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2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UNDERWAY IN SLOVAKIA


Posted May 14, 2019

(Rochester, NY) …Nine former Rochester Americans from six different countries are continuing the quest for gold in hockey’s grandest spectacle at the 83rd annual 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Bratislava and Košice, Slovakia this weekend. The premier international event began on Friday, May 10 as Team Canada suffered a 3-1 setback against Finland in Group A from the Steel Arena. Group B’s opening-matchup featured Team Russia, who picked up a 5-2 victory over Norway, at the Ondrej Nepela Arena. The three-week, 16-team tournament will conclude with the gold-medal game on Sunday, May 26.

CANADA

Through the first three games of the tournament with Team Canada, Sam Reinhart has registered three shots along with an assist while helping the Canadians to a pair of wins.

Also accompanying Reinhart is current Sabres general manager and former Amerk Jason Botterill as well as former longtime Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff. Botterill is serving as one of the Team Canada’s three general managers while Ruff is an associate coach.

Preliminary schedule:

            May 10, Finland vs. Canada – (3-1 loss)

            May 12, Great Britain vs. Canada – (8-0 win)

            May 13, Slovakia vs. Canada – (6-5 win)

            May 16, Canada vs. France – (10:15 a.m.)

            May 18, Canada vs. Germany – (10:15 a.m.)

            May 20, Canada vs. Denmark – (2:15 p.m.)

            May 21, Canada vs. United States – (2:15 p.m.)

CZECH REPUBLIC

After starting the 2019 IIHF World Championship with a pair of wins, where they outscored the opposition 12-4, the Czech Republic suffered its first loss on Monday as they were handed a 3-0 blanking by Russia.

Forward Michal Repik, who is making his fourth straight international appearance with his native Czech Republic, has a goal and an assist through the first three games with his native country. Repik has an on-ice rating of plus-five while registering five shots.

Preliminary schedule:

            May 10, Czech Republic vs. Sweden – (5-2 win)

            May 11, Norway vs. Czech Republic – (7-2 win)

            May 13, Russia vs. Czech Republic – (3-0 loss)

            May 16, Czech Republic vs. Latvia – (2:15 p.m.)

            May 17, Czech Republic vs. Italy – (2:15 p.m.)

            May 19, Austria vs. Czech Republic – (10:15 a.m.)

            May 21, Czech Republic vs. Switzerland – (6:15 a.m.)

RUSSIA

Donned as heavy favorites thanks to a roster that features a powerhouse lineup with ties to nine different NHL teams and three other KHL teams, Russia has opened the annual event with three wins in three games. The Russians have scored 13 goals while allowing only two.

In his sixth straight international appearance, former Amerk forward Evgenii Dadonov, who’s previous five stints with Russia’s top national team have resulted in medal-earning performances, leads all Russian goal-scorers with four goals. Three of his four tallies have been on the power-play while one has served as a game-winning marker while registering seven shots.

Mikhail Grigorenko, who returns to the international stage for the third time in the last three international events, is also joining Dadonov. Grigorenko has an assist through three games and has an on-ice rating of plus-two.

Preliminary schedule:

            May 10, Russia vs. Norway – (5-2 win)

            May 12, Russia vs. Austria – (5-0 win)

            May 13, Russia vs. Czech Republic – (3-0 win)

            May 15, Russia vs. Italy – (2:15 p.m.)

            May 18, Latvia vs. Russia – (6:15 a.m.)

            May 19, Switzerland vs. Russia – (2:15 p.m.)

            May 21, Sweden vs. Russia – (2:15 p.m.)

SLOVAKIA

Following a 4-1 upset win over the United States to open the annual event, the host Slovakians have dropped a pair of games to Finland and Canada, respectively.

Veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera returns to the international stage for the eighth time in his 13-year professional career and has chipped in two assists for the Slovakians, who have been regular participants in the tournament since 1996 but have only qualified for the medal round just once in the last 15 years.

Preliminary schedule:

            May 10, United States vs. Slovakia – (4-1 win)

            May 11, Slovakia vs. Finland – (4-2 loss)

            May 13, Slovakia vs. Canada – (6-5 loss)

            May 15, Slovakia vs. Germany – (2:15 p.m.)

            May 17, France vs. Slovakia – (10:15 a.m.)

            May 18, Great Britain vs. Slovakia – (2:15 p.m.)

            May 21, Slovakia vs. Denmark – (10:15 a.m.)

SWEDEN

Through its first three games of the tournament, Sweden, which claimed each of the last two gold medals, has a pair of wins and a loss while outscoring opponents 19-3.

Former Amerks goaltender Jacob Markström returns to international stage for the first time since 2016 but has yet to make his 2019 tournament debut for Sweden.

Preliminary schedule:

            May 10, Czech Republic vs. Sweden – (5-2 loss)

            May 12, Italy vs. Sweden – (8-0 win)

            May 13, Norway vs. Sweden – (9-1 win)

            May 16, Sweden vs. Austria – (10:15 a.m.)

            May 18, Sweden vs. Switzerland – (2:15 p.m.)

            May 20, Sweden vs. Latvia – (10:15 a.m.)

            May 21, Sweden vs. Russia – (2:15 p.m.)

UNITED STATES

After suffering a 4-1 setback against the Slovaks to begin the tournament, Team USA responded with a 7-1 thumping over France on Sunday before earning a 3-2 overtime-victory over Finland Monday.

The Americans roster has no direct player ties to Rochester, but it features former Amerk Dan Bylsma as an assistant coach. 

Preliminary schedule:

            May 10, United States vs. Slovakia – (4-1 loss)

            May 12, United States vs. France – (7-1 win)

            May 13, United States vs. Finland – (3-2 OT win)

            May 15, United States vs. Great Britain – (10:15 a.m.)

            May 18, Denmark vs. United States – (6:15 a.m.)

            May 19, Germany vs. United States – (10:15 a.m.)

            May 21, Canada vs. United States – (2:15 p.m.)

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