Prospective number one overall draft pick Auston Matthews is a part of a very young U.S. team at the 2016 World Championships in Russia. Though he’s young, the U.S. never thought he’s just be a warm body, he was the first player named to the team.
Saturday, the U.S. beat Belarus 6-3, grabbing their first win a day after falling to a NHL-heavy Canada squad.
In Sunday’s win, Matthews scored twice and had an assist, grabbing his first World Championship goal. The first was a beautiful snipe that pegged the upper corner off a feed from Kyle Connor, beating Belarusian netminder Kevin LaLande.
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The second came off the rush, getting nice cross-ice pass from Frank Vatrano, as the U.S. swarmed down the ice, giving Vatrano a number of passing options.
The U.S.’s next match will be against a very good Finnish squad on Monday.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.