One Rangers player and one prospect competed at the 2006 World Championship tournament in Riga, Latvia on Tuesday. Here is a look at their performances:
Fourth place in Group F (Advanced to Quarterfinals)Hossa's Tournament Scoring to Date:
6 games, 1 goal, 3 assistsMay 16:
Slovakia 8, Ukraine 0 (at Skonto Arena)
Hossa had the first assist on Dusan Milo's goal at 1:36 of the second period. Milo's goal gave the Slovaks a 1-0 lead and was the first of four second-period tallies that opened the door for an 8-0 blowout. With the win, Slovakia passed Switzerland in the standings to claim the final berth in the quarterfinal round. The Slovaks, coached by Hossa's father, Frantisek, will face Group E winner Canada in a quarterfinal game on Wednesday.
Czech RepublicTeam Standing:
Fourth place Group E (Advanced to Quarterfinals)Richter's Tournament Scoring to Date:
6 games, 0 goals, 2 assistsMay 16:
USA 3, Czech Republic 1 (at Arena Riga)
Richter did not pick up a point and had two shots on goal in the Czech loss. Ryan Malone and Mark Cullen scored for Team USA in the first period to give the Americans a 2-0 lead they never relinquished. Despite the loss, the Czech Republic still managed to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals, taking the fourth seed in Group E. With its victory, Team USA placed third in Group E. The Czechs open the quarterfinals against Group F winner Russia on Thursday, while the U.S. will face Team Sweden, whose roster includes Rangers center Michael Nylander, on Wednesday
In other qualifying-round games at the World Championship tournament on Tuesday, Belarus beat Switzerland 2-1, and host Latvia shut out Norway 2-0. Belarus was the only one of these four teams to also reach the quarterfinals.