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World Championship Update: May 10

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The United States, featuring T.J. Galiardi and Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco (serving as an assistant coach for the team) fell again Tuesday at the IIHF Men’s World Championship, while Kyle Cumiskey, Matt Duchene and Team Canada rolled to a victory over Latvia.

USA Downed In OT Again
Galiardi, Sacco and the United States fell in overtime for the second straight game, dropping a 2-1 decision to an upstart Denmark club after Stefan Lassen scored the game-winning goal 2:04 into the extra session.

It marked the first time since 2003 that the USA has lost its first two games at the World Championship. Team USA also lost its opener at this year’s event to host country Germany by a 2-1 count in overtime.

Galiardi held a -1 plus/minus rating in 17:14 of ice time for the Americans. He also took a minor penalty for delay of game during the second period that led to Denmark’s first tally.

Next Up For Team USA: The United States will close out round-robin play Wednesday with a big contest against Finland. The top three teams from each group advance to the medal round. Team USA holds two points courtesy of taking both losses to overtime, while Finland owns three points after defeating Germany today. The Germans currently sit at two points and face Denmark on Wednesday.

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Canada Crushes Latvia
The Canadian squad remained perfect at the event with a 6-1 victory over Latvia on Monday. Special teams played a big role in the win, as Canada scored its first four goals on the power play.

Kyle Cumiskey picked up an assist on Canada’s third power-play tally of the evening, which was netted by Mark Giordano. Cumiskey, who skated for 13:08 in Monday’s victory, now has two assists in two games for Team Canada. Matt Duchene, meanwhile, was held without a shot in 17:15 of ice time.

Next Up For Canada: The Canadians will finish out the round-robin portion of the tournament Wednesday against Switzerland. Team Canada – which also downed Italy by a 5-1 score on Saturday –has already booked its ticket to the qualification round with its two preliminary-round victories.

What’s On Tap
Three Avalanche players and one prospect will hit the ice Tuesday at the IIHF Men’s World Championship.

Norway/Czech Republic: Avalanche defense prospect Jonas Holos and his Norway teammates will look to improve upon their chances of gaining a berth in the qualification round. Holos notched an assist in Norway’s first game at the event, a 5-2 loss to Sweden on Sunday. The Czech Republic picked up a victory in their opener by topping France, 6-2.

Slovakia/Belarus: Three Avalanche players will take part in this game, with Peter Budaj and Marek Svatos playing for Slovakia and Ruslan Salei skating for Belarus. Slovakia lost its opener to Russia by a 3-1 count on Sunday, while Belarus began the tournament with a 5-2 triumph over Kazakhstan.
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