Saturday, April 25, 2009

Okposo and Streit Win World Championship Opening Games

Kyle Okposo and Mark Streit both emerged victorious in their first contests at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland.

Earlier today, Team USA defeated Latvia 4-2. Okposo assisted on a Jack Johnson goal at 11:15 of the first period to tie the game 1-1. Johnson would score the eventual game winner unassisted with four and a half minutes to go in the second period.

Drew Stafford (unassisted) and Patrick O'Sullivan (from Ron Hainsey and Dustin Brown) also scored for the U.S. The team finished 0-4 on the power play. Robert Esche made 18 saves for the win.

Okposo took two shots on goal, finished +2, and received 15:53 of ice time.

Going by the game notes, it looks as though Okposo (St. Paul) is playing on an All-Minnesota second line with T.J. Oshie (Warroad) and David Backes (Minneapolis).

Team USA returns to the ice Monday at 10:15 EDT to face Austria.

Yesterday, Streit assisted on a power play goal that accounted for all the scoring as Switzerland held off France 1-0. Martin Gerber recorded the shutout.

Streit's name inexplicably does not appear on the individual stats report page of the game summary, so you can just assume that he took 12 of Switzerland's 42 shots on goal and logged 38:42 of ice time.

The Swiss next face Germany on Sunday.


Dominik said...

Love the extrapolation of Streit's stat line.

And I half-expect you to not be that far off!

Islanders Outsider said...

Well, he is leading the team with 11 shots on goal after two games, as well as 27:41 ATOI.

And OT game-winning goal in game 2!

Dominik said...

I still pinch myself sometimes with that guy.

Imagine if he'd become a free agent this summer, after the season he just had? Any chance the Islanders could have signed that type of player as a free agent?