World Junior Championship roundup: United States wins, earns top seed in Group B

McGroarty has hat trick against Slovakia; Sweden loses in shootout, clinches top spot in Group A © Adam Ihse /TT News Agency via AP Sunday is the sixth day of the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship, which is being held at Scandinavium and Frolundaborg in Gothenburg, Sweden. Day 6 games United States 10, Slovakia 2 — Rutger McGroarty, who was selected by the Winnipeg Jets with the No. 14 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, had a hat trick for the United States, which earned the top seed in Group B in Frolundaborg. Gavin Brindley (Columbus Blue Jackets) had two goals and an assist, Isaac Howard (Tampa Bay Lightning) scored twice, Cutter Gauthier (Philadelphia Flyers) had a goal and two assists, Zeev Buium had a goal and an assist, and Lane Hutson (Montreal Canadiens) had three assists for the United States (3-1-0-0). Trey Augustine (Detroit Red Wings) made 38 saves in his return to the U.S. lineup after missing a 4-3 shootout win against Czechia on Friday due to an illness. The U.S., which was without forward Jimmy Snuggerud (illness) against Slovakia, outscored the opposition 29-9 in four preliminary-round games. “It was huge for Rutger and Cutter to score their first goals (of the tournament), especially with Jimmy not in the lineup,” U.S. coach David Carle said. “To score 10 without [Snuggerud] was big and there’s no doubt we need scoring throughout our lineup. That’s how you win single elimination tournaments.” The U.S. is 15-0-0-5 with one tie in 21 games against Slovakia at the World Junior Championship. Samuel Urban allowed seven goals on 33 shots before being relieved by Rastislav Elias (eight saves) in the third period for Slovakia (3-0-0-1), which is the second seed in Group B. Slovakia was without starting goalie Adam Gajan (Chicago Blackhawks) for […]

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