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2011 World Championship Updates

Norway, Canada Both Eliminated In Quarterfinal Round

Thursday, 05.12.2011 / 5:03 PM / Features
By Aaron Lopez  - Special to
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2011 World Championship Updates
Thursday, May 12
Both Team Norway and Team Canada were eliminated from the 2011 IIHF Men’s World Championship today during quarterfinal action.

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Jonas Holos and Team Norway were ousted from the tournament following a 4-1 loss to Finland in Thursday’s early game. Norway concluded the tournament ranked No. 6 overall, marking the first time the nation has finished higher than No. 8 since 1962. That year’s squad placed fifth in an eight-team tournament.

Holos recorded game-highs in shots (7) and ice time (31:00) during the loss. Officially, the defenseman finished the tournament with five points (2g/3a) while averaging 24:42 of ice time in seven games. However, due to a scoring error early in the tournament that wasn’t corrected (Holos was credited with a game played during Norway’s first contest, even though he didn’t suit up and registered 0:00 of ice time) his adjusted average ice time in six games was 28:50.

Holos led Norway’s blueliners and is currently tied for first among all tournament defensemen in points.

Later in the day Matt Duchene and Team Canada fell to Russia by a 2-1 score, ending the club’s run at this year’s World Championship. The Canadian squad took a 1-0 lead on a Jason Spezza goal 5:32 into the second period, but Russia recorded a pair of tallies 3:12 apart in the final frame to earn the victory.

Duchene had one shot on goal in 13:28 of ice time during today’s contest. The center was held without a point in seven games at the tournament, finishing with 14 shots on net and a +1 plus/minus rating while averaging 14:43 of ice time.

The Canadians finished the tournament in the fifth overall spot.

Monday, May 9

Both Team Norway and Team Canada recorded victories on Monday during the final day of qualification-round action at the 2011 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

Jonas Holos and Norway defeated France by a 5-2 count in an early game to advance to the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2008 and only the second time since the format was introduced at the 1992 World Championship.

Holos had two assists and six shots on goal in a game-high 31:00 of ice time in today’s victory. In five games at the tournament, the defenseman has registered five points (2g/3a) and a +6 plus/minus rating while averaging 28:40 of ice time per game.

Norway finished the qualification round with a 2-1-0-2 record (W-OTW-OTL-L) for eight points. As a result of today’s win, the Norwegians claimed the No. 3 spot in Group F and will face Finland on Thursday in quarterfinal-round play.

Later in the day, Matt Duchene and Team Canada registered a 3-2 victory over Sweden. The win improved Canada’s record to 3-2-0-0 (13 points) and helped the club claim the No. 1 spot in Group F.

Duchene skated for 9:39 in Monday’s game and was held without a point.

Canada will also return to action on Thursday with a game against Russia. The winner of that contest will face the victor of the Norway/Finland tilt on Friday in the semifinal round.

Tuesday is an off-day for the remaining teams at the tournament. The quarterfinal round begins on Wednesday with the Czech Republic taking on the United States and Sweden facing Germany.

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Saturday, May 7
Matt Duchene and Team Canada hung on to beat Jonas Holos and Team Norway by a 3-2 score on Saturday at the 2011 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

The Canadians extended their lead to 3-0 on a goal by James Neal 9:02 into the third period and then weathered a Norwegian attack to hold on for the victory and clinch a spot in the quarterfinal round.

Duchene recorded two shots on goal in 13:29 of ice time in the win, while Holos registered one shot on net in 26:45 of ice time for Norway.

Both teams close out qualification-round play on Monday, with Canada facing Sweden and Norway taking on France.

Friday, May 6

Team Canada remained undefeated at the 2011 IIHF Men’s World Championship with a 4-3 shootout victory over Team USA on Friday.

Canada picked up two points with the shootout victory, while the Americans earned one point. Avalanche center Matt Duchene was held without a point in today’s contest, but recorded three shots on net in 16:34 of ice time.

Team Canada will be back in action on Saturday when the club faces Jonas Holos and Team Norway in the second qualification round contest for each squad.

Thursday, May 5

Team Norway and Jonas Holos skated past Switzerland, 3-2, today at the 2011 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

Holos opened the game’s scoring with a tally 8:47 into the opening frame and also picked up an assist on a Norway goal with five seconds remaining in that same period. The defenseman was named Norway’s “Best Player” after logging 29:47 of ice time and recording three shots on goal and a +1 plus/minus rating.

The Sarpsborg native has appeared in three games at the tournament and leads all team defensemen with three points (2g/1a) while averaging 28:05 of ice time per game.

Today’s game marked the first of three qualification round contests for Team Norway. The club will also face Canada on Saturday and France on Monday as it tries to earn a spot in the medal round.

Wednesday, May 4

Jonas Holos and Team Norway clinched a spot in the qualification round with a 5-0 victory over Team Austria at the 2011 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

Holos registered his first point of the tournament with a power-play goal in the opening period that extended Norway’s lead to 3-0.  The blueliner also had three shots on goal and a +2 plus/minus rating while logging a game-high 26:36 of ice time.

With the victory, Team Norway finished the preliminary round with a 1-1-0-1 record (W-OTW-OTL-L) for a total of five points.

Norway had to wait for the result of the USA/Sweden game later in the day before its final seeding in Group C (and as a result, its next opponent) was determined. Since Sweden topped the United States, Norway finished third in Group C and will face Switzerland on Thursday in its first qualification round game.

Tuesday, May 3

Matt Duchene and Team Canada earned another victory today at the 2011 IIHF Men’s World Championship, topping Switzerland by a 4-3 score in overtime.

Avalanche forward Matt Duchene recorded two shots on goal in 17:38 of ice time during the win.

With the victory, Team Canada clinched the top overall spot in Group B during preliminary-round play. The club finished its three-game opening-round slate with eight points and a 2-1-0-0 record (W-OTW-OTL-L).

The top three teams from each of the four groups will advance to the qualification round, which begins on Thursday, May 5. Team Canada’s next contest will come on Friday, May 6. While its opponent has yet to be determined, the club knows it will face the second-seeded team from Group C, which could be any of the United States, Sweden or Norway as things stand today.

Monday, May 2
Jonas Holos and Team Norway gave Team USA all it could handle in their preliminary-round game on Monday, but the Americans skated away with a 4-2 victory.

Norway took a 2-0 lead into the second intermission, but the United States scored four unanswered goals in the final frame (including two on the power play) to close out the game.

Holos finished the contest with two shots on goal and a +1 plus/minus rating in 27:52 of ice time (second in the game behind teammate Ole-Kristian Tollefsen).

Team Norway returns to action on Wednesday when the squad faces Austria in its final preliminary-round contest.

Sunday, May 1

Team Canada earned its second straight victory at the 2011 IIHF Men’s World Championship, this time dominating France by a 9-1 final score on Sunday.

Matt Duchene had three shots on goal and a +2 plus/minus rating in 15:58 of ice time, but was held off the score sheet for the second consecutive game.  Jeff Skinner had a pair of goals and an assist for Canada, while Rick Nash, Alex Pietrangelo and Jason Spezza recorded a goal and an assist apiece.

Canada closes out the preliminary round on Tuesday with a game against Switzerland.

Also of note, Jonas Holos has been added to Team Norway’s roster.

The defenseman appeared in 39 games with Colorado during his rookie season of 2010-11 and posted six assists. He also spent time with the Avalanche’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, during his first season in North America. Holos skated in 17 regular season games for Lake Erie, recording six assists and a +1 plus/minus rating. He also added two points (1g/1a) as the Monsters fell to the Manitoba Moose in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Holos did not play in Norway’s history 5-4 shootout win over Sweden on Saturday night, although a small scoring error makes it appear as though he did. Holos was credited with a -1 rating in the game, even though he had no ice time on the official score sheet. The blueliner is likely to play in Norway’s next game, when the squad battles Team USA on Monday night.

Friday, April 29
Matt Duchene and Team Canada opened play at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship on Friday with a 4-1 win over Belarus.

The annual tournament kicked off today and runs through May 15 in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.

Duchene had three shots on goal but was held without a point in 16:16 of ice time during Friday’s contest. Jordan Eberle had two goals for Team Canada and Jeff Skinner and John Tavares had a goal and an assist apiece.

Canada returns to action on Sunday with a contest against France. The two countries played a pre-tournament exhibition game this past Sunday in Paris, with Canada taking a 3-2 victory. Duchene picked up a pair of assists in the exhibition contest.

The Canadians will then wrap up preliminary round action with a Tuesday game against Switzerland.
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