Wednesday, September 14, 2016

U.S.A. Hopes for Quick Start at World Cup

Team U.S.A. head coach John Tortorella named Jonathan Quick as his starting goalie for the World Cup of Hockey, with Ben Bishop slotted in as the team's No. 2 goalie. Quick, who was Team U.S.A.'s No. 1 goalie at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, went 3-2 with a 2.17 GAA and .923 save percentage in five games at Sochi.

The Americans wrapped up a three-game exhibition schedule on Tuesday night with a 3-2 win over Finland. They will face Team Europe on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday afternoon.

"Quick will be our guy," Tortorella said after the American win. "It will probably be Ben as our backup. I've spoken with the goalies, so we'll start that way. But it's a long [tournament]. A lot of things can happen in the tournament. I believe in the body of work from all three goalies. As I've said from the get-go, it's a really hard decision. I think Jonathan has just done a little bit better than the other guys. He'll be our No. 1 guy to start the tournament."

If the Americans have any hope of "stealing" the gold medal at this year's World Cup, Quick is probably the best man to help them do that. The 30-year-old is a two-time Stanley Cup winner with nine career playoff shutouts and 46 career playoff wins to his name.

"I think we're getting better every game," Quick said on Tuesday after a 30-save performance against Team Finland. Quick has saved 62 of 65 shots faced in two games, and backstopped Team U.S.A. to 4-2 win against Team Canada on September 9 (Ben Bishop also made nine saves in that game).