3 Takeaways from Team USA’s 7-0 Win vs. Team Austria

This game was basically over before it started. There are “David vs. Goliath” stories in hockey, but this was not one. Team USA controlled every aspect of the match from start to finish and continued their dominance over their Group B opponents with a 7-0 victory over the Austrian team.

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Luke Hughes and Team USA improve their record to a perfect 3-0 (Photo: Rena Laverty)

Coaches love boring games if all goes well and head coach Nate Leeman’s heart rate reportedly barely reached 60 beats per minute the entire game. Here are three takeaways from this one-sided victory.

The skill of the USA team was more than Austria could handle

The The Americans came out of the gate on fire and their onslaught was more than the Austrians were prepared for when the puck was dropped. Austria were overwhelmed and before they could blink they had allowed two goals in the first two and a half minutes.

“We knew we had to get off to a good start today. Our schedule was different today, and it was important for us to adapt quickly. I’m happy with the way the team started the first half and held it.

– USA team head coach Leaman after his victory over the Austrian team

The onslaught continued throughout the first period and by the first intermission the Americans had a 4-0 lead and fired 26 shots on Austrian goalkeeper Leon Sommer.

The Americans were simply too fast and skilled for the Austrians to compete with. For the third game in a row, they dominated in the offensive zone and created scoring opportunities thanks to their constant movement and team fluidity. It was a complete team effort as five different players scored goals and no player had more than two points.

Wyatt Kaiser showed why the Blackhawks drafted him

The Chicago Blackhawks’ third-round pick in the 2020 Entry Draft scored 30 seconds into the game and then added another first-period goal at 11:40. The 6-foot defenseman currently playing at the University of Minnesota-Duluth is an incredibly fast defenseman with exceptional puck-moving ability.

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Kaiser is not a goalscorer by trade as his two goals in the last two seasons with the UMD Bulldogs indicate. His two-goal contribution for the Americans in that game was a bonus. They don’t expect to see him on the scoresheet, but he’s shown he can be an attacking option when the opportunity arises. His speed, physicality and ability to get the puck from defense to offense make him more valuable than all the offensive stats suggest. He’s a defensive defenseman with offensive skills who should make his way into the Blackhawks uniform in the coming seasons.

Kaiser was selected as America’s Top Skater and recognized by being named Player of the Game.

Red Wings fans should be excited about Carter Mazur

The Red Wings picked up Carter Mazur, a 6-foot left-handed winger in the third round of the 2021 Entry Draft. He had a strong freshman season last year, helping his University of Denver pioneers win their ninth national championship while contributing two assists in the championship game. With 38 points (14 goals, 24 assists) in 41 games last season, Mazur has proven to be a gifted and consistent player night after night.

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Carter Mazur, University of Denver (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

That consistency is clearly evident in this tournament, as he now has six points on four goals and two assists in the Americans’ first three games. That total is tied for second among all scorers behind only Canada’s Mason McTavish who has 10 points to date. Going forward, I think you’ll see Mazur’s true skills and abilities shine through.

“If Mazur continues to play the way he has since the Red Wings drafted him in 2020, he’ll end up wearing that Red Wings jersey for a long time. »

– Kevin Allen, detroithockeynews.com

Team USA crushed the opposition by outscoring them 19-2 in three games, but faced Germany, Switzerland and Austria, who aren’t exactly hockey powerhouses. Their first real test comes today in the form of the Sweden squad and that’s where I think you’ll see Mazur stand out. His speed and attacking talent will be needed, but he has shown he can handle big situations.

The next step for Americans

The win over Team Austria gives the Americans a perfect 3-0 record heading into the final game of the preliminary round where they will face by far their toughest test yet in Team Sweden. A win would give Team USA first place in Group B heading into the playoff rounds. The August 14 puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. EST.

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