The 2014 IIHF World Championships came to a close on Sunday as Russia defeated Finalnd 5-2 to capture the gold medal, its fourth in seven years. Evgeni Malkin snapped a 2-2 tie early in the second period, and Alex Ovechkin, Danis Zaripov, Viktor Tikhonov and Sergei Shirokov also tallied goals to lead Russia to the win. Sweden blanked the Czech Republic 3-0 in the Bronze Medal game.
The United States made an early exit from the tournament, losing to the Czech Republic 4-3 on Thursday. Team USA fell into a 4-1 hole early. Justin Abdelkader received a five-minute major and a game misconduct early in the second period, giving the Czechs a five minute man-advantage. They captialized twice on the penalty and scored again late in the frame to take a commanding 4-1 lead into the game's final period. Two quick goals by Tyler Johnson late in the third period nearly helped the U.S. stage a miraculous comeback, but the Czechs held on for the victory.
Drew Shore tallied a goal and an assist for the U.S., averaging 9:44 minutes of ice time per game. The goal was one of the most impressive of the tournament, a shorthanded tally against Germany (see below).
Vincent Trocheck averaged 11:38 of ice time per game and finished 56.45% on face-offs, including a 7-for-9 performance in the quarterfinal game.
In total, 10 current or former Rampage players competed in the IIHF World Championships, representing five different nations.
Kyle Turris, Canada -- played in 86 games for the Rampage from 2008-11 (28G, 43A)
Erik Gudbranson, Canada -- played in two games for the Rampage during the 2012-13 season
Jonas Ahnelov, Sweden -- played in 96 games for the Rampage between 2008-11 (3G, 9A)
Joakim Lindstrom, Sweden -- played in three games with the Rampage during the 2008-09 season (1G, 1A)
Mikkel Boedker, Denmark -- played in 100 games for the Rampage between 2009-11 (23G, 49A)
Viktor Tikhonov, Russia -- played in 82 games for the Rampage between 2008-11 (14G, 30A)
Evgeny Dadonov, Russia -- played in 20 games for the Rampage during the 2011-12 season (5G, 4A)
Tim Stapleton, USA -- played in 20 games for the Rampage during the 2010-11 season (8G, 7A)
Drew Shore, USA -- current Rampage player (6G, 26A in 50 games this sesaon)
Vincent Trocheck, USA -- current Rampage player (16G, 26A in 55 games this season)