RUSSIA 6, CANADA 0
Canada was blanked by Russia in a 6-0 shutout, suffering their first loss of the 2020 World Juniors and one of their worst defeats in their 43-year participation in the annual event. Alexander Khovanov (Moncton Wildcats) notched Russia’s first just 1:44 into the opening frame, before goals from Pavel Dorofeyev and Nikita Rtishev would round out a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period. Nikita Alexandrov (Charlottetown Islanders) picked up a goal 2:18 into the second, prompting a goalie change that would see Joel Hofer (Portland Winterhawks) replace Nico Daws (Guelph Storm) in net for Canada. Egor Sokolov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) and Grigori Denisenko finished-off the Russian scoring as the second period wound down.
Russia outshot Canada 40-28, with goaltender Amir Mifthakov earning the shutout.
Canada lost the services of top 2020 NHL Draft prospect Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic) midway through the contest as the QMJHL’s top scorer left the game with an injury and didn’t return.
Canada falls to 1-1 on the tournament and will return to the ice Monday at 9am ET to square off against Germany.
GERMANY 4, CZECH REPUBLIC 3
Germany stunned the host Czech Republic in a 4-3 win before a big crowd in Ostrava, earning their first win of the World Junior Championship tournament. Lukas Reichel struck early for Germany, and John Peterka followed suit to give his team a 2-0 lead. Martin Has gave the Czechs their first goal within the final five minutes of the opening frame, before Carolina Hurricanes prospect Dominik Bokk found the back of the net twice in a row to lift Germany up 4-1. Arizona Coyotes pick Jan Jenik (Hamilton Bulldogs) and Libor Zabransky (Moose Jaw Warriors) cut the lead to 4-3, but the Czechs were unable to climb back, suffering their first loss of the tournament.
Germany was outshot 30-25, with Hendrik Hane finishing up with a 27-save night. Lukas Dostal put up 21 saves in net for the Czech Republic.
SWEDEN 5, SWITZERLAND 2
Sweden opened up a 5-0 lead on Switzerland, holding on for a 5-2 win on Day 3 of the World Junior Championships. L. A. Kings prospect Samuel Fagemo was the lone first period scorer, finding the back of the net twice within the opening 10 minutes. Their next three goals would come from Nils Höglander, Karl Henriksson, and Lucas Raymond. Gilian Kohler closed out the second period with Switzerland’s first goal, and New York Rangers prospect Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals) cut Sweden’s lead to a final 5-2 within the final frame.
The shots were an even 27 for each team, with Luca Hollenstein totaling 22 saves in net for Switzerland. Sweden’s Hugo Alnefelt finished with a 25-save performance.
Sweden improves to 2-0 while Switzerland sits at 1-1.
FINLAND 8, SLOVAKIA 1
Finland earned their first win of the tournament, skating past Slovakia 8-1. Carolina Hurricanes pick Patrik Puistola opened the scoring for Finland nearly five minutes into the game, and Arizona Coyotes prospect Aku Raty followed it up with another goal to round out the opening 20 minutes. The Finns earned four more consecutive goals from Joonas Oden, Aatu Raty, Mikko Kokkonen, and Eemil Erholtz before Slovakia finally found the back of the net thanks to Robert Dzugan. Aku Raty’s second of the game came in the final minute of the second period, and Ville Petman topped off the win within the game’s remaining nine minutes.
Both teams own 1-1 records, with the Finns holding four points due to an overtime loss against Sweden to start things out.