Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The theme for day one: Go North America!
United States 3, Switzerland 1 The U.S. doesn't feature any Flyers players but they cruised past the Swiss behind solid goaltending by Ryan Miller and timely goals. Former Flyer Luca Sbisa is on the Swiss team and didn't do much.
Canada 8, Norway 0 There was speculation early in the day that Mike Richards wasn't going to play for Canada in this one which would have been quite a surprise. Richards had practiced with Canada's top power play line so it didn't make much sense for him not to play. Fortunately, Richards did suit up and he even netted a goal (although he should have had two--he missed a gimme earlier in the game). Chris Pronger also saw a ton of ice time on Canada's top defensive unit and picked up an assist when Dany Heatley deflected his shot from the point for a goal. Overall, this game was simply a breeze for Canada as Norway put up a fight for a period but then folded against the mighty Canadian attack.
Games tomorrow (2/17): Russia vs. Latvia (Bartulis), 12 am; Finland (Timonen) vs. Belarus, 3pm; Sweden vs. Germany, 7:30 pm; Czech Republic vs. Slovakia, 12 am. Check back tomorrow to see how Oskars Bartulis does against the potent Russian offense in the late game tonight.