After suffering a heavy defeat against Canada on Friday, the youth-heavy US men's hockey team bounced back with a 6-3 win over Belarus on Saturday in game 2 of the IIHF World Championships in Russia. Four former Eagles - Thatcher Demko, Steve Santini, Miles Wood and Noah Hanifin - are part of the American team, with Wood and Hanifin scoring in today's victory. Wood's goal opened the scoring in the first period.
Auston Matthews, widely predicted to be the #1 overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, led the way for the US with two goals.
GIFs of Wood and Hanifin's goals:
Miles Wood from Vatrano pic.twitter.com/IrBqnOzrZg— Stephanie (@myregularface) May 7, 2016
Hanifin goal pic.twitter.com/5MC9MevwwI— Stephanie (@myregularface) May 7, 2016
The Americans' next game is a tough test against Finland on Monday, at 1:15 PM Eastern time. The game will be televised on NBCSN and streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra. The US plays a total of 7 group games in the round robin stage, with the top 4 teams in each group progressing to the quarterfinals.