Games of the day 2
Sweden 3, Slovakia 0 – Jesper wallstedt (Minnesota Wild) made 48 saves for their first shutout at the World Juniors in Group B at WP Centrium in Red Deer.
“It’s always a boost of confidence, but I couldn’t do this performance without the team in front of me,” said Wallstedt. “We had a lot of blocked shots and we put their shots in areas where I could often control saves, so this performance couldn’t be achieved without the big team in front of me.”
Theodore Niederbach (The Detroit Red Wings), Albert Sjoberg (Dallas stars) and Daniel Ljungman (Stars) each scored for Sweden (2-0-0-0).
Simon Latkoczy (2022 NHL Draft eligible) made 24 saves for Slovakia (0-0-0-2), which lost 3-2 to the United States on Sunday.
“[Slovakia] was huge; I think they were better than us most of the game. I think we had some good times but overall they were better, “said Sweden manager Tomas Monten.” It was a great performance (from Wallstedt). If we are to take our chances, he has to be an important part for us and he really showed that today. “
Niederbach scored a power-play goal at 6:25 of the first period for a 1-0 lead, and Sjoberg made it 2-0 on a breakaway at 6:50 in the second period.
Wallstedt’s best save came at 1:04 of the third period on a power play in Slovakia when he slid to his right to stop a rebound attempt in Martin Chromiak (Los Angeles Kings) on a time-tested shot from the bottom of the left face-off circle.
Sweden pushed back Slovakia in a five-minute power play at 7:31 of the third period that included a 5-to-3 advantage for 1:10. During the power play, Slovakia called out Latkoczy for a 6v4 and a 6v3; however, Wallstedt, who was playing in his second World Juniors, stopped six shots during Slovakia’s advantage.
“I think we pushed the shots to the side. We tried to stay tight in the middle and make their shots appear from outside the box so I could control the shots and better control the rebounds,” said Wallstedt. “Otherwise it went really fast and it was good to finish it off and then we could take the win, so that was good.”
Ljungman scored a goal in an empty net at 6:45 p.m. for the 3-0 final.
Sweden then face the United States on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET). Slovakia face Russia on Wednesday (4:30 p.m. ET).
Germany 2, Czech Republic 1 (OT) – Alexander Blank (2022 NHL Draft) scored his second goal 1:20 into overtime on a shot from the bottom of the left face-off circle in Pool A at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
“I just had a little bit of speed to pick up the puck and then saw the defenseman not as fast as me so I just tried to go through him and shoot him to the net,” he said. declared Blank. “I didn’t even know where to film him, then he walked in.”
Florian Bugl (2022 draft-eligible) made 39 saves in his first start of the tournament for Germany (0-1-0-1).
“It’s a very important tournament, and to represent the country with a good performance, I think it’s the best feeling ever,” said Bugl.
Blank gave Germany a 1-0 lead at 4:29 of the second period.
Jan Mysak (Montreal Canadiens) deflected a shot from the right skate of German defenseman Arkadiusz Dziambor (2022 draft-eligible) at the bottom of the left face-off circle for a power-play goal to tie the game 1-1 for Czechia at 15 : 49.
Jan Bednar(Detroit Red Wings) made 30 saves in their first start for Czechia (0-0-1-1), which dressed five defenders and 15 forwards. Czech defender David Jiricek (2022 draft-eligible) was out of the lineup due to a lower-body injury and defender Michal Hradek did not play due to a suspension he received following a 6-3 loss to Canada on Sunday.
Germany will face Canada on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET). Czechia faces Finland on Wednesday (2 p.m. ET).
Russia 4, Switzerland 2 – Danila Yurov, an A-rated skater on the NHL Central Scouting Central’s list of players to watch for the 2022 NHL Draft, scored a goal and an assist for Russia in Pool B at Red Deer.
“He’s a good skater, he handles the puck well and he has a good shot,” said Russia coach Sergei Zubov. “We’re going to try to use it in the game, 5v5, definitely.”
Yurov, Dmitry Zlodeev (Vancouver Canucks) and Pavel Tyutnev (2022 draft-eligible) each scored in the first period when Russia opened up a 3-1 lead. Matvei Michkov, one of the top prospects in the 2023 NHL Draft, scored his third goal of the tournament, and Yegor Guskov (2022 draft eligible) made 16 saves for Russia (1-0-0-1).
“Scoring at the world junior level is always a great feeling, but the most important thing is that we really won,” said Zlodeyev. “We were playing aggressively and doing our job well and here is the result.”
Attilio Biasca (2022 draft eligible) and Fabian Ritzmann (2022 draft eligible) each scored, and Kevin Pasche (2022 draft eligible) made 28 saves for Switzerland (0-0-0-1).
“We created a few chances for ourselves but missed a lot of opportunities for the Swiss team and we hope that we will improve day by day,” said Zubov.
Russia faces Slovakia on Wednesday (4:30 p.m. ET). Switzerland face the United States on Tuesday (4:30 p.m. ET).
Finland 7, Austria 1 – City Koivunen (Carolina Hurricanes) scored two goals and one assist in Pool A in Edmonton.
Brad Lambert (2022 draft-eligible) scored one goal and two assists for Finland. Samuel Helene (Los Angeles Kings) scored a goal and an assist, and Kasper Simontaival (Kings), Niemela Mouse (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Kalle Vaisanen (New York Rangers) everyone scored.
Juha Jatkola (2022 draft-eligible) made eight saves in his first start for Finland (2-0-0-0).
The line of Koivunen (two goals, two assists), Helenius (three goals, one assist) and Lambert (one goal, four assists) totaled 13 points (six goals seven assists) in two games.
“They have a good relationship and they are good hockey players,” Finland coach Antti Pennanen said. “Brad Lambert is skillful and quick, Helenius wins battles and Koivunen has a good sense of hockey, so it’s a great combination.”
Helenius and Lambert are teammates of JYP in La Liiga, Finland’s top professional league. Koivunen plays for Karpat in Liiga.
“Two very good players,” said Koivunen. “Brad is very good with the puck and very good skating and Helenius is very big (6ft 6in, 201lbs) and good at defense so I think we complement each other very well.
Martin Urbanek (2022 draft-eligible) scored a power-play goal to bring Austria down to 3-1 at 5:39 of the second period. Sebastian Wraneschitz (2022 draft-eligible) made 41 saves for Austria (0-0-0-1), who dressed nine defenders and 11 forwards.
Finland will then play against Czechia on Wednesday (2 p.m. ET). Austria will face Canada on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET).
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