Larkin nets winner in U.S.’s 3-1 win over Germany; next: Canada
Now it’s all about seeding position for the quarterfinal round for Team USA.
Red Wing Dylan Larkin’s goal halfway through the third period broke a tie and gave the United States a 3-1 win over Germany in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Kosice, Slovakia, on Sunday.
The U.S. has clinched a spot the top four in Group A as well as advancement to the quarterfinals on Thursday clinched. So all that remains for the U.S. – 4-1-0-1 after its fifth consecutive victory – in the preliminary round is a game against arch-rival Canada on Tuesday.
“This is where it gets fun,” said U.S. goalie Cory Schneider on the IIHF website. “Every game has been a different challenge, and we've learned some lessons along the way, but this is a game we had to have.
“It's 1-1 late in the third, we didn't buckle under the pressure or panic. We stuck with our game plan, and Larkin had a huge goal.”
Schneider made 24 saves.
James van Riemsdyk, who scored in the first period, sent a cross-ice pass to Larkin, who, from a tight angle, put the puck under the crossbar to give Team USA a 2-1 lead with 9:57 left in the third.
Jack Eichel added a power-play goal with 3:45 remaining.
Defenseman Alec Martinez (Rochester Hills) had two assists.
“Germany played a hard game,” said U.S. and Detroit coach Jeff Blashill on the USA Hockey Website. “We had to really grind out a win, and I give our guys credit. This is a hard tournament, harder than I think people realize. We got some real strong performances tonight from guys like (Ryan) Suter, Martinez, Larkin and van Riemsdyk. But I thought Jack Eichel really raised his game and played like he wasn’t going to be denied.”
The team will now get ready for Canada.
“It will be a good game,” Schneider said. “We've had some good tests and we're trying to build our game as the tournament goes. We're very familiar with a lot of their (Canada’s) players, and they play a similar style to us. There will be a lot on the line in terms of the seeding, so it will be an important game for both sides.”