World Championships update: Flyers making an impact

World Championships update: Flyers making an impact
May 5, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Jakub Voracek has one goal and one assist in two games for the Czech Republic in the World Championships. (AP)

Ten Flyers are currently competing in the IIHF World Championships, which is being held in Sweden and Finland.

So, how are they doing in the tournament?

Here's a brief update on how the members of the orange and black have performed through the first weekend of play.

Czech Republic (1-1)
Jakub Voracek: The 23-year-old is showing his country why he earned the Flyers' most valuable player award this season. In his first two games of the tournament, Voracek has two points (one goal, one assist) and tallied the game-winning marker in the Czech Republic's 2-0 win over Belarus.

Canada (1-1)
Claude Giroux: It appears Team Canada has relied heavily on the the Flyers' captain. Through the first two games, Giroux has averaged just over 21 minutes per game. He has one assist, 10 shots on net and four penalty minutes.

Luke Schenn: The gritty defenseman has picked up one assist and a plus-3 rating in Canada's first two games. He's seeing plenty of ice time, averaging 19:34 minutes per contest.

Matt Read: Although Canada fell to the Swiss on Sunday, Read potted his first goal of the tournament.

Wayne Simmonds: He hasn't made a big impact on Team Canada yet, but Simmonds is plus-1 with five shots on net in two games.

Russia (2-0)
Ilya Bryzgalov: In Russia's first game, Bryzgalov turned aside all 15 shots fired his way to post a 6-0 shutout win over Latvia. Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov got the start in Russia's second contest, a 4-1 victory over Germany.

Sweden (1-1)
Erik Gustafsson: The blue liner has appeared in both games for Sweden and picked up a helper on Henrik Tallinder's second-period goal in a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic on Saturday.

Denmark (0-2)
Oliver Lauridsen: The towering defenseman logged over 20 minutes of ice time in Team Denmark's 3-1 loss to Canada. He had two shots on target.

Germany (0-2)
Marcel Noebels: The 21-year-old played just eight minutes in Germany's 4-3 loss to Finland. He was scratched for Sunday's 4-1 loss to Russia.

USA (2-0)
Cal Heeter: The Phantoms' goalkeeper has yet to appear for Team USA. Tampa's Ben Bishop has started both games, allowing just four goals on 41 shots.

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