ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Nick Foligno (Buffalo, N.Y.) scored twice and added an assist to lead the U.S. Men’s National Team to a 5-1 victory against Hungary in a preliminary-round matchup here today at the International Ice Hockey Men’s World Championship. Team USA set a new U.S. tournament record for fewest shots allowed in a game by limiting Hungary to eight shots on goal.
"It was an important three points for us to get today against a very well-coached team," said John Hynes, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team. "We'll take tomorrow off after playing back-to-back games and get ready for our game against Germany on Sunday."
The U.S. had a full two minutes of five-on-three power play time in the back half of the opening period. While Team USA had a series of chances in close, Hungary netminder Adam Vay turned away every U.S. attempt.
The first period was scoreless despite the U.S. outshooting Hungary, 15-1.
Foligno fired a shot into the top corner of the net with the U.S. on a power play at 4:37 of the second period after a long up-ice pass from Chris Wideman (St. Louis, Mo.) to make it 1-0. Just :18 later, Hudson Fasching (Apple Valley, Minn.) sent a pass to Vinnie Hinostroza (Bartlett, Ill.), who buried a one-timer from the right faceoff dot to double the U.S. lead to 2-0.
Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) made it 3-0 when he skated into the Hungary zone below the goal line and banked the puck off the back of Vay at 14:12 of the middle period.
With 7:53 to play in the game, Foligno intercepted the puck at the Hungary blue line, skated in alone and snapped a shot from the high slot for his second tally of the game.
Connor Murphy (Dublin, Ohio) made it 5-0 just 3:13 later as he took a shot from the right point that trickled in between Vay’s pads after deflecting off a Hungary defender in front. Foligno and Pat Maroon (St. Louis, Mo.) were credited with assists on the play.
A power-play goal by Hungary’s Istvan Sofron with 2:01 left to play accounted for the 5-1 final.
Team USA (3-0-0-2-0, W-OTW-OTL-L-T) will play its sixth of seven preliminary round games at 9:15 a.m. ET on Sunday (May 15) against Germany. The game will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra and air on a delayed basis on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET that day.
NOTES: Nick Foligno was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... Keith Kinkaid (Farmingville, N.Y.) made seven saves in the win, while Vay stopped 32 ... The U.S. outshot Hungary, 37-8. For complete game statistics, click here ... Today’s game was only the second ever meeting between the two teams at a IIHF Men's World Championship. The first meeting was in 1939, a 3-0 U.S. victory ... Dylan Larkin extended his point streak to four games, while Auston Matthews and Frank Vetrano saw their point streaks end at three games.
|May 3||Finland (exhibition)||L, 2-3 OT|
|May 6||Canada||L, 1-5|
|May 7||Belarus||W, 6-3|
|May 9||Finland||L, 2-3|
|May 12||France||W, 4-0|
|May 13||Hungary||W, 5-1|
|May 15||Germany||L, 2-3|
|May 17||Slovakia||L, 2-3 OT|
|May 19||Czech Republic (quarterfinal)||W, 2-1 SO|
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Tag(s): 2016 World Championship