Blues forward Brayden Schenn provided all the scoring needed for Canada, which nailed down third place in Group B with a 3-0 victory over Germany as pool play concluded Tuesday in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship.
Playing wing on a line with Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Schenn scored on a one-timer from Nugent-Hopkins just 20 seconds into the game in Herning, Denmark. It was the second goal in the tournament for Schenn, who also had two assists in pool play.
Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson had an assist on Canada’s third goal, skating down left wing, going below the net and then feeding Tyson Jost (Colorado) for the score midway through the third period.
Team Canada finished third in Group B and will face either Sweden or Russia in the quarterfinals.
Team USA finished second in Group B after losing for the first time in the tournament, 6-2 to Finland. Sebastian Aho (Carolina) had a hat trick for Finland, giving him nine goals for the tournament to lead all skaters in pool play. The only Blues player on Team USA, Tage Thompson, did not play for the second time in the tournament.
Goalie Harri Sateri stopped 35 of 37 shots in his fourth start for Finland; Blues prospect Ville Husso has started the other three games in goal for Finland.
Team USA finished second in Group B even though it had more victories (six) than Finland (five). But under the tournament format, three points are awarded for a regulation victory, two for an overtime (or shootout) win, and one for an overtime/shootout loss. The United States had four regulation wins and two overtime/shootout wins, for 16 points. Finland had five regulation wins and one overtime loss, also for 16 points. But Finland got the top seed on a tie-breaker by virtue of winning the head-to-head matchup.
In what began as a 16-team tournament, the top four teams in Group A and Group B advance to the playoffs now that pool play has concluded. In the quarterfinals Thursday, Team USA faces the Czech Republic which finished third in Group A. Finland plays Switzerland, which defeated France 5-1 to earn the fourth and final playoff spot out of Group A.