The Flames have two players participating in the 2017 IIHF World Championship with Johnny Gaudreau representing the USA and Chad Johnson playing for Canada. The Americans picked up their fourth win at the tournament on Saturday, defeating Latvia, while Canada fell in overtime to Switzerland.
LATVIA 3, USA 5
Gaudreau scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the USA's 5-3 win over Latvia. The winger now has six points in five skates at the World Championship.
Latvia jumped out to a 3-1 lead, with goals from Teodors Blugers, Kaspars Daugavins and Oskars Cibulskis, but the USA battled back to tie the game by the end of the second period with markers from JT Compher, Nick Bjugstad and Gaudreau. Andrew Copp scored the game-winning goal early in the third period and Dylan Larkin added an empty-net tally with under two minutes remaining in regulation.
With the win, the Americans hold a 4-1 record and sit second in Group A with 12 points. The USA will play their sixth preliminary round game on Sunday when they face off against Slovakia.
CANADA 2, SWITZERLAND 3
Johnson backed up Calvin Pickard in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to Switzerland. Johnson has a 2-0 record with a 2.00 GAA and a .895 save percentage in the preliminary round.
Ryan O'Reilly and Mitch Marner gave Canada an early 2-0 lead but third period goals from Fabrice Herzog and Vincent Praplan pushed the game into overtime. Herzog netted the game-winner at 3:40 of the extra frame, handing the Canadians their first loss at the tournament.
The Canadians are now 4-1 and sit first in Group B with 13 points. Canada's next game is on Monday when they take on Norway.