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Irish Make Impact at 2018 IIHF World Championships

May 16, 2018

The 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships is underway in Copenhagen, Denmark, and two former Irish icers have made a big impact for their teams. Anders Lee (2010-13) is competing in the tournament for the third time with Team USA while Peter Schneider (2011-15) made his IIHF World Championships debut with Team Austria.

After the preliminary round, Lee and Team USA will continue on to the quarterfinals against the Czech Republic this Thursday. They finished the first round atop Group B with a record of 4-2-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L).

With their first appearance in the IIHF World Championships since 2015, Team Austria finished seventh with a record of (1-0-0-5).

Anders Lee

Skating in all seven games for Team USA in the 2018 IIHF World Championships, Lee has helped his team to a tournament-leading 39 goals. He has recorded three points on three goals, including the first goal for Team USA in the tournament. Lee put the Americans on the board at 13:59 of the first period against Canada, stirring the comeback effort and lifting Team USA to a 5-4 shootout victory. He also recorded goals against Korea and Norway, including the game-tying tally against Korea that spurred 13 unanswered goals, leading the team to a 13-1 victory. Lee has notched 17 shots on goal in the tournament, and has recorded at least one in each of the seven games Team USA has played.


This is Lee’s third appearance in the IIHF World Championship tournament, having previously played for Team USA in 2015 and 2017, finishing with bronze in 2015. In three tournaments (25 games), he has 16 points on 9 goals and 7 assists.


 

 


After completing the preliminary round with a 4-2-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record, Team USA finished first in Group B and will face the Czech Republic in Quarterfinal action on Thursday, May 17. The two teams are set to face off in the Jyske Bank Boxen Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark at 4:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. EST). The game will be aired on the NHL Network.


Highlights:

  • Three points (3-0-3)
  • Plus-two on ice rating
  • 17 shots on goal

Game 1 – Lee scored his first goal of the tournament in the first period of the preliminary round game against Canada. His tally was the first of the tournament for Team USA.

Game 2 – Recorded four shots on goal against Denmark in Team USA’s 4-0 rout in game two of the tournament.

Game 3 – In Team USA’s 3-0 win over Germany, Lee put three pucks on net and averaged 57 seconds per shift on the ice.

Game 4 – Boasted a faceoff percentage of 1.00. Had two shots on goal in the overtime win against Latvia.

Game 5 – Put Team USA on the board 8:35 in to the game against Korea, tying it at 1, and recording the first of 13 unanswered goals. Recorded two shots on goal and a plus-one on ice rating.

Game 6 – Tallied his third goal of the tournament in Team USA’s 9-3 topping of Norway. His goal, the sixth for the American squad in the game, came in the final five minutes of the second period. Lee fired two shots on goal in the game and recorded a plus-two on ice rating.

Game 7 – Recorded three shots on goal in the loss to Finland.

Peter Schneider

In seven games played for Austria, Peter Schneider has two points on one goal and one assist. His first point came in the opening game against Switzerland, assisting on Manuel Ganahl’s goal in the third period to force overtime. Schneider recorded his first goal of the 2018 IIHF World Championships when Michael Raffl fed him a pass just 1:43 into the third period. The goal went on to be the eventual game-winner, as Austria beat Slovakia 4-2. This is Schneider’s first appearance in the IIHF World Championships and Team Austria’s first since 2015. He has dressed in all seven games in the tournament, starting five.


With the conclusion of the preliminary round, Schneider and Team Austria’s time in the tournament has concluded. Finishing seventh in Group A, they will not move on to the final rounds of competition.


Highlights:

  • One goal
  • Two points (1-1-2)
  • 10 shots on goal

Game 1 – Recorded an assist on Austria’s game-tying goal against Switzerland, forcing the preliminary round game to overtime.

Game 2 – Recorded two shots on goal against Russia, second highest among Austrian players, in the 7-0 loss.

Game 3 – Opened the third period scoring with a goal just 1:43 into the final period of play for his first of the tournament. Managed a .500 shot percentage, scoring on one of two shots.

Game 4 – Recorded one shot on goal and averaged 34 seconds per shift.

Game 5 – Fired two pucks on net in the first period against France.

Game 6 – Won 1 of two face-offs against Belarus and recorded one shot on goal for a plus-one on ice rating.

Game 7 – Closed out the game with two shots in the third period.

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