Goligoski, Okposo, Team USA Face Finland In Quarterfinals

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Former Gopher Kyle Okposo has two goals and one assist in seven IIHF World Championship games.
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The 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship has reached the win-or-go-home stage. The quarterfinals are tomorrow and former Gophers Alex Goligoski and Kyle Okposo and Team USA will face defending champion Finland in Helsinki.

The Americans finished round-robin play with a 4-2-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record, which put them in second place in their group. One of their four wins was a 5-0 triumph against Finland (5-0-0-2) on May, 13.

Goligoski, who had one assist against Finland, has five points in seven tournament games. He has one goal and four assists and is +6 (tied for second best on the team) during the annual tournament. He also has taken only one minor penalty.

Okposo has two goals and one assist in seven games and has not taken any penalties for Team USA.

Two other former Gophers competed in the championship, but their teams have been eliminated from play. Evan Kaufmann skated in seven games for Germany (2-0-0-5) and had one assist, while Matt DeMarchi totaled two goals and 14 penalty minutes in seven games for Italy (0-1-0-6). DeMarchi scored two of Italy's six goals in the tournament. 

Complete IIHF World Championship information.

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