Team USA has won each of its first eight games in the world championship for the first time ever, including its third shutout of the tournament in Thursday’s quarterfinals – a 3-0 victory over Czechia. The U.S. hasn’t had three shutouts in a world championship since 1939.
“We continue to take steps toward our ultimate goal and we’re in for one heckuva challenge tomorrow against Germany,” said David Quinn, head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. “We were fortunate to beat them earlier in the tournament in what was probably our toughest game in the preliminary round. I’m confident our group will come ready to play and we’ll have to best at our best if we want to be successful.”
With third-period goals from Sean Farrell and Matt Coronato, Team USA rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the preliminary round to defeat Germany by a 3-2 count on May 15. The Germans are the only team to outshoot the U.S. in a game (32-26). The teams also met in a pre-tournament contest in Munich with the U.S. prevailing by a 6-3 count on May 9.
The semifinals have not been kind to the U.S. As a matter of fact, Team USA has been denied in its last 11 semifinal games, including a 4-3 loss to host Finland a year ago. The U.S. and Germany have met once previously in the semifinals with the U.S. gaining a 3-0 win in 1934.
T.J. Tynan has 11 points to lead the U.S. offense, including a goal and 10 assists. Tynan, who did not have a point in the first two games of the world championship, brings a six-game point streak into today’s semifinal tilt. He is second in the tournament, one point behind Czechia’s Dominik Kubalik.
Cutter Gauthier, who has fired a tournament-leading 51 shots on goal, is second in the world championship with seven goals. The Boston College product helped the U.S. to a bronze medal earlier this season in the IIHF World Junior Championship.
Team USA has the tournament’s top netminder statistically in Casey DeSmith who is 5-0 with a 1.19 goals against average and .950 save percentage.