By Seth DeWitt
Another week is in the books from the IIHF Tournament in Helsinki and Stockholm. The quarterfinals portion is now underway. Cal Heeter and Team USA along with Erik Gustafsson and Team Sweden have moved on to the playoff portion of the World Championships while Oliver Lauridsen with Denmark and Marcel Noebels with Germany seasons have concluded.
Here is an update of the Phantoms with their national teams.
Cal Heeter and Team USA (6-2-0) have moved on to the next round after defeating Russia 8-3 earlier this morning and will now face Switzerland on Saturday in the semifinals. Cal Heeter is serving as the third goaltender behind Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL and John Gibson of the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL.
Erik Gustafsson and Team Sweden (6-2-0) take on Canada later this afternoon. In seven games, Gustafsson is currently ranked second amongst Swedish defensemen in ice-time (22:49) behind Alexander Edler who just joined the Swedes after the Vancouver Canucks were defeated by the San Jose Sharks 4-0 in their playoff series. Gustafsson has tallied one assist and is a +4 in the tournament.
Oliver Lauridsen and Denmark (2-5-0) finished the IIHF Tournament with a 2-5-0 record. Pictured below, Lauridsen is seen shaking the hand of Denmark’s Head Coach Per Backman after being recognized by the team as the Player of the Game on May 14. He led the team in total ice-time (23:43) against Sweden in their final game of the preliminary round. Lauridsen finished the World Championships with over 18 minutes of ice-time and had 6 SOG in seven games.
Marcel Noebels and Germany completed the preliminary round with a 3-4-0 record. Noebels played in three games averaging over 8 minutes of ice-time and had 2 SOG.
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