The Swedes were no match for the Americans during their semi-final contest, losing 4-1 to the tournament favourites.
Both teams came into the game hungry. USA already beat Sweden 6-3 earlier in the tournament and came in as favourites, but it would be the Swedes who got on the board first. Halfway through the first, Alexander Nylander, part of the famous hockey family that produced recent Leafs draft pick William, scored the first goal after some good passing between Pontus Karlsson and Adam Thilander. Four minutes later, however, Kailer Yamamoto gave America their first of the game after shooting an absolute laser beam past the Swedish defense and into the back of the net for the 1-1 goal.
Clayton Keller has been lights out all tournament and today was no exception. The Boston University Commit got his 11th point of the tournament after sending the puck to Anderson, who one-timed it home to make it 2-1 with 11 minutes left in the second.
USA began to run away with the came during the third. Halfway through the period, Luke Martin scored (Keller assisted) just nine seconds into a power-play chance, making it 3-1 Americans. Late in the third, Keller would get yet another point on yet another goal from Max Jones, scoring his sixth goal in five games during the tournament. The goal would be the final one, and while the score may have only been 4-1, it was truly a one-sided competition in favor of the Americans, who will move on to the finals on Saturday.
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