Team USA faced Canada in a 2016 World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus today and came away with a 4-2 victory in the tune-up.
Although Canada outshot the US 41 to 23, the Americans got on the board first and were able to withstand a late Canadian comeback.
Former Devil Zach Parise scored at 16:56 of the first to give the US a 1-0 lead. He got assists from Wild teammate Ryan Suter and Derek Stepan of the Rangers. Less than two minutes later, Chicago’s Patrick Kane scored from the Sharks’ Joe Pavelski to double the American lead.
Canada began their comeback in the second period when Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins scored from Sidney Crosby and Boston’s Brad Marchand at 13:24. Again, a little bit less than two minutes later, Team USA’s Pavelski would give the Americans an insurance goal that would come in handy in the third frame. Pavelski scored from Columbus’ Jack Johnson and Kane.
In the third period, Canada got some help from the SoCal Connection as the Kings’ Drew Doughty pulled them back into the game at 5:21 with assists to Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and LA’s Jake Muzzin.
But Team USA would add one more off the stick of Stepan unassisted into an empty net to put the game away, 4-2.
Cory Schneider did not dress for the game, as Jonathan Quick of the Kings did the bulk of the work for the US, making 32 saves on 33 shots faced for a .970 save percentage through two periods of work. Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop played one period and made nine saves on ten shots faced for a .900 save percentage.
In goal for Canada, Montreal’s Carey Price did all of the heavy lifting and was 21-for-24 with an .875 save percentage in 59:20 of ice time.
Kyle Palmieri had one shot on goal, two hits, two blocked shots, and a take away all in 11:02 of ice time (which included 32 seconds on the power play). The US was unable to convert on four power play opportunities. The team also out hit Canada 29-26 and had ten more blocked shots at 23.
Team USA’s next pretournament warmup comes Saturday against the Canadians at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. It is likely that Cory Schneider will dress for this game, as head coach John Tortorella will try to get all of his goalies acclimated to the tournament and see some shots.