U.S. defeats Great Britain 6-3; Kane sets tournament points mark
The United States faced a game Great Britain team on Wednesday but had too much firepower, despite an outstanding performance by British goaltender Ben Browns.
The U.S. won 6-3 at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Kosice, Slovakia.
Browns made 59 saves as Team USA had 65 shots, including a U.S. tournament-record 26 in the second period.
“What a crowd and a really fun environment to be a part of today,” U.S. and Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said on the USA Hockey website. “I thought Great Britain played extremely hard. We certainly need to be better, but we picked up three important points."
Team USA is 2-1-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L), good for eight points and second place in Group A. There are eight teams each in Group A and Group B. Each team plays each of the other teams in its group once, for a total of seven preliminary games.
The top four teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals, which are on May 23. The semifinals are May 25 and the gold- and bronze-medal games are on May 26.
Team USA next plays Denmark on Saturday morning at 6:15.
Captain Patrick Kane led the way for the U.S. on Wednesday with a goal and two assists.
“We made a couple of mistakes, a couple of turnovers on my part that ended up in the back of our net, so I have to be better in that regard,” Kane said on the IIHF website. “They had a better first period than we did, but we had good pushback in the last two periods.”
Kane set a new U.S. record for career points in Men’s World Championship play with 36 points (13 goals and 23 assists in 21 games), breaking the previous record of 33 held by Mark Johnson, who played in 62 World Championship games.
Kane’s U.S. teammates, Detroit’s Dylan Larkin (Waterford) and Johnny Gaudreau, are third and fourth, respectively, on the tournament career points list. Larkin has 32 points (eight goals and 24 assists in 41 games) and Gaudreau has 31 point (10 goals and 21 assists in 30 games).
Neither one had a point on Wednesday.
Chris Krieder and Derek Ryan added had a goal and an assist each, and James Van Riemsdyk, Clayton Keller and Alex Debrincat (Farmington Hills) also scored for Team USA. Defensemen Ryan Suter and Noah Hanifin each had two assists. The Red Wings’ Luke Glendening (East Grand Rapids) had an assist. Thatcher Demko made 23 saves.
“Our compete level wasn't very high in the first and they came out hard,” Hanifan said. “They worked hard, and it showed. It was a tied game (1-1) after the first period. We can't take it easy.”