Team USA looked for it’s 2nd straight victory Sunday night, after coming off a nice win against the #1 ranked college team in the nation, Boston University. USA would take on a rather weak Germany team, so people expected a one sided affair, even if Jack Eichel was scratched for the Americans.
This game started out rather slow. It was quiet for a while with just strong US play in the opposing zone. Then USA was woken up by a very nice JT Compher goal. Compher, a Michigan University student, came in from the wing with speed, and was able to bring the puck into the slot and put it in the back of the net. 1-0 USA. Assists credited to Downing and DeAngelo.
The clock was winding down in the 1st period, and the Americans were pressuring the Germans late. Another Michigan player would strike, this time it was Tyler Motte. Team USA was able to get the puck on net and get the late goal. USA was dominating Germany early as the held the Germans to just 6 shots in the first, while they put up 18. 2-0 USA, end of 2, assists to Fasching and Larkin.
Team Germany was able to find themselves on the powerplay a couple of times thus far into the game, but were unable to convert on either chance. USA had a terrific game defensively and really shut down Germany offensively. This would be bad for the Germans, as Miles Wood put in a great pass from Jeremy Bracco. 3-0 USA. Bracco’s pass was crisp and on the ice when Wood picked it up. Some would say Jeremy Bracco is a bubble player for USA, and he really changed people’s view of him with this play.
The next goal for Team USA came from a third member of the Michigan hockey squad, and 2015 NHL draft prospect, Zach Werenski. This goal was started by Werenski, and it ended with Werenski. He dangles a couple of German defenders and just blows one by the German goalie. 4-0 USA. Unassisted
The end of the 2nd period came, and the 3rd period started up. Germany got another chance on the PP, and this time they took advantage. 4-1 USA. Then later, Germany found themselves on the powerplay again, and scored their 2nd of the game, and 2nd on the PP. 4-2 USA.
Finally Anthony Louis would put the dagger in the Germans. Louis made something out of nothing, as he came off the boards to the slot, to put USA up 5-2, which would be the final.
Another solid game for Team USA. They showed composure without their starters in (aka Jack Eichel, Sonny Milano). USA next takes on the Swedes in a prelim game before the real deal.