Team USA wins bronze at IIHF World Championship

Arttu Ruotsalainen captures the silver medal after Canada beats Finland in overtime for the gold medal

(WGR 550) - Buffalo Sabres winger Tage Thompson had three assists on Sunday, helping lead Team USA to the bronze medal at the World Championship in Latvia.

The U.S. knocked off Germany in the bronze medal game, 6-1.

Thompson missed some of Team USA’s games due to an upper-body injury, but still managed a goal and four assists for five points in eight games.

Colin Miller only played four games for Team Canada, picking up an assist before his tournament ended with an upper-body injury.

The kid many think the Sabres will draft first overall in July, defenseman Owen Power, won gold for Team Canada. In 10 games, the 18-year-old had three assists.

Head coach Gerard Gallant played Power in overtime against Finland during the gold medal game. Gallant showed confidence in the kid and he responded.

With the 3-2 overtime loss to Canada, Arttu Ruotsalainen ended up winning silver with Finland. The Sabres winger had four goals and an assist for five points in 10 games.

Germany didn’t medal, but surprised many by making it to the bronze medal game. Pending Sabres unrestricted free agent Tobi Rieder had a goal and three assists in 10 games for the Germans.

General manager Kevyn Adams had a first round grade on J-J Peterka for the 2020 NHL Draft, so he traded a fourth round pick to the San Jose Sharks to move up four spots to No. 34 overall in the second round to take Peterka. The 19-year-old had to wait his turn for Germany, but did get into six games, scoring a goal.

Team Sweden only played seven games in the tournament and got knocked out early. Victor Olofsson had three goals and four points, while Lawrence Pilut had no goals and two assists in seven games.

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