For the second time in three years the Americans will take home a bronze medal from the World Hockey Championship.
Nick Bonino, Trevor Lewis and Charlie Coyle had the goals.
Connor Hellebuyck made 39 saves for the shutout as the Americans defeated the Czech Republic 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The Czech Republic had plenty of opportunities to solve Hellebuyck including a four-minute power play in the second period.
The hosts also out-shot the Americans 16-1 in the third, but could not find the back of the net.
Bonino scored the eventual game-winner at 7:14 of the first period putting home the rebound off of Brock Nelson’s shot for his second goal of the tournament.
Ondrej Pavelec made 13 saves in the loss.
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Projected as the No. 2 overall selection at next month’s NHL Draft, Jack Eichel showed why he’s so highly touted on Sunday at the World Hockey Championship.
With the Americans already up 1-0, Eichel won the puck battle against Petr Caslava before setting up Trevor Lewis for the game’s second goal.
Eichel now has two goals and five assists in 10 games at the tournament.
Brock Nelson scored twice and added an assist as the U.S. defeated Slovenia 3-1 on Sunday at the World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.
Jack Eichel had the other goal for the Americans while Trevor Lewis assisted on all three goals.
Winnipeg Jets’ prospect Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves in the win.
The U.S. improves to 5-0-1 in the preliminary round with one game remaining and have booked a spot in the quarterfinal with the win.
Ales Music had the lone Slovenian goal while Robert Kristan made 14 saves.
The loss relegates Slovenia to the second division.
The Americans conclude preliminary round play on Tuesday against the host Czech Republic. With a win on Tuesday, the U.S. can secure top spot in Group B.
It took three games, but Jack Eichel now has his first point at the 2015 World Hockey Championships.
Eichel, the Boston University standout projected to be the No. 2 overall pick at this June’s draft, registered an assist on Trevor Lewis’ opening tally as the U.S. jumped out to a 1-0 lead over Russia in today’s group action:
The tournament’s been an adjustment for Eichel thus far, as it’s the first time he’s played with professionals. He played 14:47 in the first game — a 5-1 win over Finland — but finished with a minus-1 rating and two PIM. In the U.S.’s second game, a 2-1 win over Norway, Eichel received more ice time (18:12) but took a pair of minor penalties.
Unlike Team Canada, the United States’ preliminary roster for the for the 2015 World Hockey Championships doesn’t feature star power up front, but the team’s defense is shaping up nicely.
Jake Gardiner, Justin Faulk, and Torey Krug were among the 15 players on USA Hockey’s initial list. The American squad will also contain a fair amount of NCAA talent, including Hobey Baker finalist Mike Reilly. Meanwhile, Mark Arcobello will play for his fifth team since the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
Here is Team USA’s roster so far:
Goal: Alex Lyon
Defense: Faulk, Gardiner, Krug, John Moore, Connor Murphy, Reilly
Forwards: Arcobello, Matt Hendricks, Dylan Larkin, Trevor Lewis, Jeremy Morin, Steve Moses, Dan Sexton, Ben Smith
The tournament will run from May 1-17.