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World Championship Update: May 16

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
A total of six games were played Sunday at the 2010 IIHF Men’s World Championship, with four Avalanche players and one prospect hitting the ice.

Team USA Wins Again
The Americans moved one step closer to avoiding relegation by topping France, 4-0, today. It was Team USA’s fifth victory in six career meetings with France at the World Championship.

Avalanche forward T.J. Galiardi assisted on a T.J. Oshie goal in the third period to extend the United States’ lead to 3-0. Galiardi also had one shot on goal in 17:37 of ice time. In five games at the event, Galiardi has totaled three assists and a +2 plus/minus rating while averaging 17:20 of ice time per game.

Next Up For Team USA: The Americans will play their third and final Relegation Round contest Tuesday against Italy.

Norway Falls to Latvia
Playing without its suspended captain, Tommy Jakobsen, Team Norway was blanked by Latvia, 5-0. All five Latvian goals came in the third period, with the first tally finally coming after 42:06 of scoreless play. Norway has now lost its first two games in the Qualification Round after winning two of its three contests during Preliminary Round action.

Avalanche prospect Jonas Holos was named Norway’s Best Player of the Game after skating for a game-high 27:25 and totaling three shots on goal. The defenseman is leading all players at the event by averaging 27:24 of ice time per game.

Next Up For Norway: Norway’s final Qualification Round contest will come Monday against Switzerland, and the club will almost certainly need a victory if it hopes to advance to the Quarterfinal Round.

Belarus Earns Overtime Win
Ruslan Salei and Belarus pulled out a 2-1 overtime victory over Germany, but despite the victory, Belarus no longer has a chance to advance to the quarterfinals. Belarus owns two points and trails Germany (four points) and Slovakia (three points) for the fourth and final advancing spot in Group E. Germany and Slovakia play each other on Tuesday, meaning one of those teams will gain at least two points (Slovakia holds the tie-breaker over Belarus), leaving Belarus on the outside looking in.

Salei skated for 24:42 and totaled two shots on goal in the victory.

Next Up For Belarus: Salei and Belarus will play their final game at the 2010 IIHF Men’s World Championship on Monday against Denmark.

Sweden Tops Canada
Kyle Cumiskey, Matt Duchene and Team Canada fell to Sweden by a 3-1 count on Sunday. Sweden jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Brooks Laich scored Canada’s lone goal at 6:57 of the final frame.

Duchene totaled three shots on goal in 16:02 of ice time. The Avalanche forward has recorded five points (2g/3a) and a team-best +5 plus/minus rating in five games at the tournament.

Cumiskey had one shot on net in 11:27 of ice time. The blueliner has two assists in five World Championship contests.

Next Up For Canada: Team Canada, which currently occupies the No. 3 spot in Group F with six points, will play its final Qualification Round contest on Tuesday against the Czech Republic. It will be a big contest for both sides, as the Czech Republic presently sits in the No. 4 spot in Group F with three points.

What’s On Tap
A total of four games will be played Monday, with four representatives from the Avalanche organization in action.

Peter Budaj, Marek Svatos and Slovakia will take on Finland, while Holos and Team Norway will face Switzerland. Later in the day, Salei and Belarus will square off against Denmark.

Standings: Click here for the updated Qualification Round standings.

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