Medicine Hat, AB — With the IIHF World Championships winding down the preliminary action is now complete as the juggling of the standings happened on the final day of games. Our hometown Canadians lost to Finland in their final preliminary game, snapping their undefeated mark in the tournament. While for our American fans, the USA clawed it’s way into the playoff round, despite losing in overtime to Slovakia.
On the Tigers front, both Tomas Kundratek and Yannic Seidenberg will play in the quarter finals with their home countries. Kundratek’s Czech Republic squad will take on the USA in their first game, if they are successful they meet the winner of Canada/Sweden. The Czechs finished 1st in Group A tied with Russia, despite having less victories, however the Czechs had not lost in regulation, giving them the 1st place finish.
Meanwhile, Seidenberg and Team Germany are through to the quarter finals after finishing third in their pool with a 4-2-1-0 record (13 points) and will take on a strong Russian team in their first game. The Russians were 6-1-0-0 in the tournament and boast the top two scorers in the tournament in Chicago Blackhawks rookie Artemi Panarin and Vadim Shipachyov, who is touted at the “Russian Sidney Crosby”. If the Germans can overcome the Russians they will face the winner of Finland and Denmark in the other quarter final.
During the tournament Kundratek recorded 3 points (1G, 2A) and a plus 7 mark in playing all 7 preliminary games. Seidenberg recorded just 1 assist in 7 games for the Germans.
Best of luck to all the participants in the quarter finals!