Czech Republic 5 vs. Canada 4 SO
Team Canada erased four one-goal deficits on Saturday to force overtime and a shootout ultimately falling to the Czech Republic by a 5-4 score in their second preliminary game at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.
Canada’s record now stands at 1-0-1-0 for four points where they stand second in the Group A standings.
Jonathan Drouin (Halifax Mooseheads) was named Player of the Game for Canada with one goal and one assist and also tallied Canada’s only goal in the shootout.
Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice) also picked up two points including Canada’s first goal which tied the game late in the first period later adding an assist on Drouin’s marker early in the third period. Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or Foreurs) collected two assists.
Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts) scored a shorthanded goal in the third period, followed by the final equalizer by Charles Hudon (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) with just under seven minutes to play in regulation time.
Bo Horvat (London Knights), Connor McDavid (Erie Otters), Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals), and Curtis Lazar (Edmonton Oil Kings) each contributed one assist.
Michal Plutnar (Tri-City Americans) scored one of the Czech Republic’s four goals.
Jake Paterson (Saginaw Spirit) made 24 saves for Canada, while Marek Langhamer (Medicine Hat Tigers) earned the win stopping 25 shots.
Captain Petr Sidlik (Victoriaville Tigres) was named Player of the Game for the Czech Republic.
Canada will face Slovakia on Monday.
United States 6 vs. Slovakia 3
The United States won their second straight game to open the 2014 IIHF World Juniot Hockey Championship by a 6-3 score over Slovakia and now stand alone atop the Group A standings with six points.
Ryan Hartman (Plymouth Whalers) scored a goal and an assist, while former Whaler Connor Carrick picked up a single helper for the second straight game.
Former Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward and New Jersey Devils prospect Stefan Matteau also scored for the United States.
Montreal Canadiens prospect Martin Reway (Gatineau Olympiques) earned Best Player honours for Slovakia with two goals.
Sweden 4 vs. Finland 2
Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oscar Dansk (Erie Otters) made 18 saves to backstop the host Team Sweden to their second straight win of the tournament with a 4-2 decision over Finland in Group B action.
Russia 7 vs. Switzerland 1
Team Russia picked up their second straight win by a 7-1 score over the Swiss to open the tournament tied for first place with Sweden in the Group B standings.
2014 NHL Draft prospect Ivan Barbashev (Moncton Wildcats) was one of seven goal scorers for Russia in this contest along with former Quebec Remparts forward Mikhail Grigorenko.
Nikita Zadorov (London Knights) picked up an assist.
Jason Fuchs (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) scored the lone goal for Switzerland and was named the team’s Best Player.
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