First off, here's a terrific article from IIHF.com regarding a growing number of younger NHL players who decline invites to represent their countries while battered and bruised veterans typically without exception answer the call. Really good stuff, and it's a subject which will continue to gain traction. Onward...
- USA 3, ITA 2: Scott Clemmensen kept the fire rolling, stopping 26 of 28 shots to gain another victory. Clemmer has allowed 9 goals on 153 shots with a 1.56 GAA and one shutout over six games. Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Potulny each had a goal and an assist in the win.
- CZE 3, CAN 2: Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves in a penalty-laden spectacle - a combined 58 minutes, in international play, no less - to lead the Czech Republic over Canada (and assistant coach Peter DeBoer).
- RUS 5, FIN 0: Dmitry Kulikov collected an assist on a Maxim Afinogenov goal to finish the night with 1 point, 1 SOG, 4 PIM, and a +2 in 12:19 TOI in Russia's stomping of Finland.
- SWE 5, SUI 0: Jacob Markstrom earned his first shutout of the tournament, holding off 28 shots. The jewel of Florida's system is now 3-0-1 with a 1.33 GAA.
No games are scheduled for today; play will resume Thursday.
Mastercard Memorial Cup : Windsor Spitfires 4, Moncton Wildcats 3 (OT)
- Scott Timmins (WND): 0 points, even, 2 PIM
Tonight: Brandon Wheat Kings (Colby Robak) vs. Calgary Hitmen