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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 2:00 PM MT

GLENDALE – Five members of the 2014-15 Coyotes have advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Three of the five players are teammates for Team USA: defensemen Connor Murphy and John Moore, and forward Mark Arcobello. The Americans advanced to the semifinals by defeating Switzerland, 3-1, in one of four quarterfinal games played on Thursday. Despite not notching a point, Moore was named Team USA’s Player of the Game on Thursday.

Goalie Mike Smith and Team Canada also advanced to the semifinals by beating Belarus, 9-0, on Thursday. Smith stopped all 24 shots he faced on Thursday and has stopped 126 of 137 shots thus far in the annual 16-nation tournament.

Forward Martin Erat and the host Czech Republic team advanced to the semifinals by defeating Finland, 5-3, on Thursday. Erat assisted on Czech Republic’s first goal.

Meanwhile, Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Team Sweden were eliminated from the tournament after a 5-3 loss to Russia on Thursday. Ekman-Larsson finished the tournament with two goals and 10 assists in eight games. Ekman-Larsson's 12 points rank second only to Canada forward Jason Spezza's 13 points.

Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder also competed at the tournament for Team Germany, which did not advance beyond the preliminary round. Rieder notched a shootout goal and three assists in seven games, and totaled 12 shots on goal.

SEMIFINALS
Saturday, May 16

USA vs. Russia
Canada vs. Czech Republic

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 1:56 PM MT


EDITOR'S NOTE: Seven players who competed for the Coyotes during the 2014-15 NHL season are playing for their countries at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Czech Republic. They are: Mark Arcobello (USA), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), John Moore (USA), Connor Murphy (USA), Tobias Rieder (Germany), and Mike Smith (Canada).

FORMAT: The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.

The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games and the medal games will be played in Prague.

The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.

OFFICIAL SITE: Click here to visit iihfworlds2015.com

RESULTS

TUESDAY, MAY 12

USA 5, Slovakia 4 (OT):

Competing for Team USA, defenseman Connor Murphy played 15:54 and took one shot on goal, defenseman John Moore played 13:11, and forward Mark Arcobello played 17:16 and took a team-high four shots on goal. Moore and Arcobello assisted on Team USA's first goal.

Team USA finished the preliminary round with a 5-1-0-1 record and qualified for the quarterfinals, which begin Thursday. The Americans will play Switzerland at 6 a.m. (AZ time).

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Canada 10, Austria 1:

Goalie Mike Smith stopped 14 of 15 shots for Team Canada, which finished the preliminary round with a 7-0-0-0 record and qualified for the quarterfinals, which begin Thursday. The Canadians will play Belarus at 7 a.m. (AZ time).

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QUARTERFINALS
Thursday (all times listed are AZ times)


USA vs. Switzerland, 6 a.m.
Canada vs. Belarus, 7 a.m.
Sweden vs. Russia, 10 a.m.
Finland vs. Czech Republic, 11 a.m.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.11.2015 / 2:37 PM MT


EDITOR'S NOTE: Seven players who competed for the Coyotes during the 2014-15 NHL season are playing for their countries at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Czech Republic. They are: Mark Arcobello (USA), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), John Moore (USA), Connor Murphy (USA), Tobias Rieder (Germany), and Mike Smith (Canada).

FORMAT: The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.

The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games and the medal games will be played in Prague.

The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.

OFFICIAL SITE: Click here to visit iihfworlds2015.com

RESULTS

MONDAY, MAY 11

Sweden 4, France 2:

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson notched a goal and two assists to help rally Sweden to a come-from-behind win. Ekman-Larsson, 23, is leading all players with 11 points and nine assists in seven games.

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Austria 3, Germany 2 (SO):

Forward Tobias Rieder played 20:43 and scored the lone shootout goal for Germany.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 9:18 AM MT

EDITOR'S NOTE: Seven players who competed for the Coyotes during the 2014-15 NHL season are playing for their countries at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Czech Republic. They are: Mark Arcobello (USA), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), John Moore (USA), Connor Murphy (USA), Tobias Rieder (Germany), and Mike Smith (Canada).

FORMAT: The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.

The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games and the medal games will be played in Prague.

The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.

OFFICIAL SITE: Click here to visit iihfworlds2015.com

RESULTS

SUNDAY, MAY 10

Mike Smith. Photo by Getty Images.

Canada 7, Switzerland 2:

Goalie Mike Smith stopped 23 of 25 shots for Canada to earn his fourth win of the tournament. He stopped 88 of 98 shots in those four games.

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Czech Republic 4, Germany 2:

Forward Tobias Rieder played 17:25, notched one assist and took two shots on goal for Germany.

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USA 3, Slovenia 1:

Defenseman Connor Murphy played 15:10 and took two shots on goal, defenseman John Moore played 15:47 and took two shots on goal, and forward Mark Arcobello played 16:02 and was minus-1.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 05.9.2015 / 9:05 AM MT

EDITOR'S NOTE: Seven players who competed for the Coyotes during the 2014-15 NHL season are playing for their countries at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Czech Republic. They are: Mark Arcobello (USA), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), John Moore (USA), Connor Murphy (USA), Tobias Rieder (Germany), and Mike Smith (Canada).

FORMAT: The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.

The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games and the medal games will be played in Prague.

The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.

OFFICIAL SITE: Click here to visit iihfworlds2015.com

RESULTS

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (left). Photo by Getty Images.

SATURDAY, MAY 9

Sweden 2, Switzerland 1 (OT):

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson played 25:46 and assisted on Sweden's game-winning goal in overtime.

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Canada 4, France 3:

Mike Smith was the backup goalie for Canada and did not play in this game.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.8.2015 / 3:09 PM MT

EDITOR'S NOTE: Seven players who competed for the Coyotes during the 2014-15 NHL season are playing for their countries at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Czech Republic. They are: Mark Arcobello (USA), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), John Moore (USA), Connor Murphy (USA), Tobias Rieder (Germany), and Mike Smith (Canada).

FORMAT: The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.

The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games and the medal games will be played in Prague.

The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.

OFFICIAL SITE: Click here to visit iihfworlds2015.com

RESULTS

Connor Murphy. Photo by Getty Images.

FRIDAY, MAY 8

USA 1, Denmark 0:

Competing for Team USA, defenseman Connor Murphy played 17:06 and took one shot on goal, defenseman John Moore played 14:27 and took two shots on goal, and forward Mark Arcobello played 16:28 and took two shots on goal.

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Germany 2, Latvia 1:

Forward Tobias Rieder played 15:33 and took one shot on goal for Germany.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.7.2015 / 2:40 PM MT

EDITOR'S NOTE: Seven players who competed for the Coyotes during the 2014-15 NHL season are playing for their countries at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Czech Republic. They are: Mark Arcobello (USA), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), John Moore (USA), Connor Murphy (USA), Tobias Rieder (Germany), and Mike Smith (Canada).

FORMAT: The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.

The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games and the medal games will be played in Prague.

The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.

OFFICIAL SITE: Click here to visit iihfworlds2015.com

RESULTS

Photo by Getty Images.

THURSDAY, MAY 7

Belarus 5, USA 2:

Competing for Team USA, defenseman Connor Murphy played 14:40 and was minus-2, defenseman John Moore played 10:54, took one shot on goal and was minus-1, and forward Mark Arcobello played 16:39, took four shots on goal and was minus-2.

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Sweden 4, Germany 3:

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson played a game-high 27:00 for Sweden. He notched an assist and three shots on goal, and he was plus-1. Ekman-Larsson leads all defensemen at this tournament with seven points (one goal, six assists) in five games. He also ranks tied for first among all players with six assists.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.6.2015 / 2:08 PM MT


EDITOR'S NOTE: Seven players who competed for the Coyotes during the 2014-15 NHL season are playing for their countries at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Czech Republic. They are: Mark Arcobello (USA), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), John Moore (USA), Connor Murphy (USA), Tobias Rieder (Germany), and Mike Smith (Canada).

FORMAT: The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.

The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games and the medal games will be played in Prague.

The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.

OFFICIAL SITE: Click here to visit iihfworlds2015.com

RESULTS

Photo by Getty Images.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

Canada 6, Sweden 4:

After giving up three goals in the first period, goalie Mike Smith finished with 28 saves for Canada. It was Smith's third win in the tournament.

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson played a team-high 22:17 for Sweden. He notched an assist and three shots on goal, and he was voted Player of the Game for Sweden.

Click here to READ RECAP 

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.5.2015 / 9:09 AM MT

EDITOR'S NOTE: Seven players who competed for the Coyotes during the 2014-15 NHL season are playing for their countries at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Czech Republic. They are: Mark Arcobello (USA), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), John Moore (USA), Connor Murphy (USA), Tobias Rieder (Germany), and Mike Smith (Canada).

FORMAT: The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.

The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games and the medal games will be played in Prague.

The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.

OFFICIAL SITE: Click here to visit iihfworlds2015.com

RESULTS


TUESDAY, MAY 5

Switzerland 1, Germany 0:

Forward Tobias Rieder played 16:51 and took one shot on goal for Germany.

Click here to READ RECAP

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.4.2015 / 9:47 AM MT


EDITOR'S NOTE: Seven players who competed for the Coyotes during the 2014-15 NHL season are playing for their countries at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Czech Republic. They are: Mark Arcobello (USA), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), John Moore (USA), Connor Murphy (USA), Tobias Rieder (Germany), and Mike Smith (Canada).

FORMAT: The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.

The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games and the medal games will be played in Prague.

The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.

OFFICIAL SITE: Click here to visit iihfworlds2015.com

RESULTS

John Moore (right). Photo by Getty Images.
MONDAY, MAY 4

Canada 6, Czech Republic 3:
Goalie Mike Smith stopped 22 of 25 shots to earn his second win and was voted Player of the Game for Canada.

Canada's Jordan Eberle got the first goal, at 4:18 of the first period, when the puck went behind the Czech goal. Everyone thought it would go to the other side, but it hit the frame and stayed put. Eberle grabbed it and stuffed it in the near side.

"It was huge getting the first one," Smith said. "We talked before about how they were going to come at us. It’s always nice to play with the lead. It was a big turning point in tonight’s game."

Forward Martin Erat played 17:54 and scored Czech Republic's first goal.

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Sweden 8, Latvia 1:

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson played a game-high 23:15, notched two assists and was plus-3 for Sweden.

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USA 4, Russia 2:

Forward Mark Arcobello played 9:47 and scored USA's third goal. Defenseman Connor Murphy played 17:17 and defenseman John Moore played 13:53.

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