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World Championship Update: May 20

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
In a Quarterfinal Round rematch from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Russia and Canada met up Thursday at the 2010 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Germany. Back in February, the Canadians topped Russia by a 7-3 count on their way to the gold medal, but this time it was Russia that sent Canada packing with a 5-2 victory.

In the process, Kyle Cumiskey and Matt Duchene became the final two Avalanche players to be eliminated from the event.

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Cumiskey and Duchene paired up to produce Canada’s second goal of the game, as Cumiskey earned the primary assist on Duchene’s fourth tally of the tournament at the 19:46 mark of the final frame.

Duchene, playing at the World Championship for the first time, finished tied for second on the team with seven points (4g/3a) in seven contests. The center led Team Canada with a +5 plus/minus rating and finished second in goals while averaging 15:15 of ice time.

Cumiskey, also seeing his first action at the World Championship, was named Canada’s Best Player of the Game in Thursday’s loss to Russia after gaining an assist in 15:12 of ice time. The defenseman finished the tournament with three assists in seven contests while logging 13:58 of ice time per contest.

With the loss, Team Canada finished the event ranked seventh overall.

Five Others From Avalanche Organization
In addition to Cumiskey and Duchene, four other Avalanche players and one prospect competed in Germany at the 2010 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

Peter Budaj: The netminder saw a heavy workload at the Worlds, starting all six of Slovakia’s games. Overall, Budaj posted a 2-4 record with a 2.76 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage  in 282:40 of work as Slovakia earned a 12th place finish at the event.  It was the second appearance at the IIHF Men’s World Championship for Budaj, as he suited up in one game for Slovakia at the 2008 tournament.

T.J. Galiardi: After claiming the silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the United States struggled at the World Championship. Team USA lost its first three games (two in overtime) and was sent to the Relegation Round. There, the squad won three consecutive contests to maintain its spot in the event’s top division in 2011. Coming off a strong rookie season with the Avalanche, Galiardi logged 17:14 of ice time per game for the Americans and contributed three assists. He held a +1 plus/minus rating through six games and also led his club with eight penalty minutes. Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco was also part of Team USA, serving as an assistant coach.

Jonas Holos: If you’ve followed Holos at all since the Avalanche selected him at the 2008 Entry Draft, it should come as no surprise that he logged some major minutes for Team Norway. Just like he did at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Holos will likely finish as the World Championship’s leader in average time on ice. The defense prospect logged 27:45 per game and had two points (1g/1a) in six contests as Norway just missed out on gaining a berth in the Quarterfinal Round, finishing ninth overall at the event.

Ruslan Salei: An international veteran who has played for his country at the 1998, 2002 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Salei was representing Belarus at the World Championship for the sixth time (1998, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010). Serving as Belarus’ captain, Salei led the team by averaging 24:59 of ice time in six contests. He recorded a goal, an assist and a team-high eight penalty minutes as Belarus finished 10th at the tournament.

Marek Svatos: Having previously represented Slovakia at the Olympic Games, the World Junior Championship and the World Under-18 Championship, the forward made his first appearance at the IIHF Men’s World Championship.  Svatos totaled two points (1g/1a) in six games and was named Slovakia’s Best Player of the Game during the country’s final Qualification Round contest against Germany. In that contest, he netted his team’s lone goal and recorded three shots on net in 19:26 of ice time during Slovakia’s 2-1 loss to the host country.
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