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World Championships: Canada eliminated by Finland in Quarterfinals

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Canada's hopes of a medal at the World Championships were lost today as they dropped a heart-breaker to Finland in the Quarterfinals in Belarus.

Finland posted two unanswered goals in the third period, including the game-winner with just over three minutes remaining, to take a 3-2 victory and move into the semifinals.

Trailing 1-0 after the first period, Matt Read helped Canada get on the board with an assist on Kyle Turris' goal.

Read finished his second World Championship tournament with five points (2g-3a) in eight games with a plus-2 rating while averaging just over 16 minutes per game.

Brayden Schenn had three shots on goal, not including a first period shot that hit the post, in the loss and ended his first tournament with  three goals and four points, playing mostly on a line with Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau.

Braydon Coburn also appeared in all eight games, going scoreless and averaging just under 20-minutes per-game on the blue line in his second World Championship, but first in four years.

Russia will face off against Sweden in the semis with the Czech Republic taking on Finland in the other half of the bracket to determine the gold medal game.

MAY 20

Team Canada is rolling at the World Championships in Belarus as they head into the quarterfinals of tournament.

After posting a 3-2 victory over Norway today, Canada finished the preliminary round with six straight wins and sits atop the Group A standings with a 6-0-1 record for 18 points in a tie with Sweden, who they own the tie-breaker after defeating them head-to-head on Sunday.

They are also in an overall tie in the tournament with Russia, who owns a perfect 6-0-0 mark having played one less game.

Brayden Schenn posted his third goal of the tournament to help kick off a comeback victory over Sweden on Sunday. He now has four points (3g-1a) and a plus-2 rating, while averaging 15:40 of ice-time thus far.


All three Flyers participants for Canada have appeared in all seven games of the tournament.

Matt Read has four points (2g-2a), while Braydon Coburn is averaging over 20 minutes per game (20:01) with his ice-time increasing over his last four contests.

Canada will now head into the elimination portion of the tournament with the Quarterfinals set to begin on Thursday where they will play the fourth seed in the bracket -- either Latvia or Finland.

They will be looking for their first medal at the World Championships since 2009 when they captured silver, and first gold since they won the tournament in 2007.

MAY 17
Recording their second 6-1 victory on back-to-back days, Brayden Schenn scored his second goal of the tournament as Team Canada defeated Italy to move to 4-0-1 in the World Championships today.

Matt Read found the scoresheet for the second straight game, recording an assist in the contest to bring his total to four points (2g-2a) in five games thus far, while posting a +4 rating.

Canada has scored 22 goals through five games, compared to giving up just nine. Watch Brayden Schenn's goal below...

MAY 16

Matt Read helped lead Team Canada to a 6-1 victory over Denmark with a pair of goals on Thursday in Minsk, Belarus at the World Championships on Thursday.

Read posted two goals, 1:53 apart, including the second one shorthanded, for his first and second goals of the tournament. He finished the game with four shots, a plus-2 rating and a total of 17:40 time-on-ice.


He now has three points (2g-1a) and a plus-4 rating in four games, while Flyers teammates Brayden Schenn (1g) and Braydon Coburn have also appeared in all four games for Canada, who improved its record to 3-0-1 and 10 points.

They are one point shy of Erik Gustafsson and Team Sweden, who earned a 2-1 win over France to remain perfect (4-0-0) and lead Group A in the tournament thus far.

Gustafsson has appeared in three of the four games, averaging 17:36 of ice time.

MAY 13

Matt Read recorded his first point of the tournament with the primary assist on Kyle Turris's goal as Canada held on for a 4-3 win over the Czech Republic in Day 4 of action at the World Championships.

Read logged his most minutes of the tournament, recording 18:22 of ice-time on 28 shifts in the victory.

Braydon Coburn and Brayden Schenn were held scoreless, as Canada improved its record to 2-0-1 and sits atop Group A with seven points.

Flyers prospect Marcel Noebels got on the board, recording his first goal on the tournament to help lead Germany to a 3-2 victory over Latvia on Sunday. Noebels and Germany are a perfect 2-0-0 and are in action today as they take on Finland.

Erik Gustafsson and the defending champions, Sweden, are also 2-0-0 through the first two games of the tournament, and are in action today as they face Norway.

Noebels fights for a puck against Latvia

MAY 10

Erik Gustafsson recorded 25 shifts and 18:15 of ice-time, and was a plus-1 as Sweden opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Denmark.

Oliver Lauridsen had the third-most ice time for Denmark in the loss, logging just over 20 minutes in the game (20:03).

Team Canada posted their first win of the tournament with a 4-1 win over Slovakia.

Brayden Schenn was scoreless in 16:38 of ice time, while Matt Read and Braydon Coburn also were held off the scoresheet.


The first day of action in Belarus brought some suspense as France defeated Canada in a shootout, 3-2.

Brayden Schenn recorded his first World Championship goal in his first game, scoring on the power play late in the first period to tied the game at 1-1.

Overall, Schenn had 13 minutes of ice time in the game, recording three shots, while Matt Read recorded 17:41 of ice time in 26 shifts and recorded a plus-1 for the game. He participated in the shootout, but missed in his attempt.

Defenseman Braydon Coburn logged 21:41 of time-on-ice and tied the team high with 35 shifts in the game.

No other Flyers were in action on Day 1, but Saturday's action will see defenseman Erik Gustafsson and Team Sweden face off against Denmark.


Hockey Canada announced today that Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn has been added to Team Canada's roster for the 2014 World Championships in Belarus.

He joins fellow teammates Matt Read and Brayden Schenn on the squad, which begins play this Friday.

This is Coburn's fourth time representing Canada on the world stage, and second time competing the World Championships after appearing in the 2009 tournament where he had one assist in five games.

Coburn has also competed in the World Junior Championships for Team Canada, earning a gold medal in 2005 and silver medal in 2004.

Also added to the tournament is defenseman Erik Gustafsson, who helped lead Sweden to the gold medal last year, his first time representing his country.

Sweden opens tournament play on Saturday, May 10 when they face off against Denmark, who will also feature a member of the Flyers organization -- defensive prospect Oliver Lauridsen, who will compete in his second consecutive World Championships.

Rounding out the Flyers list of participants is prospect Marcel Noebels, who will play for Germany. He has spent the last two seasons with the Adirondack Phantoms and was selected in the fourth round (118th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Flyers.

MAY 4:
Hockey Canada announced today that Flyers forwards Matt Read and Brayden Schenn will join Team Canada's roster at the 2014 World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

The tournament is set to kick off on May 9 with Canada facing off against France, and will run through May 25.

Read enters the world stage for Team Canada for the second consecutive year, after appearing in eight games in the 2013 World Championships in Finland and Sweden where he recorded a goal and two assists.

Schenn will be competing in the World Championships for the first time in his career, but represents Canada for the third time after appearing in the 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championships.

He posted eight points (2g-8a) in six games to earn a silver medal in 2010, and added another eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points in just seven games in 2011 to win a second silver medal.

The Flyers also have another representative for Hockey Canada. Assistant GM and Director of Hockey Operations, Ron Hextall was named the assistant general manager of the team on Mar. 26.

Rosters of additional countries are expected to be announced in the coming days…

In 2013, Read was one of four Flyers to compete in the tournament for Team Canada, joined by Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Luke Schenn.

Overall, the Flyers had 10 representatives in the tournament, including defenseman Erik Gustafsson, who for the first time representing Sweden, helped lead them to the gold medal.

He finished the tournament appearing in all 10 games for Sweden, posting two points (1g-1a), including a goal in the gold medal game, and an average of nearly 24 minutes per-game (23:59), while also tying for the team lead in plus-minus at +7.

Watch his goal in the tournament below…

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