World Juniors: the United States team placed in quarantine, forfeit against Switzerland after several positive tests for COVID-19
The defending World Junior Championship gold medalist team USA have been placed in quarantine and will forfeit Tuesday’s Group B game against Switzerland after two players tested positive for COVID- 19, the IIHF announced on Tuesday. The team beat Slovakia 3-2 in their first Group B match on Sunday; Group B includes Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland.
The team’s quarantine status will be assessed at a later stage to determine whether they can play in the next preliminary round game, scheduled for Wednesday against Sweden, the IIHF said in a statement. The result of Tuesday’s game will be recorded as a 1-0 win for Switzerland by forfeit, according to IIHF rules. The Swedish team were not informed of the status of Wednesday’s game, a source said Athleticism.
Although the IIHF has the United States team in a “bubble,” it is not as strict as the actions taken by various sports in 2020; the team shares a hotel with several other teams at the tournament.
There will be another round of new tests to check for false positives, sources confirmed to athleticism.
“We are extremely disappointed, especially for our players,” General Manager John Vanbiesbrouck said in a statement issued on behalf of Team USA. “We operate in a constantly changing landscape and it is very difficult. We have followed tournament protocol from the start and will continue to do everything possible to ensure that our players have the opportunity to participate in the World Junior Championship.
In Sunday’s win, Blackhawks prospect Drew Commesso made 23 saves on 25 shots. The US team got goals from Matthew Knies, Mackie Samoskevich and Logan Slaggert. Team USA and Russia are tied with three points in Group B, behind Sweden, who have six points after winning their first two games.
The capacity of the World Junior Championships, which began Dec. 26, has been capped at 50% by the Government of Alberta due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. The world junior championships will be held in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta.
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