(WGR 550) – It was a great weekend for Alex Tuch and Team USA this weekend, as their two wins at the World Championship make them 6-0 overall at the tournament.
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In Saturday’s 3-0 win over Denmark, Tuch had a goal and two assists in 17:50 of work. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith made 22 saves for the shutout.
Then on Sunday, Tuch was wearing the captain’s "C" because of an injury to Nick Bonino. Team USA went on to cruise to a 9-0 victory over France.
Although Tuch didn’t have any points in Sunday's win, Boston College winger Cutter Gauthier (Philadelphia Flyers) had a hat-trick and four points.
So far in this tournament, Tuch has four goals and two assists for six points in six games.
Former Sabres fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Cal Petersen didn’t get the shutout, as he left the crease after 47:49 of work making 12 saves.
Petersen split time this season between the Los Angeles Kings and Ontario Reign in the AHL. The 28-year-old doesn’t appear to be in the Kings' plans moving forward.
So far, he has turned out to be just another overhyped college free agent, and yes, I was just as guilty of the hype as everyone else.
Germany beat Hungary, 7-2, on Sunday with JJ Peterka netting a goal and three assists. Peterka is seventh in tournament scoring with three goals and four assists for seven points in six games.
In Group A, Team USA leads at 6-0-0 for 18 points. Next is Sweden at 5-0-0 and 14 points, Finland at 13 points and a 4-1-1 record, and Germany has nine points at 3-3-0.
Switzerland won Group B last year and leads it this season. The Swiss are 6-0-0 with 18 points. Czechia is 4-1-1 with 13 points, Canada is third at 4-1-0 and 11 points. Latvia also has 11 points at 4-2-0.
Canada still has games left against Norway and Czechia.