MONCTON - Where was Charlie Coyle yesterday? The Pipeline Show has the answer.
"Charlie Coyle was sick, hopefully he'll be ready to play tomorrow," said Team USA coach Dean Blais to TPS after the game. Coyle did play a bit, but saw limited ice time.
So, the bad news is that Coyle has the flu. The good news is that he only has the flu. It seems Saint John forwards have been cursed when it comes to injuries this season.
"I'm not feeling 100% right now and that was the reason why coach decided not to play me," Coyle said in the post game interview area. I asked him to clarify if that was coach Blais' call or not, "Yeah. He knew I wasn't 100% so that's what he decided."
"Yeah, I wanted to give all I had," he confirmed, "I got a few shifts at the end but it was too late." [The Pipeline Show]
Coyle stayed on the bench throughout the game and had a front row seat for Team USA’s stunning 5-2 loss to Czech Republic, eliminating them from medal contention. The Sea Dogs forward had two shots in the game – both in the first period – and was a -1.
You probably know the story of yesterday’s game by now. Petr Mrazek puts on one of the coolest goaltending performances in recent history, the Czechs score three times in the third, and the USA is done.
Here are the highlights.
Tonight, Team USA takes on Jonathan Huberdeau, Nathan Beaulieu, and Team Canada at 9pm on TSN. Coverage begins at 8:30pm.
Tomas Jurco and Slovakia played yesterday as well, falling 9-1 to Sweden. Jurco assisted on the Slovaks lone goal, had two penalty minutes, two shots, and a -2 rating.