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Ferraro, Canada Win Gold at Worlds

Chmelevski, Donato and Labanc Come Out On Top in Bronze Medal Game for USA

by Missy Zielinski / sjsharks.com

Despite struggling during the preliminary round of tournament play, Mario Ferraro and Team Canada were victorious at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Gold Medal game against Finland on June 6 giving them their third gold medal in the last six years.

It was Ferraro's first appearance with Canada and he stepped up right away playing important minutes for his home country. In 10 games, the Toronto, Ontario, native averaged 20:43 minutes per game, good for third on the team. He also registered two assists and a plus-2 rating.

Team USA, which featured San Jose forwards Sasha Chmelevski, Ryan Donato and Kevin Labanc, won Bronze in the tournament in a 6-1 victory against Lean Bergmann and Germany. The trio of Sharks players combined for 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and a plus-13 rating.

Tweet from @Str8ToTheBanc: Proud to represent @usahockey. Glade we can come home with some hardware🥉 pic.twitter.com/kNYhs4bLJv

Just one day earlier the two squads battled it out to determine who would appear in the Gold and Bronze Medal games with Canada edging Team USA 4-2. Chmelevski scored a goal for USA in the matchup.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: When your teammates become your rival😅👊@mferraro77 and Team Canada are set to faceoff against Team USA tomorrow at the @IIHFHockey Semi-Finals! pic.twitter.com/ib4FLjfM3W

In the final round, prospect Tony Sund also earned a Silver Medal for Finland in the loss to Canada.

Other Tournament Highlights:

While Team Russia lost in overtime 2-1 to Canada in the quarter-final round, Sharks forward Alexander Barabanov had an impressive stint for them. The 26-year-old finished the tournament with eight points (four goals, four assists) in eight games played to go along with a plus-5 rating in Russia's fifth-place finish.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Look who's staying hot in Latvia 👀🔥 https://t.co/NvGNGmz9f4

Timo Meier and Switzerland also lost 3-2 in a shootout to Germany in the quarter-finals. Meier recorded four goals and two assists in eight games with one goal coming as the game-winner and three tallied on the power play.

Marcus Sorensen and Sweden did not advance to the playoff round, but he still registered four points (two goals, two assists) in seven games.

The two-week tournament included 10 players from the Sharks organization, including Ferraro, Chmelevski, Donato, Labanc, Bergmann, Sund, Barabanov, Meier, Sorensen, Alexander True and Emil Galimov.

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