IIHF World Championships - Day 2
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Erik Johnson scored two goals in the game to lift the US to a 5-3 win over Austria.
Austria jumped out to an early lead as the US turned over the puck in their own zone. Manuel Latusa was there to pick up the loose puck to beat Ben Bishop short side giving Austria a 1-0 lead.
Forty-seconds later, Daniel Welser was streaking in from the left side as he jumped on the rebound to put it into the wide open net, to extend Austria’s lead, 2-0.
Midway through the first, the US went on the game’s first powerplay as Gregor Baumgartner was called for slashing.
From the point, Justin Faulk released the puck through traffic, which was stopped by Bernhard Starkbaum but David Moss was there on the doorstep to bang in the loose puck to pull the US within one.
Early in the second, Thomas Vanek went on the breakaway and tried to go short side but Bishop made the pad save to keep the score within one.
A few minutes later, Nick Bjugstad made a pass to Erik Johnson and from the point, beat Starkbaum five-hole to tie the game at two a piece.
The US continued to put pressure in Austria’s zone as Faulk threw the puck on the net but Starkbaum was able make the save. The rebound landed in front to Tim Stappleton, who was able to put it into the wide-open net to give the US their first lead of the game.
Shortly after, Danny Kristo made a cross-ice pass to Aaron Palushaj, and with the one-timer from the point, blast one past Starkbaum to extend the US lead, 4-2.
Austria was able to pull within one as the puck was turned over giving David Schuller the breakaway chance. Schuller went five hole as the puck trickled through Bishop’s leg and across the line.
With four minutes left in the second, Thomas Hundertpfund was called for a high-sticking penalty to send the US on their third powerplay chance.
Jamie McBain made a pass to Johnson and from the top of the faceoff dot, got his second goal of the game as he beat Starkbaum short side. The US regained their two-goal lead as they head into the third.
In the third, Moss was all-alone in front in the high slot but was stopped by Starkbaum.
It was scoreless in the third period as the US hung onto their two-goal lead to defeat Austria, 5-3.
Jeff Petry was pointless in the game and had 12:59 of ice time.
The USA will face Latvia on Sunday for game two of their round-robin tournament. Puck drop is at 11:15 A.M. (MT).
CANADA 3 vs. DENMARK 1
Matt Duchene led the scoring for Team Canada as they go on to win 3-1 against Denmark.
In the opening minutes of the first period, Canada draws the first penalty in the game as Eric Staal was called for slashing.
On the ensuing powerplay, Morten Green opened the scoring for Denmark as skated all-alone right up the middle to backhand it in over the shoulder of Devan Dubnyk.
With two minutes left in the first, Canada goes on the powerplay as Oliver Lauridesen was called for high-sticking.
On the blue line, Andrew Ladd was trying to set up a play but ended up turning the puck over in the neutral zone to give Denmark a two-on-one chance.
Dubnyk came up huge as he made two big saves to keep the score within one.
Early in the second, Claude Giroux gets called for tripping as Denmark goes on their second powerplay in the game.
In the dying seconds of the powerplay, Morten Madsen had the wide open net but finds the post.
Midway through the second, Matt Duchene started the play behind the net and circled in front to backhand it in pass Simon Nielson to tie the game at one.
Shortly after, Jesper B Jensen was called for slashing as Canada goes on their fourth powerplay opportunity.
Justin Schultz was able to keep the puck in the zone before dumping it in deep. Behind the net, Claude Giroux made a pass to Steven Stamkos, who was in front and was able to put the puck past a sprawling Nielson to give Canada their first lead in the game.
Halfway through the third, Canada extends their lead as Duchene scored his second of the night. He fought off two Danish players in the neutral zone to then make a pass to Jordan Eberle. He was able to get a shot off but the rebound bounced right to Duchene who had the wide open net to give Canada a 3-1 lead.
Canada hung onto the 3-1 lead as they go on to win game one against Denmark.
In the first game of the tournament and on his 27th birthday, Dubnyk recorded the win and made 24 saves with a 0.960 save percentage.
Jordan Eberle had two assists in the game with one shot on net, 13:01 of ice time and a plus-2 rating.
Taylor Hall and Justin Schultz were both pointless in the game but Hall recorded one shot on net with 11:46 of ice time, while Schultz had 15:02 of ice time.
Canada will face Switzerland on Sunday and puck drop will be at 8:15 A.M. (MT).
SWEDEN 2 vs. CZECH REPUBLIC 1
The Czech Republic drop their first game of the tournament as they loss a close 2-1 to Sweden on Saturday.
Midway through the first, just as the powerplay expires, Martin Thornberg from behind the net finds a wide-open Jimmie Ericcson to beat Salak on the short side, giving Sweden a 1-0 lead.
Sweden almost goes up two goals to none but Simon Hjalmarsson misses the wide-open net.
In the final minutes of the first, the Czech Republic were on the powerplay but gave up two turnovers in their own zone. Sweden was unable to capitalize as Salak made two huge saves to keep the game within one.
Early in the second period, Joel Lundqvist keeps the puck along the boards and made a pass to Henrik Tallinger. From the blue line, Tallinger beats Salak with the one timer to put Sweden up, 2-0.
A few minutes later, the Czech Republic go on their second powerplay opportunity as Calle Jarnikrok is called for hooking.
On the ensuing powerplay, Jiri Hudler in front re-directs Jakub Voracek shot through Jhonas Enroth’s five-hole to pull the Czech Republic within one.
As the horn sounds for the end of the second, a fight ensued between both benches with Sweden drawing a charging penalty.
The Czech Republic began the third period on the powerplay and from the point, Ladislav Smid let the shot go but was stopped by Enroth.
Late in the third, Dick Axelsson goes on the partial breakaway but was stopped by Salak.
In the final minute of play, the Czech Republic pull their goalie for the extra skater while Tallinder received two minutes for checking to the head and a game misconduct giving them a six-on-four powerplay opportunity. They were unable to capitalize as the Czech Republic drop their second game, 2-1 to Sweden.
Smid was pointless in the game, had one shot on net and 22:42 of ice time in the loss. He was also chosen as the Best Player of the Game, which was selected by his team.
Czech Republic will have Sunday off to regroup as they begin preparations for their matchup against Switerland on Monday. Puck drop is at 8:15 A.M. (MT).
-- Wendy Mach, edmontonoilers.com