Saturday evening brought mixed results for the five Blackhawks prospects in action.
In the earlier of the two games featuring future Hawks, the USA tried to come back from an early 3-0 deficit but couldn’t get past a second goal to lose to Canada. It was a rough game for Adam Clendening and Stephen Johns, both of whom misplayed pucks at the blue line that led to Canada’s second and third (game-winning) goal. Brandon Saad was held off the score sheet in the game.
The late game between Sweden and Russia provided the best theater of the tournament to date, and a Hawks prospect was front and center. Joakim Nordstrom scored the game-winning goal in overtime for Sweden after assisting on the game-tying goal with only 40 seconds left in regulation. Nordstrom now has four goals in four games for Sweden and is plus-seven in the tournament. Ludvig Rensfeldt was held off the score sheet on Saturday.
Sweden’s victory clinched the top seed from Group A, and they’re tied with Canada for the most goals scored so far in the tournament (26). The tournament resumes play on Monday.