World Junior Championship roundup: Slovakia overtake USA

Wednesday is day three of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship, which takes place at the Scotiabank Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Avenir Center in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Games of the day 3

Slovakia 6, United States 3 — Slovakia scored three goals 3:19 into the second period for their first Group B victory at Avenir Centre.

Peter Repcik scored a goal and an assist, and Simon Nemec (New Jersey Devils) had three assists for Slovakia (1-0-0-1). It was Slovakia’s first victory over the United States at the World Juniors since a 3-2 win in the preliminary round on December 28, 2017; the United States have won eight of the previous nine matches.

“It was a great performance from every player,” said Simon Nemec. “A great performance from our goalkeeper, he was great. We are all very happy.

Tyler Boucher (Ottawa Senators) scored twice, and Gauthier cutter (Philadelphia Flyers) had two assists for the United States (1-0-0-1).

“I just think in general we’ve been playing too loose and giving up too many odd rushes,” USA coach Rand Pecknold said. “We are nonchalant in defense and we have to improve. We found a way to win on Monday (5-2 v Latvia) and we didn’t tonight. I thought their goaltender was exceptional, he was the best player on the ice, but that’s the game of hockey. We need to defend better and be in a better mode to win the games 2-1 and 3-2.

Libor Nemec gave Slovakia a 1-0 lead at 2:14 of the first period on a shot from the slot.

Boucher scored a power-play goal to tie it 1-1 at 4:42 before Gavin Brindley (2023 draft-eligible) gave the United States a 2-1 lead at 6:48 on a deflection from the slot .

Slovakia scored three goals on 10 shots in the second period. Dalibor Dvorsky (2023) scored a power play goal on a point shot for a 2-2 draw at 11:01; Robert Baco made it 3-2 on a shot from the right faceoff circle at 11:48; and Philippe Mesar (Montreal Canadiens) pushed it to 4-2 on a shot from the slot at 13:20.

American striker Kenny Connors (Los Angeles Kings) was assessed a game misconduct for tackling Slovakia defenseman David Natny at 17:34 of the second. Natny (2023) did not return to the game.

Repcik made it 5-2 when his breakaway deflected off the American defender’s skate Luc Hughes (Devils) at 10:46 of the third period.

Boucher scored a power play goal with the goalie shot for a 6-on-4 advantage at 15:08 to make it 5-3.

Alex Ciernik (2023) scored in an empty net for the final 6-3 at 18:53.

Canada v. Germany (6:30 p.m. ET) — Canada must overcome the shock of their 5-2 loss to the Czech Republic on Monday. Coach Dennis Williams kept the players off the ice on Tuesday, focusing instead on video work and saying more effort was needed to simplify their game. “I would have liked to see us do a better job of reaching the paint, getting to the tough spots, focusing more on how we want to play,” Williams said. Thomas Milic (eligible for the 2023 draft) will start in goal. Germany could stay with the goalkeeper Nikita Quapp after the Carolina Hurricanes prospect made 43 saves in a 1-0 loss to Sweden on Tuesday. Associate Editor Adam Kimelman contributed to this report

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