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WCJ: Lane Hutson earns three points in U.S. thrashing
Today marks the conclusion of the final day of the group stage at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The first match on the program today was between the USA and Slovakia.

The winner of the match would go on to win Group B.

It was expected to be a close game, which it was for almost two periods, but then the U.S. exploded for seven unanswered goals to win 10-2.

The Montreal Canadiens’ hopefuls Filip Mesar for Slovakia and Lane Hutson for the United States were obviously under scrutiny.

Mesar scored his first goal of the tournament to cut the deficit to one late in the second period.

It was a superb shot on the power play.

This brings his tally to seven points (one goal and six assists) from four games in the tournament.

As for Hutson, well, of the USA’s ten goals, he managed to get three assists.

The first was an assist on the third U.S. goal, an incredible solo play by Gavin Brindley.

Hutson’s other two points came much later, on the USA’s last two goals, the ninth and tenth.

Three secondary passes for Hutson in the USA’s thaw against Slovakia.

Hutson also stood out physically, yes, yes.

He knocked down a troublesome opponent in front of Trey Augustine’s net.

And finally, as everyone knows, Hutson is capable of the best and the worst, as evidenced by this turnaround at Filip Mesar’s expense.

Hutson also looked bad on this sequence.

All in all, Hutson didn’t have an impressive game, but he made a discreet contribution to his team’s success.

He has three assists in four games at the tournament so far.

Getting back to the Slovakian side, it really seemed that their number one goalkeeper, Adam Gajan, wasn’t in uniform.

We wanted to rest him, but let’s just say it would have been a tighter game if he’d been in front of the net.

In short, this match really shows that you can never predict how a game will turn out.

Slovakia had beaten the Czech Republic 6-2, while the USA had barely beaten the Czechs in a shootout.

We were therefore expecting a close match between Slovakia and the USA, but this was not the case.

As for Canada, they’ll be in action later today at 1:30 p.m. against Germany.

In a gust

– When a coach has an altercation with one of his players on the bench.

– Bad news for the Wild: Filip Gustavsson injured.

– Indeed.

– To be continued.

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