CALGARY, AB -- Jiri Hudler and Johnny Gaudreau are set to go head-to-head.
Hudler and the Czech Republic will face Gaudreau and the United States in quarterfinal action in the 2014 IIHF World Championship on Thursday.
The 30-year-old Hudler helped the Czech Republic (2-2-2-1) finish third in Group A with 12 points. Canada (5-1-1-0) and Sweden (5-1-1-0) both finished with 18 points. He collected one goal, four points and a plus-1 rating while averaging 15:37 of ice time in seven round robin games.
Gaudreau’s United States (4-1-0-2) finished second in Group B with 14 points. The 20-year-old recorded a tournament-leading eight assists en route to a 10-point performance in the round robin. The reigning Hobey Baker Award winner also added a plus-2 rating while averaging 16:27 of action through the opening seven games.
Mikael Backlund and Sweden will face off against Belarus in their quarterfinal matchup. Backlund, 25, finished the round robin tied for seventh in tournament goal scoring with four. He also had an assist and a plus-3 rating while averaging 17:12 of action.
Canada, featuring Sean Monahan, will face Finland after earning first place in Group A. Monahan finished round robin action with two assists and a plus-3 rating while averaging 8:18 of ice time while dressing in all seven games.
Switzerland (3-0-1-3) failed to qualify for quarterfinal action after finishing fifth in Group B. Sven Baertschi finished without recording a point after sustaining an upper-body injury in Switzerland’s 5-0 loss to Russia in the tournament opener.