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2013 World Championship Update

A Look At How Avalanche Players Are Doing At The IIHF Men's World Championship Tournament In Sweden And Finland

Sunday, 05.19.2013 / 6:15 PM / News
By ColoradoAvalanche.com - Official Site of the Colorado Avalanche

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Medalists
Gold: Sweden
Silver: Switzerland
Bronze: United States

Avalanche Players
On International Rosters
United States
Erik Johnson
Matt Hunwick
Aaron Palushaj
Paul Stastny

Canada
Matt Duchene
Ryan O'Reilly

Russia
Semyon Varlamov

Sweden
Gabriel Landeskog

Czech Republic
Jan Hejda

Austria
Thomas Pock*

Denmark
Markus Lauridsen*

Norway
Jonas Holos*

*Prospect

Pre-Tournament Release

A game-by-game look at how the nine Colorado Avalanche players did at the 2013 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Championship Final

Sweden (5) vs. Switzerland (1)

For the second straight year, a Colorado Avalanche player has won gold at the IIHF Men’s World Championship.

Gabriel Landeskog and Sweden ended Switzerland’s Cinderella run with a 5-1 victory and won the gold medal in front of the home crowd in Stockholm, Sweden.

The victory for Sweden ended the home-ice curse at the tournament, as the Soviet Union in 1986 was the last host country to win the gold. It is Sweden’s ninth world championship gold medal and their first since 2006.

Last year, Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov won the gold medal with Russia.

Despite the loss, Switzerland does pick up their second-ever silver medal. They last won silver in 1935. The Swiss’ last medal at the tournament was a bronze 60 years ago in 1953.

Switzerland came into the game undefeated at this year’s world championship as they went 7-0 in the preliminary round and defeated the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals and the United States in the semifinals. They had defeated Sweden previously in the tournament, taking a 3-2 win in the opening game of the preliminary round on May 3.

The Swiss dominated the first five minutes of the championship game and took the early lead as Roman Josi, who was named the tournament most valuable player, scored at 4:45 of the first period.

However after the early tally for the Swiss, it was all Sweden.

Erik Gustafsson scored 3:57 later and Henrik Sedin added a power play goal at 11:38 to give Sweden a 2-1 advantage after the first period.

After a scoreless middle frame, the Swedes extended their lead in the final period as Simon Hjalmarsson, Loui Eriksson and Henrik Sedin all scored.

Landeskog assisted on Hjalmarsson’s goal, which made the game 3-1. Landeskog took the puck to the net and got a shot off that was originally stopped, but Hjalmarsson was close by and picked up the rebound and scored.

The Avalanche captain finished the game with five shots and a plus-2 rating in 15:59 of ice time for the Swedes. Landeskog finished the tournament with four points (three goals and an assist) and a plus-4 rating.

After the game, Landeskog said winning the world championship hadn’t set in yet.

"We’re standing here talking about it, but we don’t know what we’re going through right now,” Landeskog said. “Maybe in a few years down the road, or after our careers, we’ll be able to sit back and think about this. I didn’t think I’d be standing here at 20 years old with this gold medal around my neck."


Bronze Medal Game

United States (3) vs. Finland (2) – Shootout

The United States will be coming home with a medal.

Alex Galchenyuk scored in the third and fourth rounds of a shootout and goaltender John Gibson stopped 36 shots and three of the four shooter in the tiebreaker to lead Team USA to a 3-2 win over Finland in the 2013 IIHF Men’s World Championship Bronze Medal Game in Stockholm, Sweden.

For the U.S., it is their first medal at the tournament since 2004 when they also won the bronze. It is the Americans’ 17th world championship medal and their sixth bronze.

It took just 58 seconds for the United States to score as Craig Smith off a pass from Avalanche center Paul Stastny.

Stastny scored a goal of his own with 4:02 remaining in the opening period, giving USA a 2-0 advantage. He finished the game with four shots in 21:35 of ice time and won 58.6 percent (17-of-29) of his faceoffs.

Stastny finished the tournament with 15 points (seven goals and eight assists), which is the second most at this year’s world championship.

After a scoreless second period, Lauri Korpikoski got Finland back to within one goal with a tally at 8:56 of the third period.

Finland tied the game 2-2 with 7:42 left in regulation when Mikael Granlund powered his way to the front of the crease before Korpikoski deflected the puck into the back of the net.

The game remained tied through the remainder of the third period and through a 10-minute, 4-on-4 overtime.

In the shootout, both teams failed to score on their first attempt with the Gibson making a great cross-crease save on the first shooter for Finland. In the second round, TJ Oshie couldn’t beat Antti Raanta for the Americans, but Janne Pesonen did score for the Finns, putting the pressure on the U.S. to find the back of the cage to continue the shootout.

With the pressure, Galchenyuk was cool and collective on the ice and he got the U.S. on the board in the third round of the shootout. Gibson stopped Korpikoski moments later to force another round.

In the fourth round, Granlund’s shot missed to the right, but Galchenyuk’s ensuing shot did not as the United States won the shootout 2-1 and beat Finland for the second time in the tournament. The U.S. also beat Finland on May 8 in the preliminary round by a 4-1 score.

Avalanche defensemen Matt Hunwick and Erik Johnson both finished with plus-1 ratings in the game for the U.S. Johnson did not play in overtime after he was injured in the third period.

United States and Avalanche forward Aaron Palushaj did not play in the game.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Semifinals

Sweden (3) vs. Finland (0)

Finland had no answer for its Scandinavian-rival’s top scoring line as Sweden scored in each period en route to a 3-0 shutout win in Stockholm.

Loui Eriksson had two goals and an assist, Henrik Sedin had a goal and two assists and his brother Daniel had two assists for Sweden in the win.

Sweden will have the chance to be the first host country since the Soviet Union in 1986 to win a world championship when they face Switzerland in the final on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. MDT. Finland will play the United States in the bronze medal game earlier in the day.

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog had two shots in 15:19 of ice time for the Swedes.

Switzerland (3) vs. United States (0)

For the first time since 1935, Switzerland will have the chance to win the gold medal.

The Swiss scored midway through the second period and added two more goals in the third to defeat the United States 3-0 in the world championship semifinals in Stockholm.

The U.S. will play Finland in the bronze medal game on Sunday at 8 a.m. MDT in Stockholm. The game will be televised live in the United States on the NBC Sports Network.

For Switzerland, they are guaranteed to win their first world championship medal in exactly 60 years when they play host Sweden in the final. The Swiss remain undefeated in the tournament at 9-0.

Avalanche center Paul Stastny had two shots in 20:46 while winning only 36.4 percent (8-of-22) of his faceoffs for the Americans.

Erik Johnson played 20:45 and finished with a minus-3 rating while fellow USA defenseman Matt Hunwick was a minus-1 in 14:43.

Aaron Palushaj played 5:52 for the United States and finished with a minus-1 rating.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Quarterfinals

Sweden (3) vs. Canada (2) – Shootout

Nicklas Danielsson scored twice in the third period and Jhonas Enroth stopped 39 shots and three more in the shootout to help Sweden defeat Canada 3-2 and advance to the semifinals.

Sweden will play Scandinavian-rival Finland on Saturday in Stockholm, with the winner advancing to the gold medal game on Sunday. Finland defeated Slovakia 4-3 earlier in the day in their quarterfinal contest.

After a scoreless first period, Canada took a 1-0 lead 45 seconds into the middle frame with a Steven Stamkos goal.

Canada held the lead to the third when Danielsson scored twice in less than four minutes to give Sweden the 2-1 advantage with 10:25 to play.

The lead for Sweden however was short lived as Canada quickly answered back 1:25 later with a score from Claude Giroux.

The game stayed tied through the rest of the final regulation period and through the 10-minute, 4-on-4 overtime.

Fredrik Pettersson scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout for Sweden, which won the tiebreaker 2-1.

Colorado center Matt Duchene had the third attempt for Canada in the shootout but was denied on a wrist shot from between the circles. He finished the game with five shots in 21:32 of ice time.

Canadian teammate Ryan O’Reilly had one shot in 17:04 and won 66.67 percent (4-of-6) of his faceoffs.

Gabriel Landeskog played 21:57 of the game for Sweden and had three shots, including two in the overtime period. He had a chance to win the game late in the third period but his backhand shot in the low slot just missed the far corner of the net.

For Landeskog and Sweden, it was a good redemption win after they lost 3-0 to Canada in the preliminary round on May 9.

United States (8) vs. Russia (3)

Avalanche center and U.S. captain Paul Stastny had four points and teammate Craig Smith had five assists to help the United States defeat Russia 8-3 in its quarterfinal game in Helsinki, Finland.

The No. 3 seed in the Helsinki group, the United States will play Switzerland in the semifinals on Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden. Switzerland finished as the top seed in the Stockholm group during the preliminary round with a 7-0 record.

During their preliminary round matchup on May 7, the U.S. and Russia played a close, back-and-forth game before the Russians pulled away in the third period with two goals. This time, it was the Americans that pulled away with four goals in the final stanza.

Stastny, who had two goals and two assists in the contest, scored the first goal of the game at 11:53 of the first period. Matt Hunwick had an assist on Stastny’s first period tally and he finished the game with a plus-2 rating in 17:36 of ice time.

TJ Oshie gave the Americans a 2-0 lead 50 seconds after Stastny scored, but Russia scored with 4:30 left in the period to cut its deficit to one.

The United States scored two more goals in the second period to take a 4-1 lead going into the third.

Late in the middle stanza, Russia replaced goalie Ilya Bryzgalov with Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov. The change seemed to ignite Russia’s offense at first as Alexander Ovechkin scored 1:33 into the third period.

After another U.S. goal, Russia beat American goalie John Gibson at 3:40 of the stanza to make it a 5-3 game, but USA scored three more times in the period to solidify the win.

Varlamov made seven saves on 11 shots in the final 21:48 while in relief of Bryzgalov. He also assisted on Ovechkin’s goal in the third period.

Avs defenseman Erik Johnson had three shots and a plus-1 rating in 19:06 of ice time for the Americans. Fellow Avalanche teammate Aaron Palushaj had one shot in 8:35 for the U.S.

Stastny scored the last goal of the game, making the score 8-3, at 10:07 of the third period. He finished with a plus-4 rating and won 76.47 percent (13-of-17) of his faceoffs in 19:31 of ice time.

Switzerland (2) vs. Czech Republic (1)

Switzerland’s impressive run through the world championship continued as they held off a late rally by the Czech Republic and won 2-1 in its quarterfinal matchup in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Swiss, the top seed in the Stockholm group, are now 8-0 in the tournament and will play the United States in the semifinals on Saturday in Sweden.

It took just 5:45 for Switzerland to get on the scoreboard with a goal from Denis Hollenstein. Roman Josi gave the Swiss a 2-0 lead at 13:08 of the second period.

The Czech Republic did make it interesting at the end as Zdenek Kutlak scored at 5:29 of the third period. Then with an extra attacker on the ice with their goalie pulled, the Czechs received a power play on a Switzerland delay of game penalty with 22 seconds remaining.

With the 6-on-4 advantage on the ice, the Czech Republic had a good chance in the final seconds but they were unable to beat Swiss netminder Martin Gerber before the clock ran out in the game and their tournament.

Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda played 7:52 in the contest for the Czech Republic.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Slovakia (4) vs. United States (1)

Slovakia scored twice in the first four minutes and the United States was never able to recover as they lost 4-1 in its final preliminary game.

Erik Johnson and Matt Huwnick each took two shots in the contest for the U.S., and both finished with even plus/minus ratings. Hunwick was named one of the players of the game.

Paul Stastny won 64.3 percent (9-of-14) of his faceoffs for the United States. Aaron Palushaj only played 8:39.

With a win, the United States could have clinched the No. 1 seed in the group for the Thursday’s quarterfinals but instead will be the No. 3 seed and will play second-seeded Russia and Avs goaltender Semyon Varlamov. Finland wins the group and will play Slovakia in the other quarterfinal matchup on the side.

Czech Republic (7) vs. Norway (0)

The Czech Republic scored 1:45 into the game and never slowed down as they won 7-0 over Norway.

Czech defenseman Jan Hejda finished with a plus-1 rating in 10:25 of ice time.

Avalanche prospect Jonas Holos played a game-high 25:45 in the contest for Norway.

The Czech Republic will be the No. 4 seed in its group and will play Switzerland in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Sweden (4) vs. Denmark (2)

Sweden came back from one-goal deficits twice and scored three times in the third period to overtake Denmark, 4-2.

Gabriel Landeskog took three shots and won both of the faceoffs he took in 17:00 of ice time for Sweden.

Avs prospect Markus Lauridsen took two shots and was a minus-1 in the game for Denmark.

Sweden will be the No. 3 seed and will play Canada and Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Russia (8) vs. Austria (4)

Russia scored twice in the third period to pull away from Austria and picked up a 8-4 win in a high-scoring affair.

Russia goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves in the contest and stopped all 10 shots he faced in the final period.

Avalanche prospect Thomas Pock assisted on Austria’s second goal, which tied the game 2-2 in the first period. He finished with three shots and 12 penalty minutes in 16:55 of ice time.

It was the final game of the preliminary round for both teams. Russia (5-2-0, 15 points) will be moving onto the quarterfinals on Thursday and could be seeded 1-3 in the group, depending on the outcomes of tomorrow’s United States-Slovakia and Finland-Latvia contests. Austria’s (2-5-0, 5 points) tournament is over.

Canada (4) vs. Slovenia (3) – Overtime

Canada erased a two-goal deficit and Steven Stamkos scored his second goal of the game 2:36 into overtime to defeat Slovenia 4-3.

Down 2-0 in the second period, Matt Duchene cut the Canadian deficit to one with his fourth goal of the tournament at 2:01 of the period. Fifty seconds later, Stamkos tied the game at two with his first tally of the contest.

Duchene finished with three shots on net and won 66.67 percent (6-of-9) of his faceoffs.

Ryan O’Reilly won both of his faceoff attempts that he took and had two shots in 15:11 of ice time for Team Canada.

It was the final game of the preliminary round for both teams, but Canada will be the only club moving onto the quarterfinals on Thursday. Canada (6-0-1, 18 points) can secure the No. 1 seed in the group if Switzerland loses in regulation to Belarus on Tuesday. The Swiss (6-0-0) need just one point to clinch the top spot in the group.

Denmark (3) vs. Belarus (2)

Belarus scored twice in the second period, but they were unable to find the equalizer in the third as Denmark held on for a 3-2 win. Avalanche prospect Markus Lauridsen had two shots on goal in 18:02 of ice time for Denmark.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

United States (3) vs. Germany (0)

The United States scored twice in the first five minutes and added another goal in the third period in a 3-0 shutout win over Germany.

Paul Stastny scored the second goal for the Americans at 4:53 of the opening stanza with defenseman Erik Johnson picking up the assist. Stastny also had five shots and won 52.9 percent of his faceoffs (9-of-17). Johnson finished with a plus-2 rating in 18:32 of ice time in the game.

Matt Hunwick assisted on Stephen Gionta’s goal in the third period and finished with a plus-2 rating.

Aaron Palushaj played 12:08 and was called for two slashing penalties in the contest.

Canada (2) vs. Czech Republic (1)

Jeff Skinner scored early in the third period to break a tie and help give Canada a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic.

Matt Duchene had two shots and won 66.7 percent (8-of-12) of his faceoffs in 20:03 of ice time for Canada.

Ryan O’Reilly was a plus-1 for Canada while playing 11:07.

Jan Hejda assisted on Petr Koukal’s first period goal for the Czech Republic, which tied the game 1-1. Hejda also had one shot in 18:50 of ice time.

Russia (3) vs. Slovakia (1)

Russia used two goals in the second period to help break its two-game losing streak and defeat Slovakia 3-1.

Semyon Varlamov did not play in the game for Russia, but he was the backup goalie for Ilya Bryzgalov.

Switzerland (3) vs. Norway (1)

Switzerland scored the first three goals of the game and held on for a 3-1 win over Norway. Avs prospect Jonas Holos had a minus-1 rating in 28:55 of ice time for Norway.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

United States (4) vs. France (2)

Paul Stastny scored the eventual game-winning goal at 11:37 of the third period as the United States defeated France 4-2.

Matt Hunwick finished with a plus-2 rating while fellow defenseman Erik Johnson ended up as a plus-1.

Aaron Palushaj finished with a minus-1 rating in 10:14 of ice time.

Sweden (2) vs. Slovenia (0)

Gabriel Landeskog opened up the game’s scoring with a goal at 5:50 in the second period and Sweden added another one in the third period to defeat Slovenia 2-0.

Landeskog also had six shots and won all three faceoffs he took in 16:10 of ice time.

Switzerland (4) vs. Denmark (1)

Switzerland used two third-period goals to push their lead to three and defeat Denmark 4-1. Avs prospect Markus Lauridsen had two shots in 17:48 of ice time for the Danes.

Finland (7) vs. Austria (2)

Finland scored the first three goals of the game and found the back of the net four more times in the third period to defeat Austria 7-2. Austria defenseman and Avalanche prospect Thomas Pock finished with a minus-3 rating in 19:08 of ice time.

Norway (3) vs. Belarus (1)

Norway scored in each of the three periods to top Belarus 3-1. Avalanche prospect Jonas Holos played a game-high 29:26 of ice time and had four shots on net for Norway.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Czech Republic (4) vs. Slovenia (2)

The Czech Republic used two third-period goals to break a tie and defeat Slovenia 4-2. Jan Hejda finished with a plus-1 rating in the game.

Finland (3) vs. Russia (2)

Finland scored twice in the second period and held off a late rally by Russia to earn a 3-2 victory. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves on 24 shots for Russia.

Canada (4) vs. Belarus (1)

Ryan O’Reilly opened up the scoring midway through the first period and Canada never relinquished its lead in a 4-1 win over Belarus.

O’Reilly also won 75 percent of his faceoffs (3-of-4) and finished with two shots in 16:21 of ice time.

Matt Duchene had six shots on goal while playing 15:27.

Austria (2) vs. Slovakia (1) – Shootout

Tomas Vanek scored in the second round of the shootout to help Austria pick up a 2-1 win over Slovakia. Avalanche prospect Thomas Pock had five shots on net in 21:23 of ice time for the Austrians.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

France (2) vs. Russia (1)

France scored two second-period goals and held off Russia for a 2-1 upset win. The loss ends Russia’s 13-game win streak.

Russia outshot France 29-19, including 11-5 in the third period, but they were unable to get a second puck into the back of the cage.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov did not play in the game, but he was the backup on the bench.

Czech Republic (2) vs. Denmark (1) – Shootout

Both teams traded goals in the third period, but the Czech Republic pulled out the win, 2-1, in a shootout over Denmark. The Czechs won the tiebreaker 3-2.

Jan Hejda played 21:27 for the Czech Republic and finished with a minus-1 rating.

Avalanche prospect and Denmark defenseman Markus Lauridsen had one shot and had a plus-1 rating in 13:01 of ice time.

Canada (3) vs. Sweden (0)

Canada scored once in the first period and two more times in the second to shutout host Sweden, 3-0.

Ryan O’Reilly had the primary assist on Canada’s third goal of the game, which was scored by Jordan Staal. O’Reilly also won three of his four faceoffs.

Matt Duchene won 60 percent (6-of-10) of his faceoffs for Canada in 16:18 of ice time.

Sweden’s Gabriel Landeskog had two shots on net while playing 16:14.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

United States (4) vs. Finland (1)

The United States scored four unanswered goals, including three in the third period, to defeat host Finland 4-1 in Helsinki.

Paul Stastny assisted on two of Craig Smith’s three goals in the game and played 19:40, the highest among forwards. He is now tied for the tournament scoring lead with seven points overall (two goals and five assists).

Defensemen Erik Johnson and Matt Hunwick each finished with plus-1 ratings in the game.

Aaron Palushaj played 11:21 and took two penalties (holding and delay of game) in the contest.

Sweden (5) vs. Norway (1)

Gabriel Landeskog picked up his first goals of the tournament and Sweden scored three times in the third period to defeat Norway 5-1.

Landeskog had two goals in the game, which also marked his first points of the world championship. His first tally gave Sweden an early 1-0 lead at 9:26 of the first period, and his second sealed the contest as he scored an empty-net goal with 3:27 remaining.

Avalanche prospect Jonas Holos had three shots on goal and played a game-high 30:11 for Norway.

Germany (2) vs. Austria (0)

Germany scored seven minutes into the second period and added an empty-net goal late to pick up a 2-0 shutout win over Austria.

Avalanche prospect Thomas Pock, playing for Austria, had two shots on goal and took a penalty for tripping in the third period.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Russia (5) vs. United States (3)

Avalanche players scored all three goals for the United States but Russia pulled ahead with two third-period goals and won 5-3.

Paul Stastny scored two goals in the game for the U.S., and now has five points in the tournament (two goals and three assists). His first goal came after he punched in a rebound in front of the Russia net, which tied the game 1-1. His second tally came 2:30 later and gave the Americans a 2-1 lead when his wrist shot found its way over the far shoulder of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and into the back of the cage.

Matt Hunwick scored his second of the tournament off a slap shot from the blue line at 7:09 of the second period, giving the United States a 3-2 lead. Aaron Palushaj picked up the assist on the goal.

Erik Johnson finished with a plus-1 rating and ended up with 12 penalty minutes.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov was a healthy scratch for Russia.

Canada (7) vs. Norway (1)

Canada scored four times in the first period and cruised to a 7-1 win over Norway.

Matt Duchene had a goal and assisted on Taylor Hall’s score, the seventh of the game for the Canadians. He had four shots on goal and finished with a plus-3 rating.

Ryan O’Reilly also assisted on Hall’s goal, and won all three faceoffs he took.

Norway’s Jonas Holos played a game-high 26:07.

Austria (6) vs. Latvia (3)

Austria scored two goals in each period and defeated Latvia 6-3 for their first win of the tournament. Avalanche prospect Thomas Pock had one assist and finished with a plus-2 rating while playing a team-high 21:02.

Denmark (3) vs. Austria (2) – Overtime

Despite being outshot 25-17 in the game, Denmark won 3-2 in overtime against Slovenia. Avs prospect Markus Lauridsen assisted on Denmark’s first goal of the contest in the second period.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Switzerland (5) vs. Czech Republic (2)

The Czech Republic scored twice in the second period to tie the game, but Switzerland found the back of the net three times in the third period to win 5-2.

Jan Hejda played 17:38 for the Czech Republic and had one shot and finished with a minus-1 rating.

Sweden (2) vs. Belarus (1)

Belarus scored late in the opening stanza but Sweden had goals in both the second and third periods to pick up a 2-1 victory.

Gabriel Landeskog played 15:55 and finished with three shots on goal. He also took a holding penalty in the third period.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

France (3) vs. Austria (1)

Avalanche prospect Thomas Pock had an assist and four shots for Austria in a 3-1 loss to France. Pock led the Austrians in ice time at 22:52.

Russia (4) vs. Germany (1)

Russia scored twice in the second period and added two more goals in the third en route to a 4-1 win over Germany

In his tournament debut, goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots in the win for Russia.

"I made a couple of saves early in the game, and that gave me some confidence, but hockey is a team sport, and you can't win games on your own,” said Varlamov, who had some help with teammate Ilya Kovalchuk scoring three goals in the contest.

Switzerland (3) vs. Canada (2) – Shootout

Switzerland tied the game with 6:46 left in regulation and then defeated Canada 3-2 after an eight-round shootout.

After Switzerland scored in the second round of the tiebreaker, Matt Duchene scored in the third round to tie the shootout 1-1. However, Duchene’s other two attempts in the shootout were denied, including in the eighth round after the Swiss scored.

Duchene, who saw 19:13 of ice time, won 71.43 percent of his faceoffs (10-of-16) in the game.

Ryan O’Reilly played 12:22 and won 81.82 percent of his draws (9-of-11).

United States (4) vs. Latvia (1)

Latvia scored 1:11 into the second period but the United States scored a minute later and added three more goals in a 4-1 victory.

Paul Stastny finished with two assists; setting up David Moss’s game-winner at 4:21 and then helping Avalanche teammate Matt Hunwick score his first of tournament with 7:39 remaining in the game. Stastny won 75 percent of his faceoffs (15-of-20) and was called for a hooking penalty late in the first period.

Hunwick finished with three shots in 15:53 of ice time.

Erik Johnson picked up his third point of the tournament with an assist on Bobby Butler’s third period goal that pushed the United States’ lead to 3-1.

Aaron Palushaj played 10:08 of the contest.

Norway (3) vs. Denmark (2)

Denmark scored twice in five minutes to tie the game in the third period before Norway picked up the go-ahead goal with 2:32 remaining and prevailed 3-2.

Jonas Holos finished with a team-high five shots for Norway while playing 25:42.

Fellow Avalanche prospect Markus Lauridsen finished with a minus-1 rating in 14:55 of ice time for Denmark.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

United States (5) vs. Austria (3)

Austria held a 2-0 lead just six minutes into the game, but the United States scored four unanswered goals and eventually won 5-3.

Defenseman Erik Johnson led the Americans with two goals. He tied the game 2-2 with a slap shot at 3:38 of the second period.

“I got a lot of wood on it, it was a hard shot through the five-hole,” Johnson said of his first tally.

His second goal came midway through the second period to stretch the Americans’ lead to 5-3.

Aaron Palushaj also scored, giving the U.S. a 4-2 advantage at 10:57 of the second period.

Paul Stastny, who was named the United States’ captain a day prior, finished with an assist and won 68 percent of his faceoffs (17-of-25).

Defenseman Matt Hunwick had two shots on goal in 13:03 of ice time and finished with a plus-1 rating.

Avalanche prospect Thomas Pock finished with two shots in 16:38 for Austria.

Norway (3) vs. Slovenia (1)

Norway scored two first-period goals and held on for a 3-1 victory over Slovenia. Jonas Holos led Norway with 29:30 of ice time and also added two shots and a penalty (tripping).

Russia (6) vs. Latvia (0)

Russia opened up the scoring midway in the first period and never let up as the defending champions won 6-0 over Latvia. Semyon Varlamov did not dress for the game.

Canada (3) vs. Denmark (1)

Matt Duchene scored two goals and Canada quickly turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 win over Denmark.

“We were just getting our feet under us,” Duchene said of Denmark taking the early lead. “It was our first game in a long time, you play almost every-other-day during the [NHL] season and having six days off is tough.”

Both goals by Duchene came off assists from Jordan Eberle, first at 10:15 of the second period to tie the game 1-1 and then at 7:03 of the third period to give Canada a 3-1 lead. Duchene, who scored on both of his shots, also won 60 percent of his faceoffs (6-of-10) in the contest.

Ryan O’Reilly had one shot on goal in 12:42 of ice time.

Avalanche prospect Markus Lauridsen played 18:02 and had one shot and a penalty (delay of game) for Denmark.

Sweden (2) vs. Czech Republic (1)

Sweden scored the first two goals of the game and held off a rally by the Czech Republic for a 2-1 win – their first of the tournament.

Sweden’s Gabriel Landeskog took one shot in 14:39 and also took penalties in the second period for charging and high sticking.

Czech defenseman Jan Hejda had one shot and was a minus-2 in the 20:10 of ice time.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Czech Republic (2) vs. Belarus (0)

The Czech Republic scored midway in the first period and added another tally in the third period to pick up a 2-0 win over Belarus in their first game of the tournament. Defenseman Jan Hejda played 15:03 in the contest for the Czech Republic.

Switzerland (3) vs. Sweden (2)

Switzerland opened up the second period with two goals and held off a comeback by host nation Sweden en route to a 3-2 victory in Friday’s night contest in Stockholm.

Sweden was able to get within one goal, 2-1, late in the second period, but Switzerland added to their lead with an empty-net tally late in the final stanza. Sweden ended up picking up a goal with the extra attacker with 22 second remaining.

Gabriel Landeskog had one shot on net in 11:43 of ice time for Sweden and took a kneeing penalty late in the first period. He was not on the ice for any of Switzerland’s three goals.

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