The preliminary round of the IIHF World Championship is fast approaching and the Arizona Coyotes' prospects are continuing the thrive. Five players from the organization are currently representing their home countries at the tournament, and soon we will see who advances to the next round.
Adin Hill got the start for Canada's 7-1 win over Italy, in what is probably one of the least surprising wins of the tournament. In what must have felt like a rare occurrence for the netminder from Comox, BC, his team in front of him helped him out by outshooting their opponents 49-14.
Things didn't go as well for Canada in their next match though. Darcy Kuemper was back in net for a 3-2 shootout loss to Finland. After a rough start to the tournament, it was great to see both Coyotes' netminders bounce back.
Michael Bunting has continued to be held pointless for two more games. He has gotten more ice time as the tournament has progressed, but has yet to get to record a point.
The United States beat Germany 2-0 in their last matchup, and are currently playing their last game of the preliminary round. Garland continued to rack up points, getting his fifth assist of the tournament and sixth point.
Team Great Britain
No Coyotes' player has surprised more this tournament than Liam Kirk. He is the youngest player from the organization playing in the tournament, and he was playing for a team that nobody expected to do much.
But he has been one of the most impressive players in the tournament, leading the tournament with seven goals and he is second with nine points.
Kirk registered an additional three points (2g, 1a) in Great Britain's 6-3 loss to Switzerland.