Monday, May 7, 2007

US loses to Canada, will play Finns in Quarters

Team USA got torched early and often against Canada, going down 1-0 only 8 seconds into the contest and never leading. Canada steamrolled the US in the first period, scoring 4 first period goals on their way to winning 6-3. Team USA backup goaltender Jason Bacashihua saw his first action of the World Championships in the third period.

Team USA now looks to regroup before taking on Finland in the knockout round on Thursday. Despite having the same qualifying record as Slovakia, Team USA takes second in group F by virtue of their +5 goal differential, 2 better than the Slovaks. By finishing 2nd, the US avoids a quarterfinal matchup with perennial international powerhouse Sweden.

Matchups for the quarterfinals are as follows:

Russia (1E) v. Czech Republic (4F)
Sweden (2E) v. Slovakia (3F)
Canada (1F) v. Switzerland (4E)
Team USA (2F) v. Finland (3E)