The United States hockey team defeated Hungary 5-1 on Friday morning to improve to 3-2 at the IIHF World Championships. Noah Hanifin picked up an assist on the US's opening goal, finding Nick Foligno with a long range pass to send him in on net:
@NickFoligno!!!#CBJ #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/zy0QfXNEht— ColumbusBlueJackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) May 13, 2016
Hanifin continues to impress with the national team; he's one of four former Eagles competing for the US at the World Championships in Russia.
With a 3-2-0 record through 5 of 7 round robin games, the US is in pretty solid position to advance out of Group B and make the medal rounds. 4 of 8 teams from the group make it through. France, Germany, Belarus and Hungary currently sit in positions 5 through 8, and it would require a pretty bad collapse by the Americans in their final two games to fall behind any of them. In particular, a win over Germany - which is certainly doable - should put them through.
The US plays Germany on Sunday, then rounds out the group stage against Slovakia on Tuesday.