Johnson leads U.S. Juniors past Latvia
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – The Spokane Chiefs’ Tyler Johnson (Liberty Lake) had one goal and one assist and was named player of the game as the U.S. National Junior Team defeated Latvia 12-1 at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.
Chris Kreider scored three times and three other U.S. players notched two goals each, as the U.S. team improved to 3-0-0-0 and clinched a quarterfinal berth with one game remaining in the preliminary round.The U.S. jumped out to a 1-0 lead 3 minutes into the game when Danny Kristo’s wrist shot beat Latvia goalie Janis Kalnins to the glove side. Following a Jason Zucker tip-in goal, Kristo potted his second of the game for Team USA’s first of five power-play goals on the night.
Johnson completed the opening period’s scoring with a backhand tally at 19:38 for a 6-0 U.S. lead.The Americans play Canada on Thursday.
The Canadians defeated Slovakia 8-2 Tuesday night behind Taylor Hall’s hat trick.
The Czech Republic defeated Austria and Sweden downed Russia in the other games.