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For First Time In 85 Years, Team USA Wins First 5 Men’s Hockey World Championship Games

By Karen Price | May 11, 2018, 5:55 p.m. (ET)

Tage Thompson and Hyonho Oh of Korea battle for the puck at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on May 11, 2018 in Herning, Denmark.


The U.S. men’s ice hockey team cruised past Korea on Friday with a 13-1 victory that put the Americans at 3-2-0-0 at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Herning, Denmark.

This is the first time since 1933 that the U.S. has started the world championships with five straight wins. Team USA is seeking its first world championship medal since winning the bronze in 2015.

Two-time Olympian Patrick Kane and Charlie McAvoy, who joined the team Thursday from the Boston Bruins, each posted two goals and three assists while 15 others accounted for at least one point in the victory. Kane (3 goals, 9 assists for 12 points) and Johnny Gaudreau (1 goal, 6 assists for 7 points) have at least one point in all five games.

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It was the first meeting ever between the countries. The U.S. led Group B with 10 points going into the day, while Korea was in last place.

Next up for the U.S. is Norway at 10:15 a.m. ET on Sunday before closing preliminary play against Finland on Tuesday.

Nick Bonino was added to Team USA’s roster earlier Friday, coming from the Nashville Predators.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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