World Juniors Recap Day 9
Relegation Game 3: Latvia vs. Denmark
This one is a quick recap. Oliver Bjorkstrnd scores just 3:21 into the game to give the Danes a 1-0 lead. Patrick Madsen goes off for interference 11:26 into the second. That leads to a Kristians Pless powerplay goal 8 seconds later to tie the game for Latvia. Nothing to report in the third other than a Latvia timeout. Overtime was needed. Just 1:43 into the extra period, Nikita Jevpalovs scores to give Latvia the 2-1 OT win over Denmark to stay in the top tier of the World Junior championships. Denmark is relegated to Division I (One) Group A. Germany is promoted to the top tier.
Relegation Game 4: Switzerland vs. United States
All the scoring in this game came in the first period. 11:28 into the game, Austin Czarnik scores to give the Americans the 1-0 lead. Gaetan Haas ties it for the Swiss at 14:49. Kevin Gravel breaks the tie with 3:45 to go in the period. What follows is a series of minor penalties, 5 to the Swiss, 2 to the Americans, but none resulted in powerplay goals. With 27 seconds to go in regulation, Switzerland’s Tim Wolf left for the bench to get the extra attacker out, but the final score stood 2-1 for the Americans as Switzerland finishes eighth and the Americans seventh.
Fifth-Place Game: Czech Republic vs. Slovakia
This game has the two nations that used to be Czechoslovakia playing to see which side finishes fifth. 5:15 into the game, Radek Faksa scores for the Czechs to make it 1-0. At 13:37, Petr Holik makes it 2-0. Vojtech Mozik makes it 3-0 with 3:14 to go. That was scored on a 5-on-3. Milos Bubela makes it 3-1 as Slovakia gets on the board, the goal scored at 14:17 of the second. Over 2 minutes later, the Czechs’ Dominik Uher maks it 4-1, and chasing starting goalie Juraj Simboch in favor of Richard Sabol. Tomas Filippi makes it 5-1 2:32 into the third, and Matus Chovan scores for Slovakia to make it 5-2, and that was all the scoring that would take place in this game. The Czechs win and claim fifth place. Slovaks finish sixth.
Thursday has the final two games of the World Juniors. The Bronze Medal Game features Canada and Finland, while the Gold Medal Game has Sweden (looking for their first Gold in 31 years) and Russia (looking for their first back-to-back Gold since 2002-2003).