As the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship goes on, the games are becoming more spaced out and therefore, these recaps will be a little shorter.
USA vs ITA
There’s not too much to say about this game in terms of how the Arizona Coyotes representatives did. All three players - Christian Dvorak, Clayton Keller, and Connor Murphy - were pretty silent, failing to record a point in the game. The only change came for Murphy, who was moved down to the second line for the first time all tournament to play alongside Noah Hanifin (Carolina Hurricanes), J.T. Compher (Colorado Avalanche), Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings) and Brock Nelson (New York Islanders). He also had his lowest TOI of the tournament.
The game against Italy was a rematch of their pre-tournament game and went mostly the same way. Team USA had incredible possession numbers as the US held team Italy to only 5 shots the entire game. It wasn’t much of a blow-out as the US only won 3-0, but it seemed very much like team USA let up on the gas pedal a bit when it became clear that Italy was struggling.
Six days into the tournament and four games for team USA, Dvorak is still the only Coyote without a point. It’s hard to imagine him going this far without one and he had quite a few close looks during today's game. If he gets a little more comfortable with the larger sheet of ice and is more cautious about taking penalties, he should be fine.
Dvorak finished with 1 SOG and tournament high 16:38 TOI.
Keller finished with 3 SOG and a tournament-high 15:07 TOI.
Meanwhile, Murphy finished with 2 SOG and 17:38 TOI, which is a very clear tournament low, but could be explained by team USA letting him rest against a not overly offensive team like Italy.
Sadly we will no longer be recapping Germany’s games in the Worlds tournament this summer. It was announced yesterday and formally confirmed today, that Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder will not be finishing the tournament due to injury.
Coyotes say Germany's Tobias Rieder suffered a lower-body injury on Monday at the World Championship. He'll miss the rest of the tournament.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) May 9, 2017
Preliminary indication is Rieder's injury isn't too serious. Team doesn't think surgery will be required; will know more in next few days.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) May 9, 2017
Covered in the last recap, Rieder sustained a ligament injury last year that sidelined him for over a month. While the recovery time this year has yet to be stated, it seems to not be too serious. Any updates on Rieder will be covered in future recaps.
While it is easy to simply say that Rieder should stop competing in this tournament, the concept of representing one's country is not a simple one. For Rieder, the chance to represent his country at Worlds is one he takes very seriously, especially in light of the NHL pulling out of the Olympics.
Point totals so far are as follows:
Rieder - 1
Ekman-Larsson - 2
Dvorak - 0
Keller - 4
Murphy - 2
You can watch Sweden take on Latvia at 11:15 AM MST on Thursday (May 11th) and team USA take on Latvia on Saturday at 3:15 AM MST (May 13th). If you still want to follow team Germany, you can watch them take on Denmark at 11:15 AM MST on Friday, May 12th.
Details on the full schedule, times, and how to watch can be found in our IIHF Coyotes Primer here.