Rampage Represented at World Championships
The 2016 IIHF World Championships concluded on Sunday with Canada taking a 2-0 win over Finland to capture the gold medal and successfully defend their 2015 championship. Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene notched the second goal for Canada, but it was Connor McDavid’s opening tally that stood as the game winner in the shutout victory.A few faces familiar to Rampage fans could be seen on the ice throughout the tournament. Goalie Calvin Pickard served as the backup to Cam Talbot for Canada and played 120 minutes over the course of 10 games. He allowed one goal on 35 shots and finished with a 97.14% save percentage.
Mikko Rantanen was one of three players who captured the gold medal at the World Junior Championships in January to suit up for Finland again in the World Championships. The 19-year-old, who just completed the best rookie season in Rampage history, co-winning the AHL’s top rookie honor while landing a spot on the All-Rookie and second-team AHL All-Star rosters, tallied an assist in five games for Finland.
Andreas Martinsen, who began the 2015-16 campaign with the Rampage but was recalled by the Avalanche on November 8 and spent the rest of the season with the NHL club, skated for Norway, recording two goals and an assist. Norway finished 2-1-0-4 in preliminary play and didn’t advance to the medal round.
Reto Berra backstopped Switzerland to a 1-1-3-2 record in the preliminary round, posting a 3.39 goals against average and an 88.07% save percentage. The Swiss didn’t advance to the medal round and finished in 11th place in the tournament.