There are half-a-dozen players in the Wild organization participating in the 2012 IIFC World Championships, so you’re probably wondering how our guys are doing. Well, we’ve been tracking their progress despite the international time zone difference thanks to this little thing called the Internet. Instead of trying to figure out how to read the Finnish translations, just check back in with the Lighthouse every once in a while and we’ll have all your updates.
Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund have led Team Finland to a 3-0 record in the tournament, thus far. Koivu has registered a single assist, but the Finnish captain leads the team in shots on goal with 11, so his scoring is bound to pick up. Granlund has three assists, which lead the team, and is tied for the lead in points.
Team Sweden is leading Group S, and has two Wild prospects skating for the squad. Jonas Brodin and Johan Larsson have played in three games apiece. Brodin has registered a goal and Larsson has two assists.
One of Larsson’s assists came against Dennis Endras and Team Germany today. The Wild goaltending prospect made 40 saves in the 5-2 loss to Team Sweden. On the opening day of the tournament, Endras recorded a 22-save shutout in a 3-0 win against Team Italy.
Goaltender Matt Hackett is yet to play for Team Canada as the Canadians currently sit atop Group H with 10 points.