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Worlds Update: Nine Flyers head to tournament round at Worlds

News, Notes & schedule for the quarterfinals as quest for gold begins

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

With the preliminary rounds ending on Tuesday, the quest for gold begins at the 2017 IIHF World Championships with nine Flyers still in the mix.

The quarterfinal round, which after a day off, will begin on Thursday in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France.  

UPDATED: QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE
Cologne, Germany
QF 1: USA vs. Finland, 10:15 am ET
QF 3: Canada vs. Germany, 2:15 pm ET

Paris, France
QF 2: Russia vs. Czech Republic, 10:15 am ET 
QF 4: Switzerland vs. Sweden, 2:15 pm ET

CANADA

Team Canada earned a 5-2 win over Finland in their preliminary finale bringing their record to 6-0-1, and with 19 points, finish atop the standings of any team in the tournament. 

The Canadians now face off against Germany, who took a winner-take-all victory in their last game of the round with a 4-3 shootout win over Latvia.

Serving as captain of Team Canada, Claude Giroux finished with six points (2g-4a) and a plus-5 rating appearing in all seven games.

Playing in his first World Championships, rookie Travis Konecny finished fourth on the team with seven points, all of which were assists, while also posting a plus-minus rating of plus-6. His seven helpers also tied for the team lead.

Brayden Schenn (1g-0a) and Wayne Simmonds (0g-2a) also appeared in all seven games, while Sean Couturier missed the first two games of the tournament, but played in each of the last five outings, recording one assist.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

The Czech Republic dropped a 3-1 decision to Switzerland in their final game to bring their record to 5-2-0 and 13 points. 

Although they already had qualified for the tournament round, the game held positional significance as the Swiss locked up the No. 2 seed by finishing with a 5-0-2 record with two overtime/shooting wins for 15 points, four behind Canada.

Flyers Jakub Voracek and Radko Gudas were held scoreless in the contest, but made key contributions throughout the tournament. Voracek finished second on the team in scoring with a goal and five assists for six points, while Gudas finished with three points (2g-1a), including a game-winning goal. Gudas also finished second on the team with 19 shots on goal through the seven games.

The Czechs now face off against Russia in the quarterfinals.

 

FINLAND

After their loss to Canada, Finland now takes on the United States, who were winners of Group A and finished one point behind Canada with 18 points for first overall in the tournament.

Finland went 4-2-1 in the preliminary rounds with Flyers forward Valtteri Filppula recording four points (2g-2a) in seven games. Filppula has been recently been serving as an alternate captain of Finland.

 

FRANCE

France went 4-3-0 in the tournament with two wins in overtime/shootout to bring their total points to 10. As a result, they did not qualify for the tournament round, falling short by just one point.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare recorded four points with a pair of goals and assists while also recording a plus-4 in the seven games.

Bellemare was appearing in his ninth World Championship for France and has now played 60 games in total, adding 34 points (13g-21a) to his international competition resume.

 

RUSSIA

Ivan Provorov and Russia fell to the United States in a battle for first place in Group A, by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday. 

Russia finishes in the #2 slot for the tournament after posting a 6-1-0 record for 17 points. Russia also outscored the competition, 35-10, leading all teams with the most goals through seven games of the preliminary round. 

Provorov has appeared in all seven games thus far in his first Worlds tournament where he has posted three assists.

The Russians now face off against Voracek, Gudas and the Czech Republic in the quarters.

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