UNITED STATES (4) VS. FRANCE (0)
Team USA shutout France 4-0 on Thursday at the Yubileiny Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.
It took 34:23 of game action for the United States to find the back of the net, and after that the Americans really surged. They registered three second-period tallies in a mere 5:32, stunning France with a commanding lead.
Team USA registered its fourth marker just 1:19 into the final frame to seal the victory.
American forward JT Compher scored his first marker of the tournament, burying a short-side shot from the faceoff circle to cap off the three-goal surge in the middle frame. Compher finished the match with the goal, two shots and a plus-1 rating through 15:32 of ice time.
“I think our line played really well today,” Compher told USA Hockey after the win. “I think that we’re starting to gain a little bit of chemistry together.”
The United States (2-0-0-2) takes on Hungary (0-0-0-4) on Friday in its second back-to-back set of the preliminary round.
CANADA (5) VS. GERMANY (2)
Not to be outdone in Group B, Canada regained its first-place designation with a 5-2 triumph over Germany at the Yubileiny Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday.
The Canadians struck early in the first period, with Taylor Hall converting simply 3:54 into the match. Canada scored again early in the second, but the Germans pushed back with two tallies of their own to tie the game.
The final frame belonged to the Canadians, however. Three more markers proved more than enough to keep Germany from mounting another comeback.
Canada forward Matt Duchene found himself on the scoresheet again after assisting on Corey Perry’s power-play goal in the second period. Duchene finished the contest with the assist, two shots and a plus-1 rating through 18:05 of playing time—second on the team to only Conor McDavid.
Duchene ranks ninth in the tournament field with six points (two goals, four assists) in just four games. He’s tied for second on Team Canada in points (six).
The Canadians (4-0-0-0) take on Slovakia (2-0-0-2) on Saturday.
CZECH REPUBLIC (7) VS. NORWAY (0)
Thursday featured a tough outing for Norway, which fell 7-0 to the Group A leading Czech Republic at the Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia.
The Czechs got on the board just 5:11 into the contest and ended up finding twine twice more in the opening frame. The pattern continued in the second stanza, as they converted 2:10 in and added another three to secure the 7-0 decision with 20 minutes left to play.
Norwegian forward Andreas Martinsen finished the match with four shots on goal and 17 minutes of ice time—good for second among team forwards.
Norway (1-1-0-2) returns to action on Saturday with a game against Sweden (2-1-0-1).