Monday, September 19, 2016

Team Europe Don't Need No Country

No country, no problem.

How about a continent?

Team Europe continued to take the World Cup of Hockey by storm on Monday by notching an overtime win over the Czechs, thanks to Leon Draisaitl's breakaway goal at 2:06 of the 3-on-3 session.

The win means that Team U.S.A. must win its game against Canada tomorrow or it will not make the semifinals.

Draisatil took a head-man pass from Mats Zuccarello and sped in alone on Petr Mrazek before rifling a wrister below the blocker of the Czech netminder. The goal didn't surprise Team Europe's Anze Kopitar.

"To be quite honest with you, I was about 90 percent sure he was going to score," Kopitar said. "The way he's going right now, there's not a whole lot of people who can stop him. I hope he keeps playing like this for us."

Mrazek made 38 saves in the game. The Czechs drop to 0-1-1 with the loss. They were drubbed by Canada, 6-0 in their opening game.

Draisaitl now has 2 goals in two games for Team Europe. He scored a goal in Team Europe's 3-0 win over Team U.S.A. on Saturday. The team has managed to have success in Toronto despite going 0 for 10 on the power play. They will face Team Canada on Wednesday night in their final Group A Game.