2021 IIHF Men’s World Championships: USA Loses to Finland

Thompson, Ruotsalainen, Rieder all in action

After two days of action at the 2021 IIHF Men’s World Championships, Russia leads the tournament’s Group A teams with a 2-0 record, while Germany remains perfect in Group B.

As a note, per Chris Peters, Germany hasn’t registered Sabres prospect JJ Peterka for the team yet, which is why he didn’t play in either of the team’s first two games. As Peters said, this is likely a smart team move for flexibility in their roster:

Here are your Sabres-relevant stats after day two in Latvia:

Colin Miller (CAN): 2 GP - 0 G - 0 A

Victor Olofsson (SWE): 1 GP - 0 G - 0 A

JJ Peterka (GER): 0 GP - 0 G - 0 A

Lawrence Pilut (SWE): 1 GP - 0 G - 0 A

Tobias Rieder (GER): 2 GP - 1 G - 0 A

Arttu Ruotsalainen (FIN): 1 GP - 0 G - 0 A

Tage Thompson (USA): 1 GP - 0 G - 0 A

Denmark 4, Sweden 3

Denmark goals: Nicklas Jensen (3), Emil Kristensen

Sweden goals: Carl Klingberg (2), Henrik Tommernes

Victor Olofsson recorded three shots on goal in Sweden’s loss.

Germany 5, Norway 1

Germany goals: Matthias Plachta, Leon Gawanke, Leonhard Pfoderl, Lukas Reichel, Lean Bergmann

Norway goal: Emil Lilleberg

Russia 7, Great Britain 1

Russia goals: Anton Burdasov (2), Mikhail Grigorenko, Sergei Tolchinski, Pavel Karnaukhov, Anton Slepyshev, Andrei Kuzmenko

Great Britan goal: Liam Kirk

Finland 2, United States 1

Finland goals: Atte Ohtamaa, Iiro Pakarinen

United States goal: Jason Robertson

Tage Thompson was credited with five shots on goal.

Czech Republic 2, Switzerland 5

Czech Republic goals: Filip Chytil, Jiri Smejkal

Switzerland goals: Gregory Hofmann (2), Timo Meier (2), Tristan Scherwey,

Latvia 2, Kazakhstan 3 (SO)

Latvia goals: Lauris Darzins, Rihards Bukarts

Kazakhstan goals: Alexander Shin, Jesse Blacker

Sunday’s Games

5:00 a.m., Great Britain vs. Slovakia (Live on NHLN)

5:00 a.m., Norway vs. Italy

9:00 a.m., Sweden vs. Belarus (Victor Olofsson, Lawrence Pilut)

9:00 a.m., Kazakhstan vs. Finland (Live on NHLN) (Arttu Ruotsalainen)

1:00 p.m. Denmark vs. Switzerland

1:00 p.m., Canada vs. United States (Live on NHLN) (Colin Miller, Tage Thompson)