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World Championship: Pokka earns silver, Panarin claims bronze

by Emerald Gao / Chicago Blackhawks
Artemi Panarin celebrates with his linemates after netting a goal against Team USA at Worlds. (Getty Images)

Two Blackhawks representatives skated away with medals as the 2016 IIHF World Championship came to a close on Sunday in Moscow. In the bronze medal game, Artemi Panarin and Team Russia breezed past the United States, scoring the first four goals of the game in an eventual 7-2 win. Then, Canada emerged victorious from a tightly fought gold medal contest that held the slimmest of margins until the dying seconds, when an empty-netter gave the defending champions a 2-0 final tally. The Finns, including defenseman Ville Pokka, captured silver.

Here’s how the Blackhawks did on the last day of Worlds:

Artemi Panarin (RUS): After being kept off the scoresheet through the first two medal rounds, Panarin ended the tournament with an outstanding performance, logging a goal and two assists in the bronze medal game. He finished with 15 points (6G, 9A) in 10 games, second overall only to linemate Vadim Shipachyov’s 18 points.

Tyler Motte (USA): Motte once again skated with University of Michigan teammates J.T. Compher and Dylan Larkin, and took one shot on goal in 15:36 of ice time. He finished the tournament with three points (1G, 2A) in 10 games.

Vincent Hinostroza (USA): Hinostroza was scratched for the bronze medal game; he finished with three points (1G, 2A) in nine outings.

Ville Pokka (FIN): Tasked with shutting down Canada’s top forwards, Pokka had a strong outing in the defensive end, logging 20:02 of ice time, second online to blue-line partner Esa Lindell. The 21-year-old, who was named Rockford’s Best Defenseman this past season, averaged 15:58 per game during the tournament and posted two helpers.

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