( Courtesy of @usahockey Twitter)

By Joey Lizotte | Follow me @lizotte_joey

Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman returned to action with Team USA at the 2022 IIHF Men’s World Championship Prelims. Coming off of a tough end to the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Swayman ended his first full NHL season with a 2.41 GAA and a .914 SV%. Swayman certainly provided a spark for the B’s after game two and got them back in the series, only limiting Carolina to 4 goals in games three and four vs the Bruins nine. Unfortunately, home-ice advantage is huge in the playoffs and now Swayman has time to represent the USA.

Swayman recorded a 17-save shutout to help the U.S. defeat Great Britain. New York Islanders forward Kieffer Bellows also recorded two power-play goals to put a cap on it. In the third period, the U.S. came out firing quickly to go up 2-0. On the power play, Ottawa Senators forward and Braintree Mass native, Adam Gaudette, picked up a loose puck and wheeled around the net only for the puck to pop right onto Bellows’ stick for him to bury it. Bellows then netted his second power-play goal about three minutes later with an absolute snipe glove side. The U.S. settled in defensively for the rest of the game and made it hard for Great Britain to generate scoring chances which aided Swayman with the shutout

The U.S. returns to game action on Saturday against Sweden at 12:20 p.m. (5:20 a.m. ET) and can be seen live on NHL Network.