America is back in the medals at the World Junior Hockey Championships.
After failing to crack the top-three in consecutive years, Team USA returned on Tuesday with an 8-3 whipping of Sweden in the bronze medal game at the 2016 World Juniors.
As the scoreline suggests, it was a dominant performance. Anders Bjork (Boston), Matthew Tkachuk (’16 draft eligible) and Ryan Donato (Boston) each scored twice for the U.S., while Nick Schmaltz (Chicago) added three assists.
Christian Dvorak (Arizona) and Ryan MacInnis (Arizona) also had a pair of points each.
All told, the Americans’ disappointment in not playing for gold should be mitigated by their overall performance in this tourney.
The team suffered just two losses in Finland, and avenged one of them — a 1-0 defeat to the Swedes in the preliminary round — with a convincing effort today.
The Americans also defeated rival Canada 4-2 in the opening round, and exploded offensively on three occasions: Tuesday’s win over the Swedes, a 7-0 defeat of the Czechs in the quarterfinal and a 10-1 pounding of Switzerland in the prelims.