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Carlson, Novotny & Palmieri Watch, Day 2

December 27, 2009

John Carlson and Stepan Novotny is a former member of the Indiana Ice and Kyle Palmieri is a current member of the Notre Dame hockey team. Since these players are the only three in the WJHC with ties to Indiana, I felt it necessary to track their play in the tournament.

I missed that former Ice player Stepan Novotny is playing for the Czech Republic so I believe I’ll begin with his stats from last night’s 10-1 loss to Sweden and the Czech Republic’s heartbreaking 4-3 loss this evening.

Through both games Novotny has yet to find the back of the net, although it should be noted he’s only taken five shots on goal. There isn’t much to be expected though as the Czech team has faced a much more powerful opponent in Sweden and lost control of a game they had in hand. Through two games the team has been outscored 14-4. It’s intresting to not that Novotny’s five shots on goal are the second most on the team.

Meanwhile the United States seems to be having no problem picking off the lesser opponents in their group as they have now battled to a 2-0 record thus far with today’s win over Switzerland.

Carlson continues to be a major contributor for team USA. While he did not score or add to his point total with an assist, his play overall today showcased why he is on this team. Palmieri added to his point total with an assist on a key “breathing room” goal in the third.

Although not everything was positive as Carlson was called for a delay of game penalty at the midway point of the first period that led to a 5 on 3 disadvantage for the Americans when the game was still tied. While this didn’t hurt the team in the end, a mistake like this are the kind that team USA has been committing often and could prove costly against better teams.

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