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Voracek, Czech Republic Win Gold at World Championships

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets
Jakub Voracek

The Columbus Blue Jackets had two players, forward Jakub Voracek (Czech Republic) and defenseman Kris Russell (Canada) participate in the 2010 World Championships in Cologne and Mannheim, Germany.

Voracek and Team Czech Republic defeated Team Russia 2-1 Sunday to claim the Gold Medal. Voracek had two shots on goal and was a +1 in the game. He finished the tournament with 0-2-2, +1 plus/minues, six penalty minutes and 18 shots on goal in nine games.

The Czechs advanced to the Gold Medal game by beating Team Sweden in dramatic fashion on Saturday, scoring an extra attacker goal with eight seconds left and winning in a shootout to advance to Sunday's Final vs. Russia. Voracek was on the ice in the final seconds and picked up an assist on the game-tying goal. Czech Republic team defeated Finland 2-1 in the Quarterfinals on Thursday.

Team Canada was elminated by Russia 5-2  in the Quarterfinals. Russell finished the tournament with 1-3-4, a -2 rating, 2 penalty minutes and 13 shots on goal. His lone goal was a power play goal and the game-winning goal in the tournament opener for Canada.

Russell and Voracek squared off May 18 with Czech Republic winning a 3-2 game at Mannheim. Russell had one shot on goal, while Voracek registered two shots on goal and accumulated four penalty minutes.

During the first round of games, Team Czech Republic defeated Team France 6-2. Voracek logged 15:40 of ice time in his first World Championship experience and registered one shot on goal. The Czech Republic lost 3-2 to Team Norway. Voracek registered four shots on goal and played over 16 minutes in the defeat. He registered his first point with an assist in a 3-2 loss to Team Switzerland last Saturday. Czech Republic defeated Sweden 2-1 in the final game of the opening round. Voracek registered four shots on goal last Tuesday in a 3-1 victory over Team Latvia.

Kris Russel

Canada defeated Team Italy 5-1 in the teams' first game. Russell scored a power-play goal, which turned out to be the game-winning goal in that contest. He also had three shots on goal during the game.

Russell added two assists and two shots on goal in a victory over Latvia, Canada won the game 6-1 and then completed the preliminary round Wednesday with a 4-1 loss to Switzerland. Russell had one shot on goal in the game.

Canada defeated Norway 12-1 in the first game of the Qualifying Round. Russell added one assist and two penalty minutes vs. the Norweigns. Sweden defeated Canada 3-1 in thr opening round and he had four shots on goal.

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