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Predators lighting the lamp in Latvia

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators


Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty
Predators defenseman Ryan Suter scored a goal for Team USA Saturday and was named the player of the game for his squad.
Over the weekend, a number of Predators and Predators prospects found the back of the net while playing for their respective home countries in the International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship underway in Riga, Latvia. No goal was bigger than that of Zbynek Irgl, who tallied the game winner Sunday in the Czech Republic's 6-4 defeat of the previously unbeaten Canadian team. Irgl, a recent addition to the Czech roster, was a sixth-round draft pick by Nashville in the 2000 Entry Draft. He was joined on the scoreboard by Predators winger Martin Erat and Nashville prospect Petr Hubacek. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis scored for Canada. With the win, the Czechs tied Team Canada in the Group E standings with six points.

In other action Sunday, prospect Jukka Hentunen posted one goal and one assist in Finland's 3-0 shutout of Norway. Onetime Predators forward Denis Arkhipov also scored and added a helper as Russia downed Switzerland 6-3. Finland and Russia are each positioned first in their qualifying round grouping. They, along with Canada and the Czech Republic, are guaranteed a berth in the tournament quarterfinals.

Joining those four is the U.S. squad, which received a big goal from Predators blueliner Ryan Suter to secure a 4-2 win over Latvia on Saturday. Suter's goal was his first of the tournament, and earned him "player of the game" honors for his team. Prospect Lauris Darzins scored his first goal as well in the loss, which dashed the host country's hopes of progressing to the quarterfinals.

Here are the statistics for Predators players and prospects through games on Sunday, May 14:

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

 

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