Sunday, December 29, 2013

Stolarz gets the shutout as USA rips Germany; Canada awaits

Team USA heads into its New Year's Eve matchup with Canada on a roll, having dispatched Germany on Sunday morning by an 8-0 count.

Vince Hinostroza led the parade with two goals and two assists, Matt Grzelcyk netted a goal and two assists, and twelve other players managed to record one point for the 3-0 Americans, who are the highest scoring nation thus far in the tournament with 19 goals.

Anthony Stolarz, pride of the London Knights and Jackson, NJ, made his first start in the Worlds count with a 15-save shutout.

Any hopes of Germany staying in the contest were blown apart in a four-goal second-period burst by the defending champions.

Will Butcher tallied at 2:21 for a 3-0 edge, then Hinostroza picked up his first of the game 66 seconds later for a four-goal spread.

Riley Barber and Grzelcyk also lit the lamp before the period was through, scoring in a 2:11 span to make it 6-0.

BC's Steve Santini and Hinostroza produced red lights in the final 20 minutes.

Patrick Klein and Kevin Reich combined to stop 45 of 53 shots in the rout.

Group A play concludes two days from now against a Canadian team (1-0-1-0) which should be sufficiently humbled by its 5-4 shootout loss to upstart Czech Republic on Saturday.

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