12/26: Islanders at the WJC Day One

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/25/2007 09:39:00 PM | | | | | |

Kyle Okposo/Rhett Rakhshani-USA
Robin Figren/Stefan Ridderwall-Sweden
Tomas Marcinko-Slovakia

Wednesday December 26th
Group A (ČEZ Arena, Pardubice):
10:00sm EST - Sweden - Slovakia
2:00pm EST - Czech republic - Canada

Group B (Tipsport arena, Liberec):
10:00am EST - USA - Kazakhstan
2:00om EST - Finland - Russia

A video feeder for team USA has been made available and linked to NYI Fan Central

To listen to Team USA's webcast of today's game click here.

Updated 1pm:
Islanders website: Jason Lockhart reports on team USA 5-1 victory over Kazakhstan. Kyle Okposo had a third period goal and an assist, Rhett Rakhshani scored game-winning goal from Okposo, both players combined for thirteen shots.

Sweden defeated Slovakia 4-3 with Robin Figren scoring a shorthanded goal, a powerplay goal and took seven shots with a penalty and a plus one. Stefan Ridderwall was the backup for Sweden.

Thomas Marcinko has a goal, a penalty and two shots and was a plus one for Slovakia.
Robin Figren and Thomas Marcinko earned Player of the Game Honors.

"Robin was the best player of the game," said Islanders scout Anders Kallur. "He was in a class by himself. He created chances, scored two goals and hit the crossbar. Every shift he competed hard and was rewarded with both power play and penalty kill time. His puck skills created many chances from the left side in the offensive end. On his shorthanded goal, he came from the left wing with good stickhandling. He took a wrister that went top corner. On the 3-1 goal he came out of the corner and scored a backhander through the five-hole.

"As for Tomas, he did not dominate, but he did some good things offensively, including scoring the 3-3 goal and hitting the crossbar. It was a good start for both of our players."

Updated 3:30pm
USA Today.com: Kevin Allen has a running blog on the WJC with his post game comments after team USA's win.