Team USA, Canada advance to World Championship quarterfinals

Peyton Krebs was Canada's Player of the Game in a 3-1 win over Czechia on Tuesday

(WGR 550) – Team USA looked to be in complete control on Tuesday, leading Sweden, 3-1, late in the third period. Matt Coronato of the Calgary Flames had appeared to give the U.S. a 4-1 lead, but Sweden challenged for offside and won.

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Sweden then proceeded to score two goals in 2:38 on Casey DeSmith of the Pittsburgh Penguins to send the game into overtime. One of the goals by top 2023 NHL Draft prospect Leo Carlsson went in off of Alex Tuch’s stick.

Team USA had the puck the whole overtime, and defenseman Dylan Samberg of the Winnipeg Jets won it 1:37 in.

Team USA won Group A with a perfect 7-0-0 record. Tuch scored four goals and two assists for six points in seven games.

As for Team Canada, they secured second place in Group B with a 3-1 win over Czechia on Tuesday.

For the second-straight game, Peyton Krebs was back at center and he scored his first goal of the tournament. He was also named Canada’s Player of the Game in the win.

Krebs finished the preliminary round of the World Championship with a goal and an assist for two points in seven games.

Jack Quinn assisted on former Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers' goal. Quinn has no goals and four assists in seven games played this tournament, but did score the shootout winner against Slovakia.

Devon Levi was, again, the backup goalie for Canada and has only played one of the seven games. Sam Montembeault played his fourth game in the win, stopping 16-of-17 shots. The Montreal Canadiens netminder is 3-1-0 with a 1.23 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage.

Canada finishes the preliminary round with a 5-1-1 record and will face Finland in the quarterfinals.

Germany beat France, 5-0, behind JJ Peterka’s goal and one assist on Tuesday. Peterka is the tournament’s fourth leading scorer with four goals and five assists for nine points in seven games. His four goals is fifth overall in tournament scoring.

The Germans will tangle with Switzerland in the quarterfinals.

The Swiss won Group B for the second-straight year with names you might know including Nico Hischier (New Jersey Devils), Kevin Fiala (Los Angeles Kings), Nino Niederreiter (Jets), Denis Malgin (Colorado Avalanche) and Jonas Siegenthaler (Devils).

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