WATCH: Matt Coronato’s patience unravels Austrian goaltender, extends USA’s lead
Photo credit:Harvard Athletics
By Ryan Pike1 year ago
The United States’ entry in the ongoing 2022 World Junior Championship is really good. The Americans have been an offensive force so far in the tournament, and one of their standouts has been Calgary Flames prospect Matt Coronato.
On Saturday afternoon, Coronato used ample patience to score in the first period against Austria to extend Team USA’s lead to 2-0.
With the Americans already up 1-0 – after Coronato’s puck retrieval and pass from below the goal line set up defender Wyatt Kaiser for a great chance from the point – Coronato received a pass from teammate Logan Cooley in front of Austrian goaltender Leon Sommer.
Coronato waited as Sommer sprawled out to cover the bottom of the net, and skated to his right. He waited out Sommer, then shelved the puck over top of him to give the USA a 2-0 lead.
The goal was Coronato’s second of the tournament. He nearly scored another, hitting the crossbar on Sommer later in the first period. The United States led Austria 4-0 following the first period, with Coronato in on half of their goals.
Coronato was the Flames’ first-round pick, 13th overall, in the 2021 NHL Draft. He’s headed back to Harvard University next month for his sophomore season.
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