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U.S. forfeits world junior sport towards Switzerland attributable to constructive COVID-19 exams

U.S. forfeits world junior game against Switzerland due to positive COVID-19 tests

The defending champion United States forfeited Tuesday’s sport towards Switzerland on the world junior males’s hockey championship as a result of two gamers examined constructive for COVID-19.

The American group was positioned in a mandated quarantine. The sport was scheduled to be performed Tuesday afternoon in Purple Deer, Alta., which is co-hosting the 2022 males’s under-20 match with Edmonton.

The sport can be recorded as a 1-0 win for Switzerland by forfeit in accordance with the foundations, the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) mentioned in a press release.

“We’re extraordinarily upset, particularly for our gamers,” U.S. junior group common supervisor John Vanbiesbrouck mentioned in a press release.

“We’re working in an ever-changing panorama and that is very difficult.

“We have adopted the match protocol from the outset and can proceed to do all the things we will to make sure our gamers have the chance to compete on the world junior championship.”

The U.S. group’s quarantine standing can be evaluated later to find out whether or not it might probably compete in its subsequent preliminary spherical sport towards Sweden on Wednesday, the IIHF mentioned.

The Individuals opened Pool B in Purple Deer with a 3-2 win over Slovakia. The U.S. defeated Canada 2-0 within the last of the 2021 junior match in Edmonton and the 2022 roster options six returning gamers from that group.

The IIHF cancelled six males’s and girls’s tournaments in January, together with the ladies’s under-18 world championship a second straight 12 months, due to considerations over COVID-19.

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Canada’s Justin Sourdif suspended 1 sport

Canadian ahead Justin Sourdif was suspended one sport Tuesday on the world junior males’s hockey championship due to an unlawful test.

Sourdif of Richmond, B.C., served the suspension Tuesday when Canada confronted Austria in a Pool A sport in Edmonton.

The Vancouver Giants ahead drove his shoulder into the top of Czech defenceman Jiri Tichacek within the third interval of Canada’s 6-3 win over Czechia to open the match Sunday.

Sourdif was given a minor penalty for interference.

“The disciplinary panel decided that as a result of Sourdif directed his left shoulder into the top of Tichacek when Tichacek was unable to anticipate impending contact, and since Sourdif’s actions resulted in a forceful contact with Tichacek’s head or neck space, Sourdif recklessly endangered Tichacek,” the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation mentioned Tuesday in a press release

“The disciplinary panel is of the opinion that the test was delivered late, that means Sourdif initiated contact properly after Tichacek launched the puck from his possession and subsequently had adequate time to change his trajectory beforehand.”

Sourdif can return to Canada’s lineup for Wednesday’s sport towards Germany.

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