-- Flames Prospect, Bill Arnold
was named one of the top three players of the tournament for Team USA, following the 2-1 relegation round victory against Switzerland.
“It’s definitely an honour cause I mean you go through our whole roster and any guy could have been picked for that,” said Arnold. “I owe it to those guys, without their help on the ice you don’t get individual success.”
All three goals were scored in the opening frame, with goaltending taking center stage for the remaining 40 minutes. Swiss netminder, Tim Wolf was tested 42 times, turning away 40.
Jack Campbell earned the win off 21 saves, earning him the accolades of most career wins amongst American goaltenders at the World Junior Championship. Overall his three-year record at the WJC is 8-2-1-3 over 14 appearances.
Though Arnold had to modify his tournament expectations after falling to the relegation round, he is satisfied to finish the tournament with a pair of wins.
“Its definitely nice. You want to get the win for the guys in the room and for your country. I think we finished stronger than we started and that’s always what you want to do.”
Team USA defeated Latvia 12-2 in their first game of relegation play on Tuesday. While he would have liked to be playing on Saddledome ice under better circumstances, he enjoyed the overall experience.
“It was great, it was a lot of fun. The fans up here are great and just being in Calgary, it’s a fun place.”
Other players named as top in the tournament with their respective teams were Jarred Tinordi and Austin Czarnik of the United States. For Switzerland it was Tim Wolf, Joel Vermin and Gaetan Haas. The Americans finished the tournament with three wins and three losses.Author: Avery Buye