Chris Kreider Lighting The Lamp At 2011 IIHF World Championships

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - MAY 07: Justin Krueger (back) of Germany tackles Chris Kreider (front) of USA during the IIHF World Championship group D match between USA and Germany at Veltins Arena on May 7, 2010 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Boston College forward Chris Kreider loves playing on the biggest stages. Just two games into the 2011 IIHF World Championships, Kreider already has two goals for the U.S. Not bad for a kid who is one of just two college hockey players on the Team USA roster.

In the American's final tune-up before the World Championships, Kreider scored the game-tying goal in a 3-2 win over Austria:

"Just under four minutes into the third period, Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College) tied the game when he stole the puck from an Austrian defender and sent a shot from the front of the net low to the stick side."

Kreider then opened the scoring for Team USA in a 5-1 win over Austria in the opening game of the Championship:

"Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College) opened the scoring for Team USA with 5:18 left in the opening period when he skated up the right side and beat Austrian goaltender Jurgen Penker on the short side from just above the goal line."

The US National team continues World Championship play with a matchup against Norway (currently in progress). You can catch the game on Versus. The U.S. can secure a spot in the qualification round with a win in regulation. 

After the game with the Norwegians, Team USA faces Sweden on Wednesday (2:15 PM) before entering the Qualification Round on May 5-9. The semifinals will be played on May 13, while the Bronze Medal and Gold Medal games will be played on May 15.

HT: JMSF#1

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