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Americans Get Two Late Goals To Defeat Switzerland

After falling behind 2-1 going into the final frame, the Americans used two late goals to defeat the Swiss.

Braeden Tkachuk starts off the meaningful games of the IIHF U18 World Junior Championships on a good note, notching 3 assists on the night.

Team USA would get started on the right note in the rounds that matter, as they would defeat Switzerland by a final score of 4-2. One of the players who would have a fantastic night for themselves would be Braeden Tkachuk, as he would finish the night with three assists.

The Americans would get things started 51 seconds into the first period, as Michael Pastujov would find the back of the net, as Tkachuk would get his first assist of the afternoon, with Josh Norris getting the secondary assist.

Following the first period, Switzerland would find their legs as they would get an equalizing tally from top prospect Nico Hischier, with the lone assist coming from Nico Gross (the Nico twins connecting!). Shortly after the equalizing tally, the Americans would get themselves into penalty trouble and the Swiss would take full advantage. Nicolas Muller would tally a powerplay goal for the Swiss, with assists coming from Stephane Patry and Justin Sigrist.

Shortly after, the Americans would get the equalizer as David Farrance would wire a shot past Swiss goaltender Akira Schmid. Tkachuk would get his second assist of the night, with Evan Barratt also notching a point on the goal.

In the final frame, the Americans would wake up and score two goals a minute apart from each other. The first goal would come from Josh Norris, with assists from Michael Pastujov and Tkachuk. The second goal would come from Jacob Tortora, with assists from Sean Dhooghe, and Phillip Kemp.

With the victory, the Americans are set to take on Sweden in the semi-finals on Saturday, April 22nd with puck drop at 7:30pm (19:30 GMT+2).