Thatcher Demko and Quinn Hughes — Team USA
The United States team just beat one of the worse teams in the tournament, Great Britain, by a score of 6-3. Thatcher Demko picked up the victory and now has two victories through the first four games of the tournament for the USA.
Although Demko was the winning goalie, most of the attention was on the other end of the rink, where Great Britain goaltender Ben Bowns turned in a remarkable performance. Bowns made numerous huge saves off of extremely talented American players, but the most memorable was hands down when he slid across the crease to make an acrobatic save off of a Jack Hughes backhander.
Bowns faced 65 shots in the game and was the main reason that the Americans were unable to run up the score further on the Brits. On the blueline, Quinn Hughes turned in another solid performance for the Americans. In fact, both Hughes and Demko picked up an assist on this Clayton Keller goal:
Get used to seeing beautiful stretch passes like those, Canucks fans. Hughes has seen time on USA’s second power play unit, and so far, has three assists in four games. The USA team currently sits second in Group A with a record of 2-1-1. Germany sits atop the group with a perfect record of 3-0-0. The Americans will be back in action this Saturday at 3:15 AM Pacific time, where they will face Denmark.