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KALININ LEADS RUSSIA TO IIHF VICTORY

by Russell Brooks / Arizona Coyotes
Coyotes defenseman Dmitri Kalinin scored two goals for Russia on Thursday at the IIHF World Championship in Switzerland. Kalinin scored his second goal of the game with 56 seconds left in overtime to lift Russia to a 6-5 victory over Sweden.


Russia is 4-0 in the tournament. Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov earned his third win on Thursday. He has stopped 90 of 97 shots in three games.

Meanwhile, captain Shane Doan had two assists for Canada on Thursday in its 5-1 victory over the Czech Republic. Doan has a goal and four assists in four games.

Forward Mikkel Boedker (Denmark) and goalie Al Montoya (U.S.) play on Friday.

PLAYING FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Coyotes have three prospects in the junior leagues who are playing in championship series.

Forward Colin Long and defenseman Michael Stone are playing for the Western Hockey League championship for different teams.

Long was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and is the captain of the Kelowna Rockets, who have defeated the Kamloops Blazers, Tri-City Americans and Vancouver Giants in their quest for the WHL title. In 13 games this postseason, Long has two goals and 11 assists.

Photo by Mark Rogers/Calgary Hitmen
Stone, who was selected in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, plays for the Calgary Hitmen, who have cruised through the playoffs without a loss in their first three rounds. The Hitmen have defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings, Lethbridge Hurricanes and Brandon Wheat Kings in their pursuit of the Ed Chynoweth Cup, given to the champion of the WHL. Stone has two goals and eight assists in 12 games this postseason.

The winner of the WHL championship will play in the Memorial Cup, which pits the three Canadian hockey league champions and Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in a round-robin tournament.

Goalie Brett Bennett will play in the Clark Cup Finals for the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League. Bennett, who was selected by the Coyotes in the fifth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, collected 35 wins in the regular season for Indiana. The Ice take on the Fargo Force in the Finals.

Bennett has committed to play at the University of Wisconsin for next season.


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