Canada reigns: Sunday notes

At Worlds, the surprising win over the Czechs turned out to be the only surprise the United States had: We’re No. 4. Frankie Vatrano scored both goals in a 7-2 loss to Russia for the bronze. The good news is that the U.S. has finished third or fourth in three of the past four years (sixth in the other year) and done it with younger teams. The bad news is apparently we can’t win this thing by accident even once.

Canada won gold for the second year in a row, topping Mikko Koskinen and the Finns 2-0. Just a first-period Connor McDavid goal against Koskinen, who made 31 saves; a last-second empty-netter ended it. Shutout for Cam Talbot; fun McDavid fact.

  Team GP G-A-Pts PIM +/- SOG
Nino Niederreiter SUI 7 3-3-6 2 +6 30
Brock Nelson USA 6 1-3-4 2 E 16
Johan Sundstrom  SWE 7 1-1-2 6 -5 12
Tomas Marcinko SVK 7 1-1-2 2 -6 7
Ville Pokka FIN 10 0-2-2 0 +5 9
  Team MP Rec GA Svs GAA SP
Ilya Sorokin RUS 75:40 1-0 0 36 0.00 1.000
Mikko Koskinen  FIN 479:01 7-1 9 160 1.13 .947


Lake Erie won Game 1 last night in Ontario after the Reign came back from 3-1 down to tie it. Game 2 is late tonight in California, and the series moves to Cleveland on Tuesday.

Michael Fornabaio