US beats Slovakia 5-2 in world juniors, into semifinals

  • United States' John Farinacci (25) celebrates his goal on Slovakia goalie Simon Latkoczy (30) during the second period of an IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) JASON FRANSON

  • United States' Henry Thrun (3), Ryan Johnson (23), Brett Berard (21), John Farinacci (25) and Landon Slaggert (26) celebrate a goal against Slovakia during the second period of an IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) JASON FRANSON

  • United States' Matthew Boldy (12) reacts as the puck go in past Slovakia goalie Simon Latkoczy (30) during the second period of an IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) JASON FRANSON

  • United States' Landon Slaggert (26) is stopped by Slovakia goalie Simon Latkoczy (30) during the first period of an IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) JASON FRANSON

  • United States' John Farinacci (25) celebrates his goal as Slovakia's Roman Faith (9) looks on during the third period of an IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) JASON FRANSON

  • United States' John Farinacci (25) scores a goal against Slovakia during the third period of an IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) JASON FRANSON

  • Sweden's goalie Hugo Alnefelt (30) is scored on by Finland's Roni Hirvonen (22) during the third period of an IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) JASON FRANSON

  • Finland celebrates the win over Sweden after an IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) JASON FRANSON

  • Sweden's Albin Sundsvik (29) looks on as Finland celebrates a goal during the third period of an IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) JASON FRANSON

  • Sweden's Noel Gunler (28) reacts after the loss to Finland after an IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) JASON FRANSON

  • Canada's Dylan Holloway (10) checks Czech Republic's David Jiricek (8) during the second period of an IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) JASON FRANSON

  • Canada players celebrates a goal against the Czech Republic during the first period of an IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) JASON FRANSON

  • Russia players celebrates the win over Germany during an IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship game in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) JASON FRANSON

Published: 1/3/2021 3:18:10 PM

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — John Farinacci scored twice, Spencer Knight made 16 saves and the United States beat Slovakia 5-2 on Saturday night in the world junior championship quarterfinals.

The Americans will face Finland in the semifinals Monday night. Defending champion Canada will play Russia in the other semifinal. In the other quarterfinals, Finland beat Sweden 3-2 on a late goal, Canada topped the Czech Republic 3-0, and Russia beat Germany 2-1.

Knight extended the United States’ shutout streak to a tournament-record 218 minutes, 53 seconds before Matej Kaslik broke through with 1:28 left in the second period to cut it to 3-1. After an opening 5-3 loss to Russia, the Americans beat Austria 11-0, the Czech Republic 7-0 and Sweden 4-0 to win Group B.

Arthur Kaliyev, Cole Caufield and Matthew Beniers also scored for the United States. Trevor Zegras had two assists to push his tournament-leading points total to 15. The Boston University star has six goals — one behind Canada’s Dylan Cozens — and an event-high nine assists.

Kaliyev scored on a power play midway through the first period, Farinacci connected on deflection midway through the second, and Caufield added a power-play goal with 3:31 left in the period.

Dominik Sojka pulled Slovakia to 3-2 on a power play with 10:10 left in the third, and Farinacci restored the two-goal margin with a wraparound with 4:14 to go. Beniers had an empty-netter.

Simon Latkoczy made 38 saves for Slovakia.

Finland overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Sweden, tying it on Anton Lundell’s power-play goal with 8:56 left and winning on Roni Hirvonen’s wraparound with 25 seconds to go.

Henri Nikkanen pulled Finland within one in the second period, and Kari Piiroinen made 22 saves. Lucas Raymond and Elmer Soderblom had first-period goals for Sweden.

Devon Levi made 29 saves for Canada to shut out the Czech Republic. Cozens had a goal and an assist to push his points total to 13, and Bowen Byram and Connor McMichael also scored.

In the first quarterfinal, Vasili Ponomaryov and Danil Bashkirov scored and Yaroslav Askarov made 18 saves in Russia’s victory over Germany. Florian Elias scored for Germany.




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