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The Daily: Red Wings Seider vs. Yzerman For World Honors; Cossa Chased, Walleye Ousted

Germany facing Canada in IIHF World Championship gold-medal game



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Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider and Germany will win an IIHF World Championship medal for the first time since 1953.

In his first NHL entry draft as GM of the Detroit Red Wings, Steve Yzerman selected German defenseman Moritz Seider at sixth overall. Yzerman held the belief that Seider would develop into a world-class player.

Since that day, Seider has done nothing but prove his boss to be correct. Sunday, that prognosis could prove to be much to Yzerman’s chagrin.

Seider and the Germans will be facing Canada in the gold-medal game at the IIHF World Championship. Yzerman is assistant GM of the Canadian squad. Red Wings assistant coach Alex Tanguay is filling a similar role for Canada.

Germany beat the USA 4-3 in overtime in Saturday’s semifinals to advance. They are guaranteed their first medal at the worlds since winnng silver in 1953. Germany also earned silver in 1930 but has never won the gold medal.

“Many people wrote us off before the World Cup,” Seider told “We have now shown it to them. We’ve secured a medal and now we’re one step away from making even more history.”

In the bronze-medal game, the USA will be facing Latvia. Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde on the USA coaching staff. Detroit prospect Carter Mazur, who finished last season with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins, is playing for the American squad.

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Ultimately, the Idaho Steelheads were proving to be too much for Sebastian Cossa and the Toledo Walleye to handle. In Game 5 of the WCHL Western Conference final, Red Wings 2021 first-round pick Cossa was chased from the net. He gave way to fellow Red Wings prospect John Lethemon after allowing four goals on nine shots in 30:08. Iadho went on to win the game 5-1 and took the best-of-seven series 4-1.

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