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Team USA Tops Korea, 13-1, For Fifth-Straight Win at 2018 MWC

05/11/2018, 2:30pm EDT
By USA Hockey.com

U.S. Meets Norway in Final Prelim Game Sunday (May 13) at 10:15 a.m. ET

HERNING, Denmark -- Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Charlie McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y.) each registered five points and 15 others added at least one point as the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team earned a 13-1 victory over Korea in preliminary round play of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship.

“We saw contributions from all four lines tonight and now find ourselves in a good spot after five games,” said Jeff Blashill, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team. “The most important game is the next one, so we’ll look to continue improving as we get set for Norway.”

The United States (3-2-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) is back in acton Sunday (May 13) when it takes on Norway. Puck drop is set for 4:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) live on NHL Network.

Korea opened the scoring when Jin Hui Ahn converted a rebound attempt on the power play 5:23 into the game.

Anders Lee (Edina, Minn.) evened the score 3:02 later when he batted home a bouncing puck off an initial pass from Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.). Johnny Gaudreau (Salem, N.J.) started the play by dishing the puck to Larkin, who skated in on goal before finding Lee in the slot whose first effort bounced up before he was able to bat a second try into goal.

Kane doubled Team USA’s lead with 7:04 left in the period when he took a pass and fired a wrist shot into the top right corner. Just 33 seconds later, McAvoy netted his first of the game when Kane found him at the left hashmark for a one-timer goal.

With 44 seconds to play in the opening period, McAvoy notched his second of the game off assists from Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.) and Larkin to bring the score to 4-1 entering the first intermission.

The middle frame saw the U.S. extend its lead to 8-1 with a four-goal effort. Derek Ryan (Spokane, Wash.) opened the scoring shorthanded 3:42 into the frame. Less than four minutes later, Blake Coleman (Plano, Texas) beat Dalton with a wrist shot from the slot before Kane tallied his second power-play goal of the game 1:35 later. Cam Atkinson (Riverside, Conn.) accounted for the final U.S. goal of the frame by beating Korea’s netminder Sungje Park with another power-play goal with 7:42 to play in the period.

The United States connected five more times in the third period to bring the final score to 13-1. Tage Thompson (Milford, Conn.) connected 5:09 into the frame before Atkinson tallied his second of the night 1:05 later. After Neal Pionk (Hermantown, Minn.) scored near the midway point of the period, Ryan converted on the power play with 8:20 to play. With 1:10 remaining in regulation, Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.) redirected Team USA’s final goal of the game.

Scott Darling (Lemont, Ill.) finished with 12 saves on 13 shots to account for the win.

NOTES: Charlie McAvoy, who arrived in Herning this morning, was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... For the complete game stats, click here ... Presenting tonight's Player of the Game awards was John Johannson, older brother of the late Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of USA Hockey and general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, who passed away in his sleep at his home in Colorado Springs on Jan. 21 ... Nick Bonino (Hartford, Conn./Nashville Predators) was added to the U.S. Men's National Team roster earlier today to finalize the roster at 25 players. For the complete roster, click here ... Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings) is serving as head coach for the second straight year ... The staff and players of the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by Bill Zito (Columbus Blue Jackets), general manager of the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team, along with members of the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group that includes Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), David Poile (Nashville Predators), Ray Shero (New Jersey Devils), Dale Tallon (Florida Panthers), and Jeff Gorton (New York Rangers) ... For complete coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team, visit teamusa.usahockey.com/2018mensworlds … The official online home of the 2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship is 2018.IIHFWorlds.com … The U.S. has finished in the top four of the world championship in three of the last five years ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams ... NHL Network is the exclusive U.S. rightsholder for the tournament. 

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U.S. Schedule

Date Opponent Round Time (Local/ET)/Result Location
Tues., May 1 Denmark Exhibition W, 3-2 KVIK Hockey Arena
Herning, Denmark
Fri., May 4 Canada Preliminary W, 5-4 (SO) Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sat., May 5 Denmark Preliminary W, 4-0 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Mon., May 7 Germany Preliminary W, 3-0 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Thurs., May 10 Latvia Preliminary W, 3-2 (OT) Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Fri., May 11 Korea Preliminary W, 13-1 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sun., May 13 Norway Preliminary W, 9-3 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Tues., May 15 Finland Preliminary L, 2-6 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Thurs., May 17 Czech Republic Quarterfinals W, 3-2 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sat., May 19 Sweden Semifinals L, 0-6 Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark
Sun., May 20 Canada Bronze-Medal Game W, 4-1 Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark

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