Team USA hammered the Czech Republic 7-0 in the quarterfinals of the World Junior Championship, setting up a showdown and rematch against Canada at 3 a.m. Thursday morning.
Johnny Gaudreau had a hat trick, while defensemen Jacob Trouba and Seth Jones each had four assists.
Two days after sitting on the bench for an entire game, UND freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi returned to the lineup and was quite dynamic for the American squad. Grimaldi made plays on nearly every shift, highlighted by a steal and breakaway in the second period. His shot attempt was denied.
Grimaldi played on a line with Tyler Biggs and Vince Trocheck — a line that may stay in tact against Canada because of their play against the Czechs.
As the game wore on, Grimaldi started to get power-play time and nearly stuffed one home in the third period.