World Championships: Gus takes the gold!

Sunday, 05.19.2013 / 11:11 AM xxPhiladelphiaFlyers.com

A REPORT FROM WORLDS

A running update throughout the World Championships

where 10 Flyers are currently in competition

UPDATED: MAY 16

The playoff portion of the tournament is underway. Below is a look at the schedule of play, some results and how the Flyers representatives finished the preliminary round.

THURSDAY, MAY 16

Quarterfinals

RUS vs USA

Update: The United States defeated Russia, 8-3 early this morning. Craig Smith posted five assists, one short of the IIHF Tournament record, while Paul Stastny recorded two goals and two assists in the victory.

SUI vs CZE - 8:45 am ET on TSN

Update: The Swiss team is a perfect 7-0-0 in the tournament this season. Jakub Voracek is in the lineup for the Czech Republic. He led the Czechs in scoring through the preliminary round with six points (1g-5a).

FIN vs SVK - 11:30 am ET on TSN

CAN vs SWE - 2:15 pm ET on TSN

SATURDAY, MAY 18

Semifinals

SUNDAY, MAY 19

Final & Bronze Medal Game

FLYERS STATS IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

CAN - Claude Giroux (7gp: 2g-5a--7pts, +3, 18:11 TOI/G)

CZE - Jakub Voracek (7gp: 1g-5a--6pts, -4, 17:36 TOI/G)

CAN - Matt Read (7gp: 1g-2a--3pts, EVEN, 14:57 TOI/G)

CAN - Luke Schenn (6gp: 1g-1a--2pts, +4, 17:19 TOI/G)

CAN - Wayne Simmonds (7gp: 1g-0a--1pt, EVEN, 14:24 TOI/G)

SWE - Erik Gustafsson (7gp: 0g-1a--1pt, +4, 22:49 TOI/G)

DEN - Oliver Lauridsen (7gp: 0pts, EVEN, 18:58 TOI/G)

GER - Marcel Noebels (3gp: 0pts, EVEN, 8:05 TOI/G)

RUS - Ilya Bryzgalov (3gp: 3-0-0, 1.33 GAA, .934 sv pct, 1 shutout)

USA - Cal Heeter (DNP)

UPDATED: MAY 10 Now that each team has had a full week of play in the World Championships, here's how the Flyers representatives and their countries are stacking up.

Defenseman Luke Schenn posted his first goal of the tournament to help Team Canada to a 3-0 shutout win over Sweden on Thursday. Schenn has a goal and an assist to go along with a +4 rating through five games in the tournament while averaging nearly 20 minutes per-game.

Watch Schenn's goal below...

Matt Read posted two assists in Thursday win, and overall has a goal and two helpers in his first five games of international play for Canada, while teammate Wayne Simmonds has gone scoreless thus far.

Teammates on this side of the pond, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, are going head to head for the most points by a Flyer in the tournament.

Giroux has two goals and four assists for six points in five games to help Canada to a 4-0-1 record, including a three-point effort in the team's 4-1 win over Belarus on Friday. Giroux currently ranks second on the team in scoring for the tournament, trailing only his line mate, Steven Stamkos who has nine points (4g-5a) in five games.

Here's Giroux's three-point game…

Voracek has helped the Czech Republic to a 3-2-0 record by posting a point-per-game with a goal and four assists for five points. Here's Voracek laying a hit on Flyers teammate Oliver Lauridsen.

Giroux and Voracek will go head-to-head as the Canadians face off against Czech Republic on Sunday in Stockholm.

Erik Gustafsson has one assist through six games in the tournament, but has recorded a +4 rating while appearing in over 22 minutes of ice-time per-game. Sweden also owns a 4-2-0 mark.

Oliver Lauridsen is seeing plenty of ice time for Denmark. He averages over 20 minutes per-game, but has gone scoreless in the tournament.

Flyers net minder Ilya Bryzgalov has posted a 2-0 record with a 1.50 goals-against average and .919 save percentage with wins over Latvia and the United States to help Russia post a 4-1-0 record so far.

Russia is in action on Sunday when they face off against Slovakia.

Cal Heeter has not seen action in the tournament yet. With their 4-2 victory today over France, Team USA owns a 4-1 record.

The tournament will conclude its preliminary round on Tuesday, May 14 and officially begin the medal round two days later. The gold medal game is currently scheduled for Sunday, May 19 in Sweden.

UPDATED: MAY 5

Through the first weekend of play, here's a brief update on the Flyers and how they're doing in the World Championships being played abroad in Sweden and Finland.

Jakub Voracek has points in both of his games with the Czech Republic going 1-1-0 over the weekend. He posted the game-winning goal as CZE defeated Belarus, 2-0. Voracek posted an assist on the power play, but the team fell by a 2-1 score over Erik Gustafsson and Team Sweden on Saturday.

Gustafsson has one assist as the Swedish team also split their games, going 1-1-0.

The Flyers have four players on Team Canada, who also split their games this weekend. Claude Giroux recorded a point in the first game, posting an assist in Canada's 3-1 win on Saturday over Denmark.

The Canadian team dropped a 3-2 contest to the Swiss on Sunday, but Matt Read potted his first goal of the tournament, while defenseman Luke Schenn recorded an assist.

Ben Bishop has started both games for Team USA, with Cal Heeter not seeing tournament action as of yet.

Ilya Bryzgalov started for Team Russian in their first game, stopping all 15 shots he faced to post a 6-0 shut out win over Latvia.

Ten Flyers in IIHF World Hockey Championships

FLYERS AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Team Canada has four Flyers on their roster, tied for the most of any other NHL team.

SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Friday, May 3, 2013

10:15 am BLR-CZE (Voracek)

01:15 pm GER-FIN (Noebels)

02:15 pm SUI-SWE (Gustafsson)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

05:15 am AUT-USA (Heeter)

09:15 am LAT-RUS (Bryzgalov)

10:15 am DEN-CAN (Giroux-Read-Simmonds-Schenn)

02:15 pm SWE-CZE (Gustafsson & Voracek)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

09:15 am RUS-GER (Bryzgalov & Lauridsen)

10:15 am CAN-SUI (Giroux-Read-Simmonds-Schenn)

01:15 pm USA-LAT (Heeter)

02:15 pm DEN-NOR (Lauridsen)

The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships are set to kick off in Sweden and Finland on Friday, May 3 with 16 teams competing for the title. Of the 16 teams, 10 players from the Flyers organization will be competing in the annual tournament from seven different countries.

The Flyers have four players on the roster for Team Canada: defenseman Luke Schenn and forwards Claude Giroux, Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds. Giroux, Read and Simmonds will be making their first World Hockey Championship appearance, with only Schenn having tournament experience.

"It's a good experience," said Giroux. "To put that Canadian flag on your jersey, it's going to be nice. Anytime you get to play for your country it's a pretty big honor."

Giroux, who led the Flyers in scoring for the third consecutive year, does have international experience during his junior days, competing in the 2008 World Junior Championship, posting six points (2g-4a) in seven games, including a goal in the gold medal game, helping Canada capture its fourth straight title.

Teammates Luke Schenn and Wayne Simmonds were also that 2008 squad, as well as goaltender Steve Mason, who was named the Tournament MVP by posting a 5-0-0 record with a 1.19 goals-against average and .951 save percentage to go along with two shutouts.

Matt Read is playing for Team Canada for the first time in his career.

Each of the remaining players are scattered over six other teams, most notably the Flyers leading goal scorer, Jakub Voracek representing the Czech Republic, and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov representing Team Russia.

Voracek led the Flyers in goals this season, tallying 22 times for a new NHL career high. He also has plenty of international experience, playing two years on the World Junior stage in both the 2007 and 2008 Championships. This is also Voracek's third time in the World Championships, competing for Czech Republic in 2010 and 2011.

Bryzgalov easily has the most international experience of the group. He has competed in the Olympic Games for Russia on three occasions (2002, 2006, 2010), winning a bronze medal in 2002.

He has also earned a silver medal in his only World Junior Championship appearance in 2000.

This year's tournament will be his third World Championships (2000 & 2009) and first since he earned a gold medal in 2009 when the event was held in Switzerland.

Erik Gustafsson will play for Team Sweden for the first time in his career, while the three remaining Flyers all spent most, if not all, of their time with the team's AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms this past season: (D) Oliver Lauridsen (Denmark), (G) Cal Heeter (United States) and (F) Marcel Noebels (Germany).

A full schedule of games Flyers will be participating over the weekend is above. The elimination rounds of the tournament get underway on Thurs., May 16 with the gold medal game slated for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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