The 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship includes 55 current CHL players and five graduates competing in Malmo, Sweden. Here is a recap of Monday’s action:
Canada 5 vs. Slovakia 3
Team Canada battled back from a 3-1 deficit with four unanswered goals including two in the final three minutes from Winnipeg Jets prospect Nic Petan (Portland Winterhawks) who also added an assist for a three-point game.
Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or Foreurs) was named Canada’s Best Player with a goal and four assists.
Canada trailed 1-0 early in the first period but got a goal late in the opening frame from Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar (Edmonton Oil Kings) who later picked up an assist on Petan’s second goal.
Tampa Bay Lightning third overall pick Jonathan Drouin (Halifax Mooseheads) continued his strong play with the game-tying goal and an assist.
Montreal Canadiens prospect Martin Reway (Gatineau Olympiques) had a goal and two assists for Slovakia.
Fellow Canadiens prospect Zach Fucale (Halifax Mooseheads) made 19 saves in the win.
Canada will now face the United States on New Year’s Eve at 11:30 am Eastern with a chance to clinch first place in Group A with a regulation victory.
Germany 3 vs. Czech Republic 0
Team Germany picked up their first win of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic in Group A action.
Marvin Cupper (Shawinigan Cataractes) made 40 saves to earn the shutout victory as Germany’s Best Player.
Dominik Kahun (Sudbury Wolves) scored a goal and an assist, with Tim Bender (London Knights) adding one assist.
Marek Langhamer (Medicine Hat Tigers) made 31 saves despite the loss but was named Best Player for the Czechs.
The Czech Republic will need a win on Tuesday against Slovakia to advance to the Medal Round.
Finland 4 vs. Russia 1
Finland picked up their second win in Group B action with a 4-1 win over Russia putting the teams into a tie for second place with six points.
Henri Ikonen (Kingston Frontenacs) contributed an assist for Finland, while former Quebec Remparts forward Mikhail Grigorenko assisted on the lone goal for Russia.
Both Finland and Russia are in the mix and can finish first in Group B. Finland plays Switzerland to close out the round-robin schedule while Russia wraps up competition against Sweden who leads both teams by three points.
Switzerland 3 vs. Norway 2
Switzerland won their first game of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship edging winless Norway by a 3-2 score.
San Jose Sharks prospect Mirco Mueller (Everett Silvertips) and Fabrice Herzog (Quebec Remparts) each scored for Switzerland.
Switzerland will wrap up round-robin play against Finland on Tuesday.
For more information about the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship please visit worldjunior2014.com.