The Americans may have struggled at many points throughout the game, but they still managed to take down the Swedes thanks to a 6-4 victory on Sunday.
The Swedes put one in first. Four minutes in, after some tremendous back and forth action between the two teams, 2016 draft eligible forward Carl Grundstrom beat Luke Opilka with a rebound off of an original shot by Jacob Larsson for the 1-0 lead. A minute later, however, Clayton Keller, a favourite to go in the top ten at the 2016 NHL Draft, fired a quick shot towards the net and slid the puck underneath Felix Sandstrom, tying the game up at one.
With under seven minutes to go in the middle frame, the Americans would take their first lead of the game. This time, it was Boston Universtiy commit Charlie McAvoy who would beat Sandstrom, getting the goal while the Americans had the man advantage.
Three minutes later, the Swedes would answer back to spark a quick flurry of goals between the two teams. On Sweden’s own PP, Joel Eriksson’s shot proved to be too much for Opilka, who allowed the goal to tie the game up.
Just over a minute later, the Americans would once again score to take the lead. With the Americans hungrier than ever, Colin White skated in and ripped one home from the top of the right circle after taking a pass from Jeremy Bracco, who had two assists in the second period alone. The Swedes weren’t so fond of heading into the third period down a goal, so they added a late one of their own to tie the game up at three apiece.
America’s big guns came out to play in the third. Three minutes into the final period, Clayton Keller, a supreme young talent with an incredible Zach Parise-esque skill set, beat Sandstrom for the 4-3 goal, a lead that would last for about seven minutes. At that point, Swedish captain Rasmus Asplund, who is considered to be a top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft, tied the game up at four to tie the game up once again.
Unfortunately for the Swedes, their luck would end there. Just a minute later, 2016 draft star Auston Matthews did what he does best by scoring late in the game for get his third goal in as many games, winning the game in the process. Chad Krys would add an empty netter with a second left, helping his team take the 6-4 victory and improve to 2-1 after three games of action.
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