GLENDALE -- The preliminary schedule of the 2013 IIHF World Championship is over and several of the Coyotes who participated for their home countries fared quite well at the prestigious tournament.
Goalie Mike Smith co-lead the tournament with a .957 save percentage having stopped 89 of 93 shots for Canada. Smith was named the game’s best player in two of the three games he played.
Meanwhile, center Martin Hanzal, who is playing for Czech Republic, ranked fourth among all players in face-off winning percentage at 61.9 percent; Zbynek Michalek, who also is playing for Czech Republic, ranked sixth among defensemen with four points in seven games; and forward David Moss was tied for second on Team USA with three goals and was fourth on the team with five points.
The tournament’s quarterfinals will begin on Thursday. Six of the seven Coyotes players who are participating - Smith, Hanzal, Michalek, Moss, Radim Vrbata (Czech Republic), and Lauri Korpikoski (Finland) are still in contention to win a medal.
Below are some key stats - through the preliminary round - for the seven Coyotes players who are playing at the 2013 IIHF World Championship (in alphabetical order):
3 assists in 7 games
22:39 average ice time
1 goal, 3 assists in 7 games
61.9 face-off percentage
16:48 average ice time
1 goal, 2 assists in 5 games
16:11 average ice time
3 goals, 1 assist in 7 games
24:33 average ice time (led team)
22 shots (led team)
Named game’s best player vs. Denmark
3 goals and 2 assists in 7 games
Named game’s best player vs. France
2 wins, 1 loss (SO)
.957 save percentage
1.30 goals-against average
Named game’s best player vs. Sweden
Named game’s best player vs. Czech Republic
2 goals, 1 assist in 7 games
Plus-4 rating (co-lead team)
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