US beat Finland to reach junior hockey world semifinals

Published 9:28 am Monday, January 4, 2010

RPI star Jerry D’Amigo scored two goals, and St. Cloud State’s Mike Lee made 23 saves to help the United States beat Finland 6-2 on Saturday night for a spot in the world junior semifinals.

The United States will face Sweden in the second semifinal Sunday night. Five-time defending champion Canada will play Switzerland in the first semifinal. Switzerland beat Russia 3-2 in overtime in the first quarterfinal Saturday.

North Dakota’s Danny Kristo, Notre Dame’s Kyle Palmieri, Denver’s Matt Donovan and Boston College’s Chris Kreider also scored. Minnesota’s Jordan Schroeder had three assists to push his career points total in the event to a record 26, one more than former NHL star Jeremy Roenick’s previous mark.

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“Getting up 2-0 on that team kind of puts them back,” Schroeder said. “You don’t want to get down to those guys because it’s tough to comeback.”