Editors Note: The IIHF on Wednesday canceled the remainder of the 2022 World Juniors tournament, citing the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. The announcement was made with preliminary games already in progress after a player on the Russian National Team tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test forced a third forfeited game in just two days compromising the sportive integrity of the event.
UPDATE: The USA vs. Switzerland game scheduled for Tuesday was canceled due to two American players testing positive for COVID-19. Switzerland won by forfeit.
The United States opened group play of the 2022 World Junior Championships with a 3-2 win over Slovakia on Sunday, while Sweden beat Russia 6-3, meaning Sweden and the U.S. are tied atop Group B after Day 1 of competition.
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Team USA jumped out to a 3-0 lead before giving up two goals in the third as Slovakia tried to mount a late comeback. Of note, nine different players for Team USA recorded points in the win, including Mackie Samoskevich, who scored the second goal and Matty Beniers who was one of two players to assist on the goal as well.
Beniers, one of the few returners on Team USA this season, totaled three points in seven games last year, as the United States won a gold medal.
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Group play continues during the week for the United States as they’ll take on Switzerland, which opens its tournament Monday against Russia. Due to the coronavirus pandemic last season, there was no relegation, but Switzerland finished last in Group A, going 0-4 with a -15 goal differential, second-worst in the entire tournament.
The Swiss last played for a medal in 2019, when they lost the bronze medal game and finished fourth and last took home a medal when they won bronze in 1998. This year, Team Switzerland only has two NHL draftees on it, with the highest being fourth-rounder Brian Zanetti.
Sporting News has everything you need to watch Team USA continue on in the group stage of the 2022 World Junior Championships.
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There’ll be familiar faces on the call for each Team USA game by the time the tournament ends. The tournament, which will be carried by NHL Network in its entirety in the states, will feature Stephen Nelson as the play-by-play voice for every game and he’ll be accompanied by Dave Starman as the analyst while Jon Rosen serves as the reporter.
TSN will carry all of the games in Canada.
USA vs. Switzerland, scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET, was canceled due to two positive COVID-19 tests for the United States.
Fans who can’t watch on TV or don’t have cable can stream the tournament in the US on fuboTV (7-day free trial), on the NHL App or at NHL.tv.
In Canada, fans can stream the game on the TSN app or at TSN.ca.
The United States is a heavy -2500 betting favorite to beat Switzerland in their preliminary game, according to Sports Interaction.
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