Team USA dominates against Germany, goes on to win first game at Hlinka Gretzky Cup – The Rink Live

RED DEER, Alta. — After a strong performance in their exhibition win over Slovakia on Friday, Team USA continued to dominate in their Hlinka Gretzky Cup opener with an 8-1 victory over the Germany on Sunday 31 July.

Five minutes into the first period, Will Whitelaw of Rosemount, Minnesota hit the back of the net first to give Team USA the lead. Just under two minutes later, it was Carey Terrance who extended the lead to 2-0. Germany’s Timo Ruckdaschel was assessed a tripping penalty with a minute left in the first period, which put Team USA on the power play heading into the second.

Thirty-eight seconds into the second period, Joe Connor put another one on the board for Team USA on the power play to make it 3-0. Germany’s Robin Rieke took a tripping penalty to set up another Team USA power play at 1:19, and Joe Gramer of Moorhead, Minnesota, lit the light to make it 4-0. Germany made a goalie change at 5:43 into the second period as Dean Doge entered in front of the net. Germany took a few more penalties in the second and, while shorthanded, Linus Brandl gave Germany their first goal of the night to make it 4-1.

Team USA then scored three unanswered goals. One came on unassisted from Will McDonough before the end of the second period, and third Andrew Strathmann and Griffin Erdman also scored one of their own. The last goal came from Will Whitelaw on the power play for his second of the night. Whitelaw and Strathmann each finished the night with three points.

Team USA will play Finland again Monday at 4 p.m. in the preliminary round. Finland lost their opener of the tournament 4-3 in a shootout against Czechia.

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