BELLEMARE LEADS FRANCE OVER HUNGARY
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare recorded three assists as France topped Hungary, 6-2, in the IIHF World Championships on Tuesday.
The victory gives France a 2-1-0 record after opening the tournament with a 3-2 win in a shootout over Germany, but suffering a 5-1 loss at the hands of Slovakia on Sunday.
With his three assists, Bellemare is tied for the team lead in points so far in the tournament while also averaging 18 minutes of ice-time per-game, and increase of nearly five minutes from this past season with the Flyers.
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France now plays perhaps the biggest game of their tournament thus far when they take on the USA on Thursday.MARTI ENTERS THE TOURNAMENT
Defenseman Christian Marti appeared in his first ever World Championship game today as Switzerland walked away with a 5-4 win over Latvia.
Marti posted one shot on goal and logged 6:30 of ice time in the victory for the Swiss, who are 2-0-2 and have had all four of their games decided by one goal and three past regulation play.
Up next, Marti and Switzerland take on the host country of Russia on Saturday.
MARTI CHECKS A DEFENDER INTO THE BOARDS IN HIS 1ST GAME FOR THE SWISS
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BELLEMARE, MARTI TO PARTICIPATE IN IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) begins it’s annual World Championships on Friday in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia with two members of the Flyers organization participating.
For France, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare will be in action after missing last year’s tournament due to an injury, which was just the second time since 2003 that he has not played for France at Worlds.
Bellemare completed his second season with the team and inked a multi-year deal with the Flyers in March of 2015. He posted a career high 14 points with seven goals and seven assists, both of which were also career highs. He also led all Flyers forwards, and ranked third on the entire team, in shorthanded time-on-ice this past season at 2:35 per game.
For Switzerland, defenseman Christian Marti will take to the ice at Worlds. Marti signed an entry-level deal with the Flyers on May 1, 2015 and primarily spent time with the club’s AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley where he recorded one assist and 10 penalty minutes in 27 games. He also appeared in two games with the club’s ECHL affiliate, the Reading Royals.
Last year a trio of Flyers won gold as Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn helped lead Canada to the title.
The tournament is slated to begin on Friday, but both Bellemare and Marti won’t play until Saturday, with France taking on Germany and Switzerland playing Kazakhstan.