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U.S. Takes On Canada in Game 2 of Men's Worlds

By USA Hockey, 05/23/21, 2:15AM EDT


Puck drop slated for 1:15 p.m. ET live on NHL Network

The U.S. and Canada are facing off in IIHF Men's World Championship play for the 48th time. All-time, the U.S. is 2-4-1-40-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) against the Canadians. The last meeting between the two teams came at the 2019 event where Canada skated to a 3-0 preliminary-round win. The year prior, the U.S. defeated Canada twice (5-4, SOW prelim; 4-1 bronze-medal game) to not only win back-to-back meetings for the first time, but also to defeat Canada twice in a single IIHF Men's World Championship. 

Last night, Cal Petersen made 27 saves and Jason Robertson scored the first U.S. goal of the tournament, but the U.S. fell to Finland, 2-1. Overall, head coach Jack Capuano was pleased with Team USA's effort, stating, "I thought the guys played really well given the short time we’ve spent together so far. We did a lot of good things, but their goalie played well and we couldn’t capitalize on our chances. There’s a lot of good things we can look at as we turn our attention here toward Canada tomorrow." For the full game recap, click here.


Tonight's game will feature a slew of players and staff members facing off against teammates who spent the 2020-21 season in the same organization each other.
   Anaheim Ducks (3): Maxime Comtois (CAN), Adam Henrique (CAN), Anthony Stolarz (USA)
   Arizona Coyotes (4): Michael Bunting (CAN), Darcy Kuemper (CAN), Conor Garland (USA), Adin Hill (CAN)
   Buffalo Sabres (2): Colin Miller (CAN), Tage Thompson (USA)
   Columbus Blue Jackets (4): Adam Clendening (USA), Justin Danforth (CAN), Liam Foudy (CAN), Jamie Healy (USA-equipment).
   Los Angeles Kings (9): Jaret Anderson-Dolan (CAN), Dana Bryson (USA-equipment), Jon Gomez (USA-media), Trevor Moore (USA), Cal Petersen (USA), Matt Roy (USA), Gabe Vilardi (CAN), Sean Walker (CAN), Christian Wolanin (USA).
   Ottawa Senators (6): Jack Capuano (USA-head coach), Jacob Bernard-Docker (CAN), Connor Brown (CAN), Mike King (USA-video), Nick Paul (CAN), Christian Wolanin (USA)*.
   San Jose Sharks (4): Sasha Chmelevski (USA), Ryan Donato (USA), Mario Ferraro (CAN), Kevin
   Univ. of Michigan (2): Matty Beniers (USA), Owen Powers (CAN)
   *Traded in-season

U.S. forward Jason Robertson has skated in eight international games between the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship (silver) and yesterday's opening game here in Latvia. In those eight outings, the Dallas Stars forward has tallied two goals -- coincidentally both against Finland. As Robertson recalled during last night's postgame availability, his first goal in 2019 (4-1, USA win) came with a five-hole tally off a breakaway, not too differently from last night's goal.

Due to COVID protocols, Team USA has gone back to traditional ways of team bonding with a card table, a ping pong table and an Xbox area at the hotel ... Kevin Rooney celebrated his 28th birthday just two days ago (May 21) here in Riga ... Connor Mackey arrived in Latvia yesterday but is still in tournament-mandated quarantine before being able to join Team USA ... 10 players are making their debut in an IIHF world championship here in Latvia, including Colin Blackwell, Brian Boyle, Conor Garland, Connor Mackey, Trevor Moore, Eric Robinson, Kevin Rooney, Matt Roy, Ryan Shea and Matt Tennyson.

Since the 2016 IIHF Men's World Championship, the U.S. has taken part in nine back-to-back's, registering an overall record of 12-2-0-4 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in those outings, which includes a 7-1-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record in the second game. Here is a breakdown of Team USA's back-to-back outings since 2016 (most recent to oldest):

Year Date Opponent Result
2019 MWC May 18 Denmark W, 7-1
2019 MWC May 19 Germany W, 3-1
2019 MWC May 12 France W, 7-1
2019 MWC May 13 Finland OTW, 3-2
2018 MWC May 19 Sweden L, 0-6
2018 MWC May 20 Canada W, 4-1
2018 MWC May 4 Canada SOW, 5-4
2018 MWC May 5 Denmark W, 4-0
2017 MWC May 13 Latvia W, 5-3
2017 MWC May 14 Slovakia W, 6-1
2017 MWC May 7 Denmark W, 7-2
2017 MWC May 8 Sweden W, 4-3
2016 MWC May 21 Canada L, 3-4
2016 MWC May 22 Russia L, 2-7
2016 MWC May 12 France W, 4-0
2016 MWC May 13 Hungary W, 5-1
2016 MWC May 6 Canada L, 1-5
2016 MWC May 7 Belarus W, 6-3



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