KINGSTON, Ontario — Alex Tuch (Boston College) tallied a hat trick, while Tyler Motte (Michigan) and Auston Matthews each scored twice to lead the U.S. National Junior Team to a 10-5 victory over Sweden Tuesday night in the final pre-tournament game for both teams prior to the IIHF World Junior Championship.
Sonny Milano added five assists for the U.S. and goaltenders Thatcher Demko (Boston College) and Brandon Halverson combined to make 20 saves.
“We generated some offense and that was certainly great to see,” said Team USA coach Mark Osiecki in a news release. “We have some things to work on, but I like our group as we head into the World Juniors.”
The U.S. opens the World Juniors this Friday in Montreal against Finland at 3 p.m. EDT.