Matthews excels in U.S. win over Denmark at WJC

Aston Matthews, Sonny Milano and Colin White each recorded a goal and assist in USA's 4-1 win over Denmark on Thursday at the 2016 World Juniors.

HELSINKI — Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist to lead the United States to a 4-1 victory over Denmark on Thursday in the world junior hockey championship.

Matthews tied it at 1 in the first period, and Sonny Milano put the U.S. ahead in the second period. Matthews assisted on Colin White’s third-period goal, and Anders Bjork added a power-play goal.

The Americans finished second in Group A at 3-1-0. They’ll face the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.

Mathias Lassen scored for Denmark, set to play Group B winner Russia in the quarterfinals.

Sweden beat Canada 5-2 and won Group A at 4-0-0. Sweden will play Slovakia in the quarterfinals, and Canada will face Finland. Alexander Nylander and Gustav Forsling each had a goal and an assist for Sweden.

In Group B, Finland beat the Czech Republic 5-4, and Russia topped Slovakia 2-1 to finish 4-0-0.

Tournament scoring leader Jesse Puljujarvi scored twice for Finland. Artur Lauta and Yegor Rykov scored for Russia.

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