Several Coyotes Faring Well at World Championship

Tuesday, 05.14.2013 / 3:22 PM
Dave Vest

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):

Mikkel Boedker

Denmark

3 assists in 7 games

22:39 average ice time

12 shots

Martin Hanzal

Czech Republic

1 goal, 3 assists in 7 games

61.9 face-off percentage

16:48 average ice time

14 shots

Lauri Korpikoski

Finland

1 goal, 2 assists in 5 games

16:11 average ice time

13 shots

Zbynek Michalek

Czech Republic

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

David Moss

USA

3 goals and 2 assists in 7 games

19 shots

Named game’s best player vs. France

Mike Smith

Canada

2 wins, 1 loss (SO)

.957 save percentage

1.30 goals-against average

1 assist

Named game’s best player vs. Sweden

Named game’s best player vs. Czech Republic

Radim Vrbata

Czech Republic

2 goals, 1 assist in 7 games

Plus-4 rating (co-lead team)

16 shots

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