Martin Cibak got his first point of the tournament today against Russia assisting on Tomas Surovy's first period goal. Despite the contribution, however, Slovakia fell 4-3. Slovakia finished a disappointing third in Group C but still advances to the Qualification Round.
At the end of a wild third period that saw the Swiss and Swedes score 6 goals in total, both teams were forced to settle for a 4-4 tie. Andreas Holmqvist
was scoreless and even with 0 shots on goal for Sweden. Timo Helbling had the same box score line for the Swiss. Sweden wins Group B on goal differential. Switzerland, in second, advances to the Qualification Round as well.
's Finnish team clinched Group A yesterday.
[b]Opening Round Statistics[/b]
G Fredrik Norrena (FIN), 1-0-0, 3.00 GAA, .813 sv%, 0 SO
D Andreas Holmqvist (SWE), 3 GP, 0-1-1, 0 PIM, +1, 5 SOG
C Martin Cibak (SVK), 3 GP, 0-1-1, 2 PIM, +2, 3 SOG
D Timo Helbling (SUI), 3 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM, E, 0 SOG
LW Anton But
was forced to withdraw his name from consideration for Team Russia prior to the tournament due to injury. But hurt his abductor injury during the Superleague season and was hobbled with the injury for much of the playoffs [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/tournament.php?tour_id=2006029&anchor=News]according to Russianprospects.com.[/url]