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Closing Out Preliminary Play With Wins

by Patrick McGrath / Florida Panthers

In their last games of the preliminary round at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, both the United States and Canada went out on a winning note, solidifying their spots in the upcoming quarterfinals. 

Drew Shore scored a shorthanded goal for the United States (4-1-0-2) as they managed to come out on top 5-4 in a back-and-forth game against Germany. The Canadians (5-1-1-0) wrapped up the top spot in Group A with their 3-2 win over Norway.


With their 5-4 win in the preliminary round finale against Germany, the US brought their point total to 14, putting themselves tentatively in second place in Group B. With 12 points, host country, Belarus, could leapfrog the US for the second spot with a win over Russia in their game later today.

After a scoreless first period, the teams each struck for three goals in the second period. The US took leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 but the Germans answered back each time. Drew Shore scored the Americans second goal 7:18 into the second, a beautiful shorthanded tally in which he deked out a German defender before beating the netminder for his first goal of the tournament. In the third period, the US received goals from Johnny Gaudreau and Justin Abdelkader to go up 5-3. The Germans would score once more with 1:57 remaining to cut the lead in half but the US buckled down defensively to prevent any more scoring and skate away with the win.

“It was a good pass," Shore told following the win. "Here on the bigger ice surface there is a lot of time to make a move so I as able to work it low and get it past the goaltender's five hole."

In addition to the shorthanded goal, Shore recorded two shots on 12:16 of ice time. Jimmy Hayes recorded three shots on 10:44 of ice time while Vincent Trocheck had two shots on 9:53 of ice time. With their position in Group B still undecided, the US will wait to find out who they will play in the quarterfinals, which will be held on Thursday.



With the 3-2 win over Norway, the Canadians wrapped up their tournament on a six-game winning streak and locked up the top spot in Group A. Jonathan Huberdeau added an assist in the win, stretching his point streak to five games (1-4-5).

Norway jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first despite being outshot 15-5 by the Canadians. Joel Ward scored on the powerplay in the second to even the score but Norway would retake the lead with a tally 12:16 into the second. Mark Scheifele evened the score once again for the Red and White with his goal with 3:35 remaining in the second and the game entered the final period tied 2-2. Ward notched his second power play goal of the game for the game winner 10:43 into the third. Huberdeau helped set up Ward’s sixth of the tournament. The Canadians, who heavily outpossessed and outshot Norway, were able to kill off the rest of the game, preventing Norway from scoring the equalizer.

Huerdeau finished the game with the assist, one shot on net and 17:33 of ice time. Erik Gudbranson recorded one shot on 7:48 of ice time. As the top team in Group A, the Canadians will face the fourth place team from Group B, which will be either Finland or Latvia.


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