KOSICE – One year ago the USA opened the 2010 IIHF World Championship with a 2-1 overtime loss to Germany. They weren’t about to get caught out on opening day this year.
It was close, and entertaining, in the early going but the USA put it away with a surge late in the second period that carried them to a 5-1 victory.
For two teams from living in different neighbourhoods in the hockey world - IIHF Official World Rankings had USA at 6 and Austria at 14 heading into the tournament – the first part of the game was closer than many expected. That said, the American team wasn’t taking anyone lightly.
“They’re a very resilient team and a very talented team”, said US forward Chris Kreider. “They put in a really good showing when we saw them in an exhibition game before the tournament so we weren’t surprised.”
“We saw them a couple of games ago [during pre-tournament action] and they seemed a little flatter,” said veteran Austrian defenceman Darcy Werenka. “But they came out here today and they were flying. The tempo was way higher.”
Forward Jack Skille
finished a minus-1 with five shots on goal and 10:14 of ice time. Defenseman Clay Wilson registered the first assist on the United States' third goal while posting a shot and plus-1 on 12:42 of ice time.FULL STORY