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World Championship Update: May 15

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Only one country featuring Avalanche representatives was in action Saturday at the 2010 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Germany.

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USA Dominates Kazakhstan
Playing in the Relegation Round after gaining just two points in the Preliminary Round, T.J. Galiardi and Team USA made a statement today by pounding Kazakhstan, 10-0. The Americans scored four times in the first period and added five more in the middle frame en route to victory.

Galiardi assisted on goals by Kyle Okposo and Matt Gilroy in the first period for his first two points of the tournament. The Avalanche forward held a +3 plus/minus rating and recorded one shot on goal in 17:19 of ice time today.

Next Up For Team USA: The Americans continue Relegation Round play tomorrow against France.

What’s On Tap
Three Avalanche players and one prospect will take part in the Qualification Round on Sunday.

Latvia/Norway: Norway and Avalanche prospect Jonas Holos will likely be favored in this one. Norway finished the Preliminary Round with a 2-1 record, while Latvia went 1-2. Both teams lost their Qualification Round opener, with Norway falling to Canada, 12-1, and Latvia dropping a 4-2 decision to Sweden. Norway, however, will be without the services of its captain, Tommy Jakobsen. The defenseman, who ranks second on the club by averaging 24:09 of ice time (trailing only Holos’ 27:24), has been suspended for the remainder of the tournament  for an abuse-of-official incident in Friday’s Norway-Canada game.

Ruslan Salei and Belarus posted three points in the Preliminary Round to take the No. 3 seed in Group A, while the host Germans captured the No. 2 seed in Group D by earning five points with a regulation victory and an overtime win. Belarus is coming off a 2-0 loss to Finland in its first Qualification Round contest.

Canada/Sweden: Kyle Cumiskey, Matt Duchene and Team Canada are coming off a convincing 12-1 thumping of Norway in the Qualification Round opener for both teams. Things likely won’t be as easy on Sunday, as the Canadian squad takes on a tough Sweden team that won its group in Preliminary Round play.

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