World Juniors and Spengler Cup Recap for December 26, 2012

WORLD JUNIORS

Game 1: Latvia vs. Finland

Finland would get on the board first at 1:54 of the opening period, goal scored by Artturi Lehkonen. Latvia would tie it up at 8:25 when Nikolajs Jelisejevs scores. Miro Aaltonen would score twice in the period, first at 12:23 and again at 15:27. That would make it 3-1 Finland. Markus Granlund would make it 4-1 Finland at 13:02 of the second, and Rasmus Ristolainen would make it 5-1 for the Finns. That ended up being the final score. Final shots 44-12 Finland; Latvia had as many shots in the entire game as Finland had in the second period alone.

Game 2: Germany vs. Canada

Xavier Ouellet would put Canada on the board first, a powerplay goal at 3:02 of the opening period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would make it 2-0 at 9:36. Tobias Rieder would cut the Canadian lead to 2-1 at 19:29 on the powerplay for Germany. Mark Scheifele would put Canada up 3-1 while shorthanded at 2:18 of the second. Jonathan Huberdeau would make it 4-1 on the powerplay at 4:24. Ty Rattie would put the score up to 5-1 at 12:22. Ryan Strome would make it 6-1 at 13:48. Leonhard Pfoderl makes it 6-2 Canada at 16:22. Nickloas Latta makes it 6-3 at 18:22. Scheifele makes it 7-3 Canada at 19:58. Jonathan Drouin makes it 8-3 Canada at 4:46 of the third, and Tyler Wotherspoon rounds out the scoring with a goal at 17:03 to make it 9-3 Canada. That’s your end result there. Final shots are 46-28 Canada.

Game 3: Czech Republic vs. Sweden

Sweden strikes first early in the first period, a 5-on-3 goal scored by Sebastian Collberg at 2:16. Elias Lindholm makes it 2-0 on a powerplay goal at 3:48. Filip Sandberg makes it 3-0 while shorthanded at 3:03 of the second. Filip Forsberg makes it 4-0 at 12:07 of the third. The Czechs get on the board with 6 seconds left in the contest, goal by Lukas Sedlak. That’s the final score, 4-1 Sweden. And the final shots were 41-27 Sweden.

Game 4: Slovakia vs. Russia

Nikita Kucherov puts Russia on the board first at 14:04 of the first period. At 8:28 of the second, Alexander Khokhlachoyv puts Russia up 2-0. Matus Matis gets Slovakia on the board at 14:13. Late in regulation, upon gaining a 4:00 powerplay, Slovakia’s Richard Mraz ties the score with 36 seconds to go. That forces overtime and Slovakia steals a crucial point away form Russia for denying them a regulation decision. Slovakia unfortunately takes a penalty with 15 seconds to go in the extra period, and Russia scores with 10 seconds to play in that overtime, goal by Albert Yarullin. While Russia won 3-2 in overtime, they only pick up 2 points for the OT win, meaning that point Slovakia stole to force the extra time will become crucial down the stretch. Final shots were 34-27 in favor of Slovakia.

SPENGLER CUP

Game 1: Fribourg vs. Ufa

Ufa gets on the board first at 15:06 of the opening period, goal by Igor Mirnov on the powerplay. 5:20 into the second, Benjamin Pluss ties the score up for Fribourg. Gregory Mauldin gives Fribourg the 2-1 lead at 6:45, while shorthanded. Andrei Bykov makes it 3-1 Fribourg at 9:30 of the third. At 13:11, Julien Sprunger makes it 4-1. And Mike Knoepfli makes it 5-1 at 16:22, with an assist going to former Penguin Max Talbot. Final shots were 35-32 Fribourg.

Game 2: Canada vs. Mannheim

This was a very close contest as these two teams opened up their part of the tournament. Adam Mitchell would open up the scoring for Adler Mannheim at 15:54 of the first period on the powerplay. There was no scoring in the second period. At 10:30 of the third period, Tyler Seguin would tie the game up on Canada’s own powerplay. Overtime was needed and 3:00 into the extra period, Jason Pominville would score the winning goal for Adler Mannheim. The final score was 2-1 for the German-based squad, and the final shots were 35-21 in favor of Canada.