TAMPERE, Finland – The U.S. Men’s National Team is back in action today to face Austria in its second preliminary round game of the 2022 IIHF Men’s World Championship. Opening faceoff is set for 4:20 p.m. (9:20 a.m. ET) and NHL Network will televise the game live.
“It will be another good test for us,” said David Quinn, head coach of Team USA. “Our guys know the importance of the game and it’ll be important we come out of the gate strong and make sure we’re focused on playing our game.”
Team USA is coming off a 4-1 tournament-opening win against Latvia on Friday. with points from nine different players and 24 saves from netminder Strauss Mann. Captain Seth Jones had a goal and an assist in the contest for his sixth multi-point game in his men’s world championship career. Jones has played in two previous men’s world championships, including in 2014 when he was named the top defensemen in the tournament at age 19.
The U.S. and Austria meet in the world championship for the first time since 2013. The game, played on May 4, took place at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki and was highlighted by a two-goal effort from defensemen Erik Johnson. Team USA has won 11 of the previous 13 meetings between the two squads.
Austria played yesterday at 12:20 p.m. in its first game of the world championship and dropped a tight 3-1 decision to Sweden.
Today’s game is the first of back-to-back contests for the U.S., which will face host Finland tomorrow at 8:20 p.m. (1:20 p.m. ET).