Staff USA Downs Latvia, 4-1, in Preliminary Spherical Opener

Team USA Downs Latvia, 4-1, in Preliminary Round Opener

The U.S. acquired on the board at 7:11 after Andrew Peeke (Parkland, Fla.) despatched a shot in direction of the web that pin-balled off the stick of Bellows  after which the skate of Riley Barber (Pittsburgh, Pa.) previous Latvian goaltender Elvis Merzlinkins.

Staff USA upped its result in 2-0 at 10:18 on the facility play after Jones ripped a one-timer from the face-off dot after a dish from Nate Schmidt (St. Cloud, Minn.). Alex Galchenyuk (Milwaukee, Wis.) additionally drew an help on the play.

One other particular groups objective for the U.S. adopted, nonetheless, this time shorthanded. Jones picked up a free puck within the defensive zone which generated a two-on-one with Thomas Bordeleau (Houston, Texas) by his facet. Jones chipped a backhand go to Bordeleau who stretched out and despatched a backhand shot from the objective line which squeezed in at 11:36.

Latvia seemed to get on the board as time was winding down, however Mann made a pair of saves with lower than :30 to go to maintain it 3-0.

Sam Lafferty (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) skated via the Latvian protection and wristed one within the far facet nook simply :33 into the center body to increase the U.S. lead. 

Latvia’s greatest likelihood within the body got here with a tick over 5 minutes left with a fast shot on the doorstep, however Mann blocked it apart. 

Staff USA killed the primary leg of the five-on-three energy play that began off the interval, however Latvia took benefit of the additional skater and acquired one on the board early within the third.

Mann was examined moments later with a free puck and several other our bodies in entrance of the crease, however was capable of freeze the puck.

Latvia managed a lot of the third interval and led in photographs midway via, 10-2, however couldn’t remedy Mann, who completed with 24 saves within the contest.

NOTES: Seth Jones (Frisco, Texas) was named U.S. Participant of the Recreation… The U.S. outshot Latvia, 29-25… Every group was 1-for-4 on the facility play… 9 U.S. gamers made their IIHF debut at present… For extra details about the 2022 IIHF Males’s World Championship, click on right here.