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NYR Players/Prospects at World tourney: May 16 Recap

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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:

HossaMarcel Hossa
Position: Forward
Team: Slovakia
Team Standing: Fourth place in Group F (Advanced to Quarterfinals)
Hossa's Tournament Scoring to Date: 6 games, 1 goal, 3 assists
May 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.

RichterMartin Richter

Position: Defense
Team: Czech Republic
Team Standing: Fourth place Group E (Advanced to Quarterfinals)
Richter's Tournament Scoring to Date: 6 games, 0 goals, 2 assists
May 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.
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