GLENDALE – Russia defeated Finland, 5-2, on Sunday to win the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.
For the five Coyotes who participated, the tournament was fun yet frustrating; none of them earned a medal.
“Everybody knows the challenges coming into this tournament, and our expectations are still the same: to win the tournament,” Coyotes/Canada Head Coach Dave Tippett told reporters after the Canadians were eliminated by Finland in the quarterfinals. “And when you don’t win the tournament, it’s frustrating.”
Team Canada, which won the gold medal at the Olympics in February, fielded a much younger team in this event. None of the 2014 Olympians were on the roster.
"This year was certainly a challenge because of when the tournament started and the NHL season ending when it did … and with players being off for three weeks,” Tippett said. “The tournament started later because of the Olympic break."
Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy enjoyed his time playing for Team USA, which was bumped from the tournament in the quarterfinals by Czech Republic.
“Overall the tournament was a great experience,” Murphy said. “The crowds and atmosphere surrounding the tournament was really cool to see. For our team, the staff, coaches and players were all great people and a close group, making the three weeks a lot of fun. With that being said, it's never a great feeling leaving a tournament without a medal. We felt confident in our potential to make it into the medal rounds, but unfortunately we fell short to a talented Czech team in a close game.”
Coyotes prospect Andy Miele also played for Team USA, while forward Mikkel Boedker competed for Demark and prospect Tobias Rider played for Germany. Neither Denmark nor Germany advanced beyond the preliminary round.
Mikkel Boedker: 7 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 4 PTS, +2, 2 PIM
Andy Miele: 4 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 PTS, 0, 4 PIM
Connor Murphy: 5 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 PTS, -1, 0 PIM
Tobias Rieder: 7 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 PTS, -4, 0 PIM