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World Juniors 2021: Crew USA scores, schedule, how you can watch

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After winning medals in four consecutive tournaments for the first time in the program's history, the United States left the 2020 IIHF Junior World Championship in the Czech Republic empty-handed. Last year's squad finished in a disappointing sixth place despite ending up in the top two in a tough Group B.

In 2021, the grouping won't get any easier, as Team USA will face Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Austria. It will be difficult for the Americans, who after their release because of a positive test for COVID-19 will do without the services of John Beecher and Thomas Bordeleau, to get to the top. (Beecher tested positive, although he has since tested negative, and Bordeleau was his roommate.)

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No longer viewed as an afterthought, the US is an established force on the world junior racing circuit and is expected to be medalists. The Americans own 12 medals (four gold, two silver, and six bronze medals), and head coach Nate Leaman built a highly skilled squad that was due to see another shiny medal on Jan. 5.

Everything you need to know about the tournament is here, including the ability to watch live matches in the US, as well as a full schedule with updated results and tables.

Team USA schedule and results at the World Juniors

The 2020 World Junior Championship format consists of two groups of five teams playing a preliminary round robin to determine the sowing, followed by an individual elimination tournament. The United States drew Group B, which also includes Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Austria.

date opponent Result TV info
25 December Russia 9:30 p.m. (NHLN, TSN)
December 26th Austria 9:30 p.m. (NHLN, TSN1 / 4/5)
December 29th Czech Republic 2 p.m. (NHLN, TSN)
December 31 Sweden 9:30 p.m. (NHLN, TSN)
January 2nd Quarter finals TBD (NHLN, TSN)
January 4th Semifinals TBD (NHLN, TSN)
January 5th Bronze / gold medal TBD (NHLN, TSN)

(All times east)

How to watch USA games live online

All games are played at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. Junior World Championship games are only available from the NHL Network in the US, which plans to televise each game for the first time. Stephen Nelson will provide play-by-play for every Team USA game and will be supported by analyst Dave Starman and reporter Jill Savage.

Team USA 2021 World Juniors squad

Ten players are returning from last year's roster, including netminders Spencer Knight and Dustin Wolf who offer one of the best 1-2 combos in the tournament. With a young defense ahead – Cam York is the only returner on the blue line – the two setbacks will be heavily dependent.

The forward group of USA Hockey is deep. Trevor Zegras, who led the team by nine assists in points last year, is returning, as is the team's top scorer Arthur Kaliyev (aka #ArtyParty). Canadian Cole Caufield will try to avenge a poor 2020 tournament in which he only collected one goal and one assist.

WORLD JUNIORS: Breakdown of prospects for all NHL teams

No. Surname position Hometown Club team NHL draft
9 Trevor Zegras Forward Bedford, N.Y. Signed NHL contract ANA (2019)
10 Matthew Beniers Forward Hingham, Mass. Michigan (Big Ten) 2021 draft
12 Matthew Boldy Forward Millis, Mass. Boston College (HE) MIN (2019)
13th Cole Caufield Forward Stevens Point, Wisc. Wisconsin (Big Ten) MTL (2019)
15th Alex Turcotte Forward Chicago, Ill. Signed NHL contract LAK (2019)
18th Brendan Brisson Forward Manhattan Beach, California Michigan (Big Ten) VGK (2020)
19th Patrick Moynihan Forward Millis, Mass. Providence (HE) NJD (2019)
21st Brett Berard Forward East Greenwich, R.I. Providence (HE) NYR (2020)
22nd Sam Colangelo Forward Stoneham, Mass. Northeast (HE) ANA (2020)
24 Bobby Brink Forward Minnetonka, Minn. Denver (NCHC) PHI (2019)
25th John Farinacci Forward Red Bank, N.J. Muskegon (USHL) ARI (2019)
26th Landon Slaggert Forward South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame (Big Ten) CHI (2020)
28 Arthur Kaliyev Forward Staten Island, N.Y. Hamilton (OHL) LAK (2019)
2 Drew Helleson defense Farmington, Minn. Boston College (HE) COL (2019)
3 Henry Thrun defense Southborough, Mass. Dubuque (USHL) ANA (2019)
4th Cam York defense Anaheim, California Michigan (Big Ten) PHI (2019)
5 Jackson LaCombe defense Eden Prairie, Minn. Minnesota (Big Ten) ANA (2019)
7th Tyler Kleven defense Fargo, N.D. North Dakota (NCHC) OTT (2020)
8th Jake Sanderson defense Whitefish, Mont. North Dakota (NCHC) OTT (2020)
11 Brock Faber defense Maple Grove, Minn. Minnesota (Big Ten) LAK (2020)
17th Hunter Skinner defense Pinckney, me. London (OHL) NYR (2019)
23 Ryan Johnson defense Irvine, California Minnesota (Big Ten) BUF (2019)
29 Logan stone goalkeeper Suwanee, Ga. Ferris State (WCHA) 2021 draft
30th Spencer Knight goalkeeper Darien, Conn. Boston College (HE) FLA (2019)
32 Dustin Wolf goalkeeper Gilroy, California. Everett (WHL) CGY (2019)

2021 Junior World Championship

GROUP A

team Wins losses OTL Points
1. Canada 0 0 0 0
2. Finland 0 0 0 0
3. Switzerland 0 0 0 0
4. Slovakia 0 0 0 0
5. Germany 0 0 0 0

GROUP B.

team Wins losses OTL Points
1. Russia 0 0 0 0
2. Sweden 0 0 0 0
3. USA 0 0 0 0
4. Czech Republic 0 0 0 0
5. Austria 0 0 0 0

Wins in regulation = 3 points
Overtime gain = 2 points
Loss of overtime = 1 point

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Full schedule for the 2021 Junior World Championship

(All times east)

FRIDAY, DEC. 25th
Switzerland versus Slovakia 2 p.m. TSN
Germany versus Finland 6 p.m. TSN
Russia versus USA 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
SATURDAY, DEC. 26th
Sweden versus Czech Republic 2 p.m. TSN
Germany versus Canada 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
USA versus Austria 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
SUNDAY, DEC. 27
Finland versus Switzerland 2 p.m. TSN
Slovakia versus Canada 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Czech Republic versus Russia 9:30 p.m. TSN
MONDAY, DEC. 28
Austria versus Sweden 6 p.m. TSN
Slovakia versus Germany 9:30 p.m. TSN
TUESDAY, DEC. 29
USA versus Czech Republic 2 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Canada versus Switzerland 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Austria versus Russia 9:30 p.m. TSN
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30th
Finland versus Slovakia 2 p.m. TSN
Switzerland versus Germany 6 p.m. TSN
Russia versus Sweden 9:30 p.m. TSN
THURSDAY, DEC. 31
Czech Republic versus Austria 2 p.m. TSN
Canada versus Finland 6 p.m. TSN
Sweden versus United States 9:30 p.m. TSN
SATURDAY, JAN. 2
Quarter finals 12 o'clock TSN, NHLN
Quarter finals 3:30 pm. TSN, NHLN
Quarter finals 19 o'clock TSN, NHLN
Quarter finals 10:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
MONDAY, JAN. 4th
Semifinals 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Semifinals 9:30 p.m. TSN 1/4/5, NHLN
SUNDAY, JAN. 5
Game for the bronze medal 17:30 TSN, NHLN
Gold medal game 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
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