 20.

The United States played the last drink on Wednesday. In other matches, Finland beat Latvia 6-1 and Czechia beat Slovakia 5-4. In the Czech Republic-Slovakia game, first-year Omaha goaltender Simon Latkoczy of Slovakia stopped 47 of 52 shots in net.

The Americans have won five gold medals at the World Junior Championships – 2021, 2017, 2013, 2010 and 2004.

Former UND defender Jake Sanderson was supposed to be the captain of the USA World Junior Team for the event originally scheduled for December and January, but he was unable to participate in this tournament because he signed with the Ottawa Senators and is preparing for the 2022-23 season. NHL season.

Tuesday — USA 5, Germany 1
Thursday – USA vs. Switzerland, 9 p.m. Central
Saturday — United States vs. Austria, 1 p.m. Central
Sunday — United States vs. Sweden, 9 p.m. Central
All games are televised on NHL Network

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