MONTREAL – It was 12:30 in Montreal, and Sweden seemed to be heading for a quick and easy 4-0 victory over the United States.
With just over 10 minutes to go in the final frame, Ryan Poehling started an American counterattack that seemed destined to fail like the others that happened in the first 50 minutes of the game.
But that's where it's almost impossible to happen: Mikey Anderson got on board with one solid time, with Poehling getting help in the game, but Tim USA's fate seemed to have been sealed.
After all, how often do you see a four-goal comeback with only 10 minutes left in the game?
Well, of course Poehling wants it to be a little more statistically feasible.
He started by reducing Sweden's lead to two when he directed an Oliver Wahlstrom pass to the opponent's goal.
He didn't stop there, adding not just one, but two more goals in his name – in the span of 13 seconds, no less – in the last minute of regulation.
Poehling not only made himself a natural hat trick, but he helped the United States score four unanswered goals at 10:02, with three of them coming only at 6:11 to bring everything back to square one.
Unfortunately, the celebration did not last long for American players, who fell to Sweden in overtime.
Excluding Canada's 14-0 victory over Denmark, Poehling was only the second player to record four points in this year's tournament and is now tied to Morgan Frost of Canada with seven points.
Its brilliant performance might almost make us ignore the other Habs prospects at the end of the ice: Jacob Olfosson, who plays 15:41, registers differential plus-1 along with three shots on the internet.
Meanwhile, Cayden Primeau supported goalkeeper Kyle Keyser after making the net the previous day against Kazakhstan.
Canada 5 – Czech Republic 1
In Vancouver, the Canadian Team played the second last match of the preliminary round against the Czech Republic. The first minutes of the game were full of action: after Canada took the lead, the Czech Republic equalized just 37 seconds later.
The rest of the match supported the host country, who scored four goals on the way to a 5-1 victory.
The Canadiens are hopeful Nick Suzuki and Josh Brook both have a say in this matter.
Brook received an assist on Canada's third goal after sending a feedback to Jack Studnicka which in turn directed the piece to Alexis Lafreniere, who doubled his team's lead.
Meanwhile, Suzuki was involved in the final goal of the match. The 19-year-old may have made us accustomed to seeing beautiful passes throughout the tournament, but he set a higher standard with a cross that Morgan Frost used to capitalize on victory.
Brook finished with ice time 16:17 to Suzuki 14:51, and while the former recorded a differential plus-1 and one shot on goal, Suzuki even on the plus-minus side and did not register a shot.
Slovakia 1 – Finland 5
Earlier in the afternoon, the Slovakia-Finland match ended with the same score as one Canada: 5-1.
Jesse Ylonen did not match the offensive results of his potential teammates in the future, because he was held as a scorer for the first time in the tournament.
The winger saw 14:38 ice time – mostly because Finland caught up with some penalty problems – and recorded a difference in plus-1 after he was on ice for the match winner at the end of the first period. He averages just under one minute of ice time per shift (15 shifts, 0:58 per).
What is pressed for Sunday
After a busy day for the Canadiens prospect, Sundays will be a little calmer. In fact, only Alexander Romanov will take action with Russia preparing for Switzerland.
Switzerland – Russia – 8:00 a.m. ET (TSN 2 and RDS 2)