Five Coyotes players will play in Sunday’s IIHF World Championship Final in Switzerland when Canada takes on Russia.
Russia beat the U.S., 3-2, in the early semifinal game on Friday. Canada defeated Sweden, 3-1, in the later semifinal.
In a rematch of last year’s IIHF championship game, which Russia won 5-4 in overtime, Phoenix forwards Shane Doan
, Scottie Upshall and Matthew Lombardi will represent Canada. Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and defenseman Dmitri Kalinin will take the ice for Russia.
For Doan, it will be his fifth appearance in the IIHF gold-medal game and his third as a captain for Canada. Doan has won two gold medals and two silver medals in his previous appearances.
Lombardi will be playing in his second gold-medal game. He won a gold medal in 2007. Upshall will be making his first appearance in an IIHF title game.
|Russian teammates Ilya Bryzgalov (left) and Dmitri Kalinin, both Coyotes, congratulate each other after a victory at the IIHF World Championship. |
Bryzgalov, who has stopped 147 of 160 shots in six games, also will be making his debut appearance in an IIHF title game. Kalinin, who won a gold medal last year, will be playing in his third IIHFgold-medal game.
Both teams have had pretty smooth rides to the championship game.
Canada defeated Belarus, Hungary and Slovakia in the Preliminary Round, outscoring those teams 22-4. Russia defeated Germany, France and Switzerland in the first round with relative ease.
In the Qualifying Round, Russia beat Sweden in overtime, the U.S. and Latvia. Canada lost to Finland, but beat the Czech Republic and Norway to advance to the Playoff Round.
Russia defeated Belarus in the quarterfinals. Canada beat Latvia in the quarterfinals.