All of the Islanders playing in the IIHF Worlds are heading back home.
The USA and Canada both played in the quarterfinals; however, Canada was eliminated by a 4-3 loss to Slovakia, and the Americans were knocked out by Finland, 3-2 (on a late goal by Isles prospect Jesse Joensuu, no less). Finland will be playing in the bronze medal game, set for Sunday. John Tavares finished with nine points (4 G/5 A) and a +4 in eight games, while Kyle Okposo finished with three points (2 G/1 A) and a +2.
Frans Nielsen’s home country, Denmark, finished with a 1-6 record in seven games played, including a 6-2 loss to Norway in their final preliminary game. Their only win came against Latvia, 2-0. Nielsen finished with three assists, a -4 and around a 50% faceoff percentage.
Switzerland was knocked out of playoff contention with a string of losses, including an upset loss to France, 4-2. They came away with a 3-2 loss to Canada and a 5-2 loss to the USA. Mark Streit tallied four points (2 G/2 A) and a -5 in seven games as captain. Nino Niederreiter was held pointless in all six games he played, and had a -5 as well.