The 2013 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship continued with preliminary round action Friday with four games on the schedule:
Canada 6 vs. Slovakia 3
Trailing by two goals in the second period, Canada came from behind to beat Slovakia 6-3 at the World Junior Hockey Championship Friday.
Ryan Strome (Niagara IceDogs) scored a pair of goals and defenceman Morgan Rielly (Moose Jaw Warriors) contributed a goal and an assist to lead Canada, now 2-0 in Pool B.
Canada takes on the United States on Sunday and concludes the preliminary round against host Russia on New Year’s Eve.
Forwards J.C. Lipon and Anthony Camara were both out of Friday’s game by 6:21 of the second period with game misconducts. That reduced Canada to 10 forwards because Boone Jenner was serving the second of a three-game suspension.
Trailing 2-0 after the first period and 3-1 midway through the second, Canada then exploded for six unanswered goals.
Mark Scheifele (Barrie Colts) scored the go-ahead goal with less than a minute remaining in the second period. Ty Rattie (Portland Winterhawks) and captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Red Deer Rebels grad) also scored.
Defenceman Xavier Ouellet (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) assisted on two Canadian goals.
Malcolm Subban (Belleville Bulls) turned away 25 of 28 shots on the Canadian net for his second win of the tournament.
One of two CHL players on Slovakia, Martin Reway of the Gatineau Olympiques recorded one assist in the contest.
Czech Republic 3 vs. Finland 1
The Czech Republic picked up their first win of the World Junior Championship with a 3-1 win over Finland who falls to 1-1.
All three Czech Republic goals were scored by CHL players including Tomas Hyka (Gatineau Olympiques) who opened the scoring in the first period, Marek Hrbas (Kamloops Blazers) who netted the game-winner shortly after, and Best Player Dmitrij Jaskin (Moncton Wildcats) who scored an empty-netter.
Martin Frk (Halifax Mooseheads) and Tomas Pavelka (PEI Rocket) each recorded one assist.
Patrik Bartosak (Red Deer Rebels) made 29 saves in the win.
Sweden 3 vs. Switzerland 2 SO
Sweden remains unbeated at the World Junior Championship after beating Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout on Friday.
Victor Rask of the Calgary Hitmen scored the shootout’s only goal to lift the defending champs to victory.
Rickard Rakell of the Plymouth Whalers assisted on Sweden’s second goal.
Sven Andrighetto (Rouy-Noranda Huskies) recorded one assist for Switzerland.
Russia 2 vs. United States 1
The host Russians remain undefeated after beating the United States 2-1 who now fall to 1-1.
Goaltender Andrei Makarov of the Saskatoon Blades was named Best Player after making 41 saves in the victory.
Artem Sergeev of the Val-d’Or Foreurs and former Sarnia Sting star Nail Yakupov each recorded an assist.
The Sting’s Alex Galchenyuk picked up an assist on the lone USA goal.
John Gibson of the Kitchener Rangers made 28 saves despite the loss.
The 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship continues Saturday with two games including Sweden vs. Latvia and Russia vs. Germany.