After their surprising omission from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, three Vegas Golden Knights players headed to Finland to compete for Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships in Logan Thompson, Zach Whitecloud and Nicolas Roy, but unfortunately fell just shy of a gold medal.
The three Golden Knights and Team Canada were defeated by Finland 4-3 in overtime Sunday in the final. It was a thrilling game, one in which Canada found themselves trailing 3-1 late in the third period but were able to storm back and send things to the extra frame. Despite the frustrating result, they are able to return home with a silver medal to show for their efforts.
All three Golden Knights had fantastic tournaments for Team Canada despite failing to secure a gold medal, which should give them great confidence heading into the 2022-23 campaign. Roy was able to put up a goal and four helpers through 10 games, while Whitecloud notched two goals and four points. In net, Thompson had a 3-1-0 record in his four starts. Unfortunately, an injury sustained late in the tournament kept him out of the final few games, though it isn’t believed to be anything serious.
These three players are all ones that are big parts of the Golden Knights moving forward, so seeing them perform at the high level they did against other great competitors is certainly a positive sign. Given the disappointment they will all have from missing the playoffs in 2021-22, you can bet they, along with the rest of their teammates, will come back with a vengeance this coming season.
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