PETERS, CANADA WIN GOLD, FAULK, TEAM USA CLAIM BRONZEMonday, May 18
Justin Faulk, Anton Khudobin and head coach Bill Peters are leaving Prague, Czech Republic, with medals in hand, as the 2015 IIHF World Championship wrapped up on Sunday.
Team Canada, which featured an all-star squad and Peters behind the bench as one of three assistant coaches, rolled Russia 6-1 in the gold medal game. The Canadians finished the tournament with a perfect 10-0 record, outscoring their opponents 66-15. Khudobin and the Russians settled for silver after topping Team USA 4-0 to advance to the gold medal game.
Team USA bested the Czech Republic 3-0 in front of a heavily partial crowd in the bronze medal game, marking the second medal in three years for the American squad. As was routinely the case throughout the tournament, Faulk skated in a team-high 23:06 of ice time and was a plus-1 in the bronze medal-clinching victory.
SEMIFINALS SET: THREE CANES, COACH PETERS STILL IN ITFriday, May 15
The semifinals are set in the 2015 IIHF World Championship, and Justin Faulk, Michal Jordan, Anton Khudobin and head coach Bill Peters are still alive in their quest for gold.
Saturday's first semifinal match-up pits Team Canada against the Czechs. Canada breezed through the quarterfinals, thumping the Belarusians 9-0. Ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr netted two goals and added an assist (three points), as the Czech Republic bested Finland 5-3. Defenseman Michal Jordan logged 18:50 of ice time and two penalty minutes in the quarterfinal match.
Team USA will face off with the Russian national team in the second semifinal game slated for Saturday. The Americans already defeated Team Russia 4-2 in the preliminary round, but Alex Ovechkin is expected to make his tournament debut for his country in the semis, as the Capitals were eliminated from the postseason. Faulk and Team USA slid by Switzerland by a score of 3-1 in the quarterfinals. The Canes' defenseman logged a team-high 23:38 of ice time and was a plus-1. Evgeni Malkin (2g, 1a) and Vladamir Tarasenko (1g, 2a) each posted three points in Russia's 5-3 victory over Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask and Team Sweden in the quarterfinals.
The USA-Russia semifinal match-up will be available for live streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra at 1:15 p.m. EST and on same-day delay on NBCSN at 11 p.m. EST.
An updated tournament schedule with results can be found below.
It’s on to the quarterfinals for the five Carolina Hurricanes (and head coach Bill Peters) participating in the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
Justin Faulk helped lead Team USA to a first-place finish in Group B. The team began the tournament 3-0 for the first time since 1997 and finished with just one loss in the seven-game preliminary round. Faulk recorded three assists and was a plus-6 in preliminary round action.
Opposite Team USA, the Canadian national team, which features Peters behind the bench as an assistant coach, cruised to a first-place finish in Group A. Team Canada, essentially boasting an all-star squad, was a perfect 7-0 in prelims, outscoring their opponents at a 3.5 to 1 clip.
Elsewhere in Group A, Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask and Team Sweden finished second with 16 points. Rask ranked tied for third on the team in goals with three, and Lindholm ranked tied for third on the team in assists with four. Lindholm finished prelims with six points (2g, 4a), while Rask tallied four (3g, 1a).
The Czech national team finished third in Group A. Michal Jordan scored a goal and tallied an assist in the seven-game preliminary round.
The Russian national team finished third in Group B, with Anton Khudobin playing just under four minutes in net.
Team USA will face off with the Swiss national team, which finished fourth in Group A, on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. EST. The game will be broadcast live on NBCSN and available for live streaming via NBC Sports Live Extra.
The Swedes match up against the Russians in the quarterfinals with faceoff set for 1:15 p.m. The Czech national team will battle the Finns at 2:15 p.m., while Team Canada draws the Belarusians at 10:15 a.m.
Semifinal action will take place on Saturday, and the tournament will wrap up with medal games on Sunday. Check back here for score updates and more as the elimination rounds progress.
|DATE ||MATCH-UP ||RESULT/TIME ||TV |
|MAY 14 ||QUARTERFINALS: USA vs. SWITZERLAND ||3-1 ||NBCSN |
|MAY 14 ||QUARTERFINALS: CANADA vs. BELARUS |
|9-0 || |
|MAY 14 ||QUARTERFINALS: SWEDEN vs. RUSSIA ||3-5 || |
|MAY 14 ||QUARTERFINALS: FINLAND vs. CZECH REPUBLIC ||3-5 || |
|MAY 16 ||SEMIFINALS: CANADA vs. CZECH REPUBLIC ||0-2 || |
|MAY 16 ||SEMIFINALS: USA vs. RUSSIA ||0-4 ||LIVE EXTRA (LIVE) |
NBCSN (11:00 p.m.)
|MAY 17 ||BRONZE MEDAL GAME: USA vs. CZECH REPUBLIC ||3-0 || |
|MAY 17 ||GOLD MEDAL GAME: CANADA vs. RUSSIA ||6-1 || |
All times listed in Eastern standard time.