The United States’ entry into the ongoing 2022 World Junior Championship is really good. The Americans have been an offensive force so far in the tournament, and one of their most notable has been Calgary Flames prospect Matt Coronato.
On Saturday afternoon, Coronato showed great patience to score in the first half against Austria and extend the USA lead to 2-0.
— American Hockey (@usahockey) August 13, 2022
With the Americans already leading 1-0 – after Coronato collected the puck and went under the goal line, defenseman Wyatt Kaiser got a nice chance from the point – Coronato received a pass from teammate Logan Cooley in front of the goaltender Austrian Leon Sommer.
Coronato waited for Sommer to spread out to cover the back of the net and skated to his right. He waited for Sommer, then put the puck over him to give the United States a 2-0 lead.
The goal was Coronato’s second of the tournament. He nearly scored another, hitting Sommer’s crossbar later in the first half. The United States led Austria 4-0 after the first period, with Coronato on half of their goals.
Coronato was the Flames’ first-round pick, 12th overall, in the 2021 NHL Draft. He returns to Harvard University next month for his second season.
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