U.S. defeats Swiss, off to World Junior semifinals

The United States has earned a bye into the IIHF World Junior Championship semifinals after getting a 2-1 win over Switzerland Friday night at HSBC Arena.

Jack Campbell made 25 saves and Chris Kreider (Boston College) and Mitch Callahan scored for Team USA.

Switzerland actually opened the scoring early in the first period, but Kreider answered at 10:15 of the opening frame and then Callahan tallied the game-winner at 13:53 of the second period.

Ryan Bourque was named player of the game for the United States.

Swiss goalie Benjamin Conz finished with 40 saves in the loss.

Team USA finishes in first place in Group A with a 3-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record, guaranteeing a spot in the semifinal round. The U.S. will face the winner of the quarterfinal match-up between Canada and Switzerland on Monday at 7:30 p.m. EST.

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