Competition Notes: Canada Vs. United States (May 23)
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Following a disappointing curtain-raiser, Canada’s national men’s team continues their run in the opening round of the 2021 IIHF World Championships and seeks to advance again against the United States on Sunday.
The last match of each team
Despite having a 38-shootout performance better than the Latvian gold medalist Matisse Quilnix, Canada suffered a rare shutout loss, dropping 2-0 to match hosts. It was Canada’s first defeat in 13 matches against Latvia in tournament history. Goalkeeper Darcy Kuember made 15 saves, but his team failed to record a score. This is the seventh time Canadians have not scored in a single game since NHL players entered the tournament in 1977.
The Americans challenged the gold medalists in their opening match, but only scored a power-play goal by Jason Robertson and fell 2-1 to Finland. Cal Peterson made 27 saves for the United States, aiming for 30 shots against the Finns for 29.
The last meeting between the two teams
The last clash between the North American rivals was in the final match of the 2019 World Preliminary Round.Pierre-Luke Dubois and Kyle Touris reached the goal in the first nine minutes, which gave them an adequate, cohesive lead. Jared McCann second term. Matt Murray blocked all 28 shots on goal for him, with Canada winning 3-0.
Canada finished first in Group A and left Slovakia with a silver medal, beating the Americans 4-3 in a close match against Russia in the quarterfinals to finish seventh.
Who will contribute to the attack on Canada? Connor Brown, who has scored 21 goals in 56 games with the Ottawa Senators this season, and Justin Danford have scored 23 times in the KHL with Podolk Vidyas. However, despite 38 shots on goal against Latvia, the chances of a quality score in the offensive zone are slim.
The unknown has certainly something to do with it – the Canadian team had only three training sessions before their debut, and most players have never played together before. However, the short duration of the IIHF World Championships takes some time to improve.
As always in the Canada-United States battle at the Worlds, there are many experienced players from the NHL (and the University Round), and a handful of team players compete on the international stage.
Ducks de Anaheim – Comtois (CAN), Henrik (CAN), Stolers (USA)
Coyotes de l Arizona – Bunting (CAN), Garland (USA), Hill (CAN), Kumber (CAN)
Sabers de Buffalo – Miller (CAN), Thompson (USA)
Flames de Calgary – Maggie (USA), Mangiabane (CAN)
Blue Jackets de Columbus – Danford (CAN), Foudy (CAN), Robinson (USA)
Kings de Los Angeles – Anderson-Dolan (CAN), Moore (USA), Peterson (USA), Roy (USA), Vilardi (CAN), Walker (CAN), Volan (USA)
Sharks de San Jose – Kmelevsky (USA), Donato (USA), Ferro (Kane), Lapang (USA)
University of Michigan – Beniers (USA), Power (CAN)
self check up
As competition between neighbors at the Olympic Winter Games and the IIHF World Junior Championships intensifies in recent years, these levels in the history of the IIHF World Championships are in favor of Canadians.
Canada has won 41 of the 47 games since 1931 and lost only two games in control: 4-3 in the opening round in 1985, and 4-1 in the medal game. Bronze in 2018. The latter are the most recent clashes in a total of four games in the playoffs: Canada defeated the United States in the quarterfinals in 1995, the Americans won 4-3 in extra time in 2001, and Ryan Ellis signed the winning goal early in the third period.
To give his team a 4-3 victory in the hard-fought semifinals in 2016.
All-time record: Canada leads 41-6 (USA leads 4-1 in Brool or VG) Goals for Canada: 235 goals for USA: 92