Three-goal first period pushes Team USA past Latvia

In their first game of the 2022 IIHF Men's World Championships, Team USA skates past Team Latvia

Strauss Mann of the U.S. watches the action during a quarterfinal game against Slovakia
Strauss Mann of the U.S. watches the action during a quarterfinal game against Slovakia during the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Brian Snyder / Reuters

TAMPERE, Finland — Team USA is off to a strong start at the 2022 IIHF Men's World Championships with a 4-1 win Friday over Latvia.

The Americans didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard, scoring three goals in the first period.

The first goal came off a long shot from Andrew Peeke (Columbus Blue Jackets) that was then deflected off of Edina, Minnesota, native Kieffer Bellows (New York Islanders) stick and then again off the skate of Riley Barber (Detroit Red Wings) and into the goal.

Seth Jones (Chicago Blackhawks) would score the second goal of the game just a few minutes later on the power play with assists to Alex Galchenyuk (Arizona Coyotes) and St. Cloud, Minnesota, native Nate Schmidt (Winnipeg Jets).

To round out the period, Thomas Bordeleau (San Jose Sharks) scored a shorthanded goal for the Americans to put them up 3-0.


Only 30 seconds into the third, Team USA extended its lead to 4-0 with a goal from Sam Lafferty (Chicago Blackhawks).

Latvia scored their lone goal in the third period on the power play.

Strauss Mann got the win in goal for the U.S. Player of the game honors went to captain Seth Jones for his two-point performance (one goal, one assist).

The team will be back in action on Sunday, May 15, to play Austria at 8:20 a.m. CT. Games can be streamed on the NHL Network.

St. Cloud State is officially ranked in the national polls this week, the first time since 2009. Minnesota State still lurks outside of the top-15 and receives votes.

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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