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Two assists for Samoskevich, another goal for Puutio at WJC

Switzerland v United States: Group B 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Lawrence Scott/Getty Images

Florida Panthers prospect Mackie Samoskevich collected two assists in the United States 7-1 romp over Switzerland at the 2022 World Junior Championship in Edmonton.

Samoskevich drew the primary assist on Carter Mazur’s power-play goal that opened the scoring 5:54 into the second period.

He picked up the secondary helper on Thomas Bordeleau’s power-play marker that put the Yanks up 6-1 1:57 into the final frame.

The 19-year-old logged 15:13 time on ice and finished the game with two shots on goal and an even rating. The Americans (2-0) will face Austria on Saturday.

Defenseman Kasper Puutio scored for the second straight game in Finland’s 4-3 shootout win over Czechia. Puutio lit the lamp 3:39 to the tie the score at two apiece. Puutio played 22:14 and finished the game with three shots on goal and a +1 rating.

Forward Jakub Kos logged 9:39 time on ice and finished with one shot on goal and an even rating for the Czechs, who fell to 1-1 in the tournament.

Today games

Austria vs Sweden (Jansson) 2 p.m. (NHL Network)

Slovakia vs Latvia (Vilmanis) 6 p.m. (NHL Network)