Several Coyotes Faring Well at World Championship
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.
NOTE: Click here to see the schedule for the quarterfinals.
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
• 12 shots
• 1 goal, 3 assists in 7 games
• 61.9 face-off percentage
• 16:48 average ice time
• 14 shots
• 1 goal, 2 assists in 5 games
• 16:11 average ice time
• 13 shots
• 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
• 19 shots
• Named game’s best player vs. France
• 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
• 2 goals, 1 assist in 7 games
• Plus-4 rating (leads team)
• 16 shots