The U.S. Junior Select Team defeated Switzerland, 7-0, to open the 2014 World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan Monday.
Goaltender Eric Schierhorn stopped 26 shots for the shutout, while Anthony Angello led the U.S. with four points. The Black Hawks are represented on the squad by Hayden Shaw, Tyler Sheehy, Tom Novak, and Brock Boeser.
“I thought we had a really good team effort tonight,” said Jay Varady, head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team. “We had a lot of contributors on offense and defense, as well as a great outing from our goaltender.”
Team USA controlled play through the first half of the opening period, netting its first goal at 11:13 on a tic-tac-toe play from Dakota Joshua to Mitch Reinke to Joe Snivley, who tapped the puck in at the side of the net for the 1-0 lead.
The U.S. won an offensive zone faceoff and picked up its second goal at 15:31 when Novak redirected the point-shot past the Swiss goaltender to make it 2-0.
At 6:41 of the second stanza, Angello skated the puck up ice and slid it cross-ice to Andrew Oglevie who finished the play for the 3-0 lead. Just 1:44 later, Shane Gersich took a breakout pass from Blake Hillman near center ice, carried the puck along the left wing and beat the opposing goaltender with wide angle shot to make it 4-0.
The U.S. made it 5-0 shortly after its man advantage expired with 5:49 left in the second period. On the play, Boeser chipped in the puck near the goalmouth.
The U.S. extended its lead, with less than three minutes into the third frame, when Oglevie took advantage of a Swiss turnover for his second goal of the night. At 13:31, Angello cashed in on the power play for his lone goal of the game, giving Team USA the 7-0 lead.
Team USA is back in action Tuesday against Canada East. Puck drop is at 3:30 p.m.