In the first of the final two days of doubleheaders here at USA Hockey Arena, Canada will take on Sweden at 1 p.m. ET. Both teams are coming off losses to Finland and the U.S,. respectively. Following the conclusion of that game, the U.S. will take on Finland at 4 p.m. ET. This is the third time Finland will be meeting a U.S. squad after claiming a 3-2 win over USA White on July 27 and dropping a 7-1 loss to USA Blue on July 28. Both games can be viewed live on NHL Network in the U.S. and TSN in Canada.
In Wednesday night's 6-0 shutout win, Nick Robertson (TOR, '19, 2nd rd., 53rd overall) scored on an individual effort that drew awes from the crowd and found a place in that night's SportsCenter Top 10. The play started with Robertson forechecking on a Sweden defensemen at the Swedish blue line. As the defender curled to make a pass, Robertson poke-checked the puck and intercepted it, enabling him to skate in on goal uncontested before faking the goaltender to the right to create an opening on the left-side where he was able to slip the puck into an empty net. To watch the goal, check out the August 1 tab on the notebook.
Thursday was the first full off day for Team USA. The team did not have any practice or any competition. Instead, what they did was a team building activity. Not knowing what they were doing, they were told to show up to the rink where they then boarded the bus to head out and enjoy the sunshine. Heading a little bit away from Plymouth, the team floated down the river on kayaks and rafts.