Team Canada beats Team USA at the World Championship

Team USA will face Russia in the quarterfinals

Paul Hamilton
May 21, 2019 - 5:40 pm

Photo: Martin Rose - Getty Images

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(WGR 550) - Team USA finished group play on Tuesday at the World Championship losing to Canada 3-0. Sabres forward Jack Eichel was held off the scoresheet for the first time all tournament.

Eichel had his best chance on the power play, one timing one from the left circle. He also sent in James van Riemsdyk Phil. down the slot, but both attempts were stopped by Matt Murray Pitt. Murray made 28 saves to pick up his first shutout of the tournament. In four games, Murray has a 2.01 goals-against and .921 save percentage.

Sam Reinhart did not have a point in this game either. The Sabres winger played 16:37 and had two shots on goal. Eichel played 20:02 for Team USA and had three shots on goal.

This was easily Canada’s best game of the tournament. Forced turnovers led to all three of Canada’s goals.

It only took 1:49 to get the first goal. Mark Stone Veg. stole the puck along the wall and carried it behind the net. USA goalie Cory Schneider N.J. thought Stone was going to keep going, but he made a slick pass back out to Pierre-Luc Dubois Clm., who easily put it away.

Less than seven minutes later, van Riemsdyk turned it over at the blue line to Anthony Mantha Det. He set up Kyle Turris Nash. on a 2-on-1 and Canada had a two goal lead.

Jared McCann Pitt. closed out the scoring on Schneider, who made 33 saves. In five games, Schneider has a goals-against of 2.17 with a .924 save percentage.

Germany may have killed the Americans' medal chances by upsetting Finland, 4-2. That put the U.S. in fourth place in Group A, and now they have to cross over and play 7-0-0 Russia on Thursday. The Russians have scored 36 goals in the tournament and have only given up eight.

Canada won Group A and will play Switzerland on Thursday. Switzerland was 4-3-0 in round-robin play.

The other two quarterfinal games will be Finland against Sweden, and Germany against the Czech Republic.

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