Josi/Smith Go Head-to-Head at World Championships

Tuesday, 05.15.2012 / 4:30 PM CT / Features
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Josi\/Smith Go Head-to-Head at World Championships

Craig Smith and Team USA knocked off Roman Josi and Team Switzerland, 5-2, in the final game of Helsinki Group Play at the 2012 World Championships. With the win, the US claimed the No. 2 seed in the Group and will face Finland in the Quarterfinals on Thursday.

Switzerland closed the tournament with a 2-5-0 record for fifth place in Group Play. Josi picked up an assist in the game, his first point of the tournament, averaging 19:33 of ice time in his three games during the tournament.

Smith was held off the scoresheet, but still fired a game-high four shots on goal, to close out Group Play with one assist in three games.

In other action today at the Worlds, Martin Erat continued his strong play with a goal in Czech Republic's 8-1 win over Germany. Erat recorded two goals and one assist in three games during Group Play, helping the Czechs to a third place showing in the Stockholm Group. Czech Republic will face No. 2 seed Sweden in Thursday's Quarterfinals. The Swedes closed out Group Play with a 4-0 win over Latvia. Patric Hornqvist had two shots on goal in 18:41 of ice time, just his second game of the tournament after joining the team over the weekend.

Sergei Kostitsyn netted the lone goal for Belarus --- assisted by brother Andrei --- in a 5-1 loss to Canada. Belarus closed the tournament with a 1-6-0 record for sixth place in the Helskinki Group. Sergei finished the tournament with one goal and one assist in three games, while Andrei picked up a pair of assists in the three games.

Quarterfinals Set:
Helskinki Group --- No. 1 Canada vs. No. 4 Slovakia and No. 2 USA vs. No. 3 Finland
Stockholm Group --- No. 1 Russia vs. No. 4 Norway and No. 2 Sweden vs. No. 3 Czech Republic is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and are trademarks of the Nashville Predators.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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