Two Wild Players Medal At World Championships
|Martin Skoula and the Czechs left Riga, Latvia with silver medals.|
Nevertheless, two Wild players - Martin Skoula of the Czech Republic and Mikko Koivu of Finland - brought home some more hardware from Europe at the World Championships in Latvia. Skoula and the Czechs dropped a 4-0 decision to the Swedes in the gold medal game on Sunday. Skoula finished the tournament with two assists and 19 shots on goal in nine games played.
Koivu added a bronze medal to his quickly growing trophy case in World competition. Not only did he win silver in Torino, Italy, but he also came away with a second-place finish with Finland in the World Cup of Hockey in 2004. Finland dumped Nick Schultz in Canada in the bronze medal game, 5-0.
Koivu finished the tournament with two goals and two assists in nine games. Schultz, who won gold as a member of Team Canada at the 2004 World Championships, picked up two assists in nine games and posted a +4 rating.
Three Wild prospects also participated in the tournament. Patrick O’Sullivan of Team USA scored a goal on his only shot of the tournament, picking up the game-winner against Latvia in the preliminary round. Defenseman Grigory Misharin picked up an assist in three games with Team Russia. Morten Madsen of Denmark was held without a point in three games played.