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Predators making an impact at Worlds

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Chris Mason
Photo by John Russell
Chris Mason has joined Team Canada as its third goaltender.
Martin Erat posted a goal and three assists for the Czech Republic and Dan Hamhuis registered two assists for Canada to help push their respective national teams to victory on Sunday in the International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship. The annual tournament, which features 16 countries, is currently underway in Riga, Latvia.

Ryan Suter also posted an assist in Team USA's 3-0 blanking of Denmark Sunday and prospect Mikko Lehtonen--a ninth-round pick by Nashville in the 2001 Entry Draft--added a helper in Finland's 3-0 shutout of Latvia to raise his two-game point total to three (1g, 2a).

Finland, Canada and the U.S. are each 2-0 in preliminary round play, while the Czech Republic has secured one win and one tie. A qualifying round then a playoff round will follow the conclusion of the preliminary games on Wednesday. (For full standings, visit the IIHF standings page.)

Six Predators players and a number of prospects are participating in the tournament. Joining Hamhuis and forward Scott Hartnell on the Team Canada roster is Predators goaltender Chris Mason, who has been added as the third netminder.

Here are the statistics for Predators players and a prospects through games on Sunday, May 7:

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

 

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