A hot start from Minnesota’s Jordan Schroeder has helped the United States under-20 national team to a 2-0 record at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ottawa, Canada.
Schroeder, a freshman forward for the Golden Gophers, is the tournament’s leading scorer through two games with three goals and four assists. He totaled two goals and an assist and was named Team USA’s player of the game in Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Czech Republic that was played in front of a tournament-record crowd of 19,847 at Scotiabank Place. The performance came just two days after notching a goal and three assists to spark the Americans in an 8-2 win over Germany.
Schroeder’s seven points are tied for the tournament lead with Canada’s John Tavares, who has four goals and three assists. Last season, Schroeder had a tournament-best seven assists in six games played.
Schroeder is one of three current Minnesota players competing for team USA. Sophomore forward Mike Hoeffel and sophomore defenseman Cade Fairchild are also playing in Ottawa. Hoeffel earned an assist in the win over Germany, while Fairchild is part of a defense that has held its first two opponents to 1-for-16 on the power play. Former Gopher Jim O’Brien is also playing with the national team and had an assist against Germany.
Team USA continues play on Tuesday against Kazakhstan and Wednesday against Canada. Both games will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will air live on the NHL Network.