Bachman clinchs U.S. tune-up win over Sweden

From USA Hockey …

GAVLE, Sweden – Jim Slater (Winnipeg Jets/Michigan State University) and Kyle Okposo (New York Islanders/University of Minnesota) each tallied a goal and an assist as the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Sweden, 3-2, in a pre-tournament game prior to the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship. The tournament will run from May 4-20, in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.

Richard Bachman (Dallas Stars/Colorado College) entered the game in goal midway through the second period and made several saves in the final minutes of action to preserve a 3-2 victory for Team USA.

“It was a good first game for our team,” said Scott Gordon, head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. “I liked our pace and we created some quality scoring chances. We look forward to the start of the tournament.”

Slater gave the U.S. an early lead at 1:55 of the first period when he netted a pass from Okposo at the top of the crease. Jimmy Howard (Syracuse, N.Y./ Detroit Red Wings/University of Maine) stopped all 19 shots he faced in the opening frame to give Team USA a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Bobby Ryan (Cherry Hill, N.J./Anaheim Ducks) gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead at 3:32 of the second period with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that snuck under Sweden goaltender Viktor Fasth. Paul Stastny (St. Louis, Mo./Colorado Avalanche/University of Denver) assisted on the tally. Okposo extended the U.S. lead to 3-0 when he banged home a rebound at 10:40. But Sweden tacked on two goals in the last five minutes of the period to make it a 3-2 game heading into the final frame.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will open tournament play against France on Friday (May 4) at 5:15 a.m. EDT. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and scoring updates will be available on Twitter. Use the hashtag #2012MWC to join the conversation surrounding the tournament.

NOTES: Bobby Ryan was named Team USA’s Player of the Game … The exhibition game was played in front of a sold out crowd of 7,519 in Lakerol Arena … For Team USA’s updated roster, click here … Twenty of the 23 members of Team USA announced played U.S. college hockey … Six of the 23 players announced are products of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, including Joey Crabb, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Jimmy Howard, Jack Johnson and Kyle Palmieri … Fourteen NHL teams are represented on the roster. The Anaheim Ducks have three representatives, while the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning have two players apiece.



Scoring By Period

USA 1 – 2- 0- 3
SWE 0 – 2- 0- 2



First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Slater (Okposo), 1:55. Penalties: USA, Stastny (charging), 4:19; SWE, Ekholm (tripping), 16:27; USA, Ryan (holding), 17:04.

Second Period – Scoring: 2, USA, Ryan (Stastny), 3:32; 3, USA, Okposo (Lasch, Slater), 10:40; 4, SWE, Lundqvist (Pettersson, Ekholm), 16:39; 5, SWE, Larsson (Silfverberg, Jarnkrok), 19:24 (pp). Penalties: SWE, Kruger (tripping), 11:28; USA, Slater (tripping), 17:25; SWE, Hedman (hooking), 18:04; USA, Butler (tripping), 18:42.

Third Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Bench (too many men on the ice), 15:35.


Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 10 8 3 21
SWE 19 12 12 43
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Howard, 30:40 19/19 6/6 25/25
USA, Bachman, 29:20 6/4 12/12 18/16
SWE, Fasth, 60:00 10/9 8/6 3/3 21/18





Power Play: USA 0-3; SWE 1-5
Penalties: USA 5-10; SWE 3-6


Team USA 2012 IIHF Men’s World Championship Schedule
May 4 – 20 • Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm, Sweden

Date Opponent Location Time (Local/EDT) Television
Fri., May 4 France Helsinki 12:15 p.m./5:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Sat., May 5 Canada Helsinki 7:00 p.m./12:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
(Delay/10:30 p.m. ET)
Mon., May 7 Slovakia Helsinki 8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Thurs., May 10 Belarus Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Fri., May 11 Kazakhstan Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Sun., May 13 Finland Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Tues., May 15 Switzerland Helsinki 8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Thurs., May 17 Quarterfinals Helsinki TBD NBC Sports Network (Live)
Sat., May 19 Semifinals Helsinki TBD NBC Sports Network (TBD)
Sun., May 20 Bronze-Medal Game Helsinki 4:00 p.m./9:00 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
  Gold-Medal Game Helsinki 8:30 p.m./1:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network (Delay/9 p.m. ET)

Arenas: Hartwall Arena (Helsinki); Ericsson Globe (Stockholm)


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