The U.S. Junior Select Team has begun the World Junior A Challenge on a high note, defeating Switzerland by a score of 7-0 on Monday.

The Americans started off with a beautiful goal 11:13 into the first. The play all started when Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Dakota Joshua sent the puck to Mitch Reinke, who saucered it off to Joe Snivley to finish off the tic-tac-toe play. Thomas Novak made it 2-0 four minutes later when he managed to tip the shot from the point, doubling their lead heading into the first intermission.

Anthony Angello finished the game with a team high four points, and his second assist of the contest came six minutes into the second frame. His work would not go unnoticed, as he sent the puck to Andrew Oglevie, who scored after his teammates hard charge up the ice for the 3-0 goal. Just 1:44 after that, Blake Hillman sent the puck to Shane Gersich, who received the breakout pass before scoring on Swiss goalie Daniel Muff from a tough angle to make it 4-0.

The U.S. made it 5-0 with just six minutes to go in the second. Brock Boeser gave his team the enormous lead with a shot just in front of the net, finishing off the period of dominance for the country. Oglevie added his second goal of the game early in the third period, while Angello finished of his great performance with his first goal and fourth point of the night, making it 7-0 USA. The onslaught would eventually stop at seven goals, giving the Americans their first win of the tournament and leaving Switzerland with a 1-1 record after the preliminary round.

USA will now face Canada East at 4:30pm EST on Tuesday to finish off the preliminary round for both teams.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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