The U.S. team downed Austria 3-2 in a final tune-up game before the actual tournament begins for them on April 30th, against this same Austrian team. However, the win over Austria didn’t come easy though, as the U.S. had to rally from being down two goals by scoring three unanswered goals and killing off three late 3rd period penalties to hold on to the exhibition win. Clay Wilson picked up a goal and an assist, Chris Kreider netted the unassisted tying goal early in the 3rd period and Tim Stapleton scored the eventual game-winner a couple of minutes later when he buried a loose puck down low. The U.S. goaltenders split duty in the game and faced a combined 26 shots. Veteran Ty Conklin (14 shots -12 saves) let in the two Austrian goals, while Al Montoya (12-12) blanked them. Defensemen Cam Fowler and Ryan McDonagh were not in the lineup for this game, also missing was forward Derek Stepan. However, all three should be in action on Saturday (10:15 a.m., on Versus) for the first game of the tournament.
In related news, USA Hockey confirmed that Jack Johnson will be heading over to Slovakia to join the U.S. roster at the World Championship. This should definitely boost the already sturdy American blue line. At the age of 24, Johnson is already a veteran in terms of representing his country. This will be his 9th Team USA appearance. I love his enthusiasm to represent his country at these events, take note young hockey players.
Most up-to-date U.S. Roster (4/29/11)