Well, folks, regulation play at the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship has finished. Notably, team USA closed out their play in the regular tournament writing another chapter in the book of play against Russia, coming out on top with a 5-3 win. Clayton Keller and Connor Murphy maintained their positions on the top line, while Christian Dvorak saw a shift to the bottom line. Keller would be the only Coyotes representative to notch a point, an assist, giving him 7 total points for the tournament.
Dvorak finished with 1 SOG and 8:23 TOI.
Keller finished with 1 assist, 1 SOG, and 13:00 TOI.
Murphy finished with 3 SOG and 17:34 TOI.
Now, all the teams will migrate to Germany if they are a top seed, or France if they are lower.
Quarterfinals play is here and every Coyotes representative made the cut. The games will play out as follows:
The breakdown of the bracket looks like this (courtesy of the IIHF2017Worlds website):
Team USA’s matchup against Finland will be interesting, to say the least. Finland came into the tournament ranked third overall, but a poor and frankly surprising tournament had them falling to fourth in Group B, only beating team France into the quarterfinals by 1 point. Team USA lead all of Group A with 18 points, just one point behind the 19 points that Canada led Group B with.
The matchup could go either way between these two teams. In a game that one bounce could decide who goes home and who moves on, the amount of penalties that Finland takes could decide the outcome of the game.
Team Sweden will face off against Switzerland. The Swiss finished second in Group B with 15 points and Sweden finished third in Group A with 16 points. This game will also be interesting, but it might be Sweden’s strong and offensive defense that pushes them for a win.
The Coyotes point totals going into the quarterfinals are as follows:
Dvorak - 1 goal, 1 point in 7 games
Ekman-Larson - 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points in 5 games
Keller - 5 goals, 2 assists, 7 points in 7 games
Murphy - 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points in 2 games
You can watch Team USA take on team Finland at 7:15 AM MST on Thursday, and team Sweden take on Switzerland at 11:15 AM MST.