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WCH: Europe, Canada meet in World Cup of Hockey Final

Streit, Bellemare, Giroux to play for World title this week in Toronto

by @NHLFlyers

After 12 years, this week will see another World Cup of Hockey championship take place as Team Canada will face off against Team Europe beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 29 with Game 2 on Thursday, Sept. 29 and, if necessary, a decisive Game 3 on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Europe posted a thrilling overtime victory on Sunday, 3-2, over Sweden to continue their run throughout the tournament. Flyers defenseman Mark Streit was a +1 in the game while logging 15:42 of ice time and leading the team with three blocked shots.

His Flyers teammate, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, had three shots on goal and led players on both teams with four hits in the game while recording 13:09 of ice time, including 2:21 shorthanded.

Bellemare and Streit have appeared in all seven games in the tournament for Europe. Including all rounds, Team Europe holds a record of 4-3-0, but has won four of their last five games.

They will now faced the heavily favored Team Canada, who has rolled through the tournament, going 6-1-0, and after dropping their first preliminary game to the USA, they have won six straight and outscored the opposition, 27-10, heading into the Finals.

Claude Giroux appeared in all three games in the preliminary action and one of the four tournament games for Canada, which was the club's only meeting of the tournament against Europe. Giroux was named third star of the game with three hits, two takeaways and 15:50 of ice time.

FINALS (best-of-three)
Tuesday, Sept. 27: Europe vs. Canada (8 p.m., ESPN)
Thursday, Sept. 29: Canada vs. Europe (8 p.m., ESPN2)
*Saturday, Oct. 1: Europe vs. Canada (7 p.m., ESPN2)
*if necessary

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