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World Hockey Championships - Qualifying Round

The World Hockey Championships qualifying round has completed in Cologne and Mannheim, Germany.  There was a played to make this round.  The qualifying round had the twelve remaining teams divided into two six team groups, who played round robins.  The top four teams in each group qualify for playoffs.

Here are the results:

Group E   Russia was the dominant team in this group.  They won all of their games and had 20 goals for while allowing only five.  Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Ovechkin and Maxim Afinogenov led them offensively.  Semyon Varlamov has become their top goalie.  Finland finished second with three wins.  Their top scorer was defenceman Petteri Nummelin, who was followed by Jarkko Immonen.  Pekka Rinne and Petri Vehanen.  Hometown Germany finished third with two wins and an overtime loss.  The Germans offence was led by Daniel Kreutzer, Felix Schutz and Alexander Barta.  Dennis Endras was the top goalie.  With two wins, Denmark is the final playoff team.  Peter Regin, Frans Nielsen and Lars Eller led them offensively.  Patrick Galbraith was the top goalie.  With one regulation win and one overtime win, Belarus is fifth.  Alexei Kalyuzhny and Dmitri Meleshko.  Andrei Mezin was the top goalie.  Slovakia finishes last with only one win.  Milan Bartovic and Ivan Ciernik led the team offensively, with Tomas Starostta leading the defence.  Peter Budaj was the top goalie.  Thus Russia, Finland, Germany and Denmark move through to the playoffs.

Group F   with four wins, Sweden wins this group.  Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson was the offensive star in this group with eight points.  Tony Martensson and defenceman Rickard Wallin were also significant offensive contributors.  Jonas Gustavsson and Jacob Markstrom shared the goaltending duties.  Switzerland and the Czech Republic both finished with three wins.  The Swiss took second by winning their common game.  The Swiss were led by Martin Pluss, Andreas Ambuhl and Damien Brunner.  Martin Gerber was the top goalie.  This leaves the Czechs in third.  Jaromir Jagr, Jiri Novotny and Jakub Klepis led them offensively.  Tomas Vokoun was their top goalie.  Canada and Norway both finished with two wins.  Canada won their common game and gets fourth place.  Canada has been the top offensive team so far, with 22 goals, despite a mediocre record.  Ray Whitney led the team offensively with eight points.  John Tavares, Matt Duchene and Corey Perry also contributed significant offence.  Chris Mason has been their top goaltender.  Norway finished fifth with Patrick Thoreson, Anders Bastiensen and Mats Zuccarello Aasen leading their offence with Pal Grotnes in goal.  Latvia finishes last with one win.  Janis Sprukts and Martins Karsums led their offence.  Edgars Marsalskis was their goaltender.  Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Canada advance to the playoffs.

The playoffs will run tomorrow with Finland playing Czech Republic, Sweden playing Denmark, Russia playing Canada and Switzerland playing Germany.

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