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Mittelstadt scores, Nylander a healthy scratch in pre-tournament exhibition

Sabres prospect Casey Mittelstadt had a goal and an assist in the United States’ 3-1 pre-tournament victory against Sweden in Erie, Pa.

Mittelstadt opened the scoring six minutes into the game, beating the Swedish goalie with a glove-side wrist shot on the power play.

Kailer Yamamoto scored the game winner, collecting a rebound following a Mittelstadt shot.

Fellow Sabres prospect Alex Nylander, loaned to Sweden for the World Junior Championships on Wednesday, was a healthy scratch.

North of the border, Canada handled Switzerland, 8-1, at the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, Ont.

Canada opened the scoring when Josh Mahura found Jordan Kyrou on a back-door pass through traffic in the center of the offensive zone.

Tyler Steenbergen made it 2-0 at the end of one period, taking advantage of a loose puck in the crease.

The game got away from the Swiss in the second, as Canada outscored Switzerland 4-1 in the middle frame thanks to goals from Sam Steel, Jake Bean, Drake Batherson and Dillon Dube.

Steenbergen’s scored his second goal in the third period, while Kale Clague closed out the scoring for Canada.

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