Two (but really just one) members of the Calgary Flames played today at the World Championship. Let’s see how they fared.
Today was just two of the four members of the Calgary Flames playing today at the World Championship. But it was really just one. There was David Rittich, whose role was keeping the bench warm today as he served as a backup for the Czech Republic while they played Slovakia. And there was Johnny Gaudreau for Team USA who played against Team Denmark.
USA had quite a dominating performance against the Danish, outshooting them 42-12 and winning 4-0. Johnny Gaudreau found himself on the scoresheet again when he assisted on USA’s first goal of the game and was on the ice for USA’s final goal of the game. He now has one goal, one assist, and three shots in two games at the tournament.
USA now leads Group B with five points.
The Czech Republic had a slightly more exciting game. They were down 2-1 against the Slovaks, tied the game with nine seconds left in the game, and won in overtime. David Rittich, like we all anticipated, found himself backing up Pavel Francouz, who has much more international experience than Rittich. Francouz wasn’t too busy tonight, facing just 17 shots on net and letting in two goals. With a slightly subpar performance from the goaltender, it may be likely that we see Rittich in net on Sunday when they face Mikael Backlund and the Swedes. But Sweden always has a dominating team, so they may go with Francouz again as a safety blanket.
The Czechs sit in fourth place in Group A with two points.
That’s all in today’s update!
Tomorrow we’ll see the Czechs face off against the Swedes (like I just mentioned) and we’ll see Bill Peters for Team Canada face against Team Korea.