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Erat's silver the only Pred medal at Worlds

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators


Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty
Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis (left) stands alongside Mike Comrie (center) and Trevor Daly following Canada's 3-1 semifinal loss to Finland Saturday.
On the bright side, Martin Erat and his Czech Republic teammates won a silver medal on Sunday at the International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Riga, Latvia. Unfortunately, it was not the medal the Czechs were hoping for, as Sweden shut them out 4-0 to earn the coveted gold.

Erat, who finished the tournament as his team's second leading scorer with three goals and five assists over nine games, has a good track record in international play. Though the 2006 World Championship was only his third time to represent his country in international play, his silver medal can be displayed alongside the bronze one he won in February at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games and the gold one he won at the 2001 World Junior Championship.

Also earning silver Sunday as part of the Czech squad were Predators prospects Zbynek Irgl and Petr Hubacek. Meanwhile, Predators Dan Hamhuis, Scott Hartnell and Chris Mason came up short in the medal hunt, finishing fourth when Canada lost the bronze medal match to Finland 5-0 Sunday. Predators prospects Jukka Hentunen and Mikko Lehtonen were on the winning side, securing bronze. Lehtonen posted one assist in the consolation game, raising the defenseman's point total for the tournament to five (1g, 4a) in nine games.

Here are the final statistics for Predators players and prospects for the 2006 IIHF World Championship:

Canada
POS NAME GP G A PTS PIM +/-
D Dan Hamhuis 9 1 4 5 10 3
F Scott Hartnell 9 1 0 1 4 2
 
Czech Republic
POS NAME GP G A PTS PIM +/-
F Martin Erat 9 3 5 8 6 1
F Petr Hubacek 9 1 0 1 6 -1
F Zbynek Irgl 6 2 2 4 0 1
 
Finland
POS NAME GP G A PTS PIM +/-
F Jukka Hentunen 9 1 3 4 20 2
D Mikko Lehtonen 9 1 4 5 14 2
 
Latvia
POS NAME GP G A PTS PIM +/-
F Lauris Darzins 6 2 0 2 6 2
 
Slovakia
POS NAME GP G A PTS PIM +/-
D Tomas Harant 7 0 0 0 4 1
D Richard Stehlik 7 0 0 0 2 3
 
Russia
POS NAME GP G A PTS PIM +/-
F Denis Arkhipov 7 2 4 6 6 2
D Denis Kulyash 7 3 1 4 6 1
 
United States
POS NAME GP G A PTS PIM +/-
F Adam Hall 7 0 0 0 0 0
D Ryan Suter 7 1 1 2 10 2

 

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