U.S. in must-win situation

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Rob Schremp would like to see his team play a full 60 minutes at the world junior championship and figures there is no better time than tonight.

The U.S. blew a 2-0 lead in the third period last night against Switzerland, winding up in a 2-2 tie and putting itself in a must-win situation tonight against Canada.

If the U.S. is victorious, it will win Group A and advance to the semi-finals. If it loses to Canada or ties, it will have to play in a quarter-final.

"We have a tie and two wins, so I can't wait until we put our full potential together and play a full 60 minutes," Schremp, a star with the London Knights, said. "It is always good to have some adversity going into a huge game like Canada. I think we are ready and we are anxious. (Tonight) is the big game."

Geoff Paukovich and the Owen Sound Attack's Bobby Ryan scored for the U.S. Eric Blum scored at 7:53 of the third before Mattias Joggi tied the game with less than six minutes left during a two-man Swiss power play.

Schremp and Phil Kessel are just two explosive American forwards. They will have to contend with a worthy cast of Canadian defencemen, but that did not seem to worry Schremp.

"Playing against (defenceman Ryan) Parent and guys like that, I have seen them, and you know, it's not like it is Bobby Orr or anything," Schremp said. "We will get around it. We have good forwards."

The Americans were seen as the favourite going into the tournament but after crushing Norway, they barely beat Finland before tying the Swiss last night.

"We want to earn that and not be given it before the tournament," Schremp said. "We want to earn our spot as a No. 1 team in this tournament."

It is expected Cory Schneider will start in goal, but coach Walt Kyle also could go with Jeff Frazee.


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