Saturday is day six 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 6
Switzerland 4, Slovakia 3 (SO) — Rodwin Dionicio (2023 draft eligible) scored the winner in the 10th round of a Group B shootout at Center Avenir.
“I came in from the right side and wielded the stick and took it one-handed, five holes,” Dionicio said. “I’ve actually seen this move before from Nashville Predators camp over the summer… (hope) Joakim Kemell did it at camp. I saw it and just took it off and It worked so that’s all that matters.”
Liekit Reichle (2023 draft eligible) had a goal and an assist, and Kevin Pasche (2023 draft eligible) made 29 saves for Switzerland (0-3-0-1), who won their third game of the tournament in overtime or in a shootout. , including a 3-2 overtime win over Finland on December 26 and a 3-2 shootout win over Latvia on December 27.
“I think that says we never give up,” said Lorenzo Canonica (2023 draft eligible). “We are a tough team to face and we never give up in any battle. We fight hard, so that’s our team spirit. We want to be the toughest team on the ice.”
Servac Petrovsky (Minnesota Wild) scored twice, and Philippe Mesar (Montreal Canadiens) and Libor Nemec (eligible for the 2023 draft) each had two assists for Slovakia (2-0-1-1). Adam Gajan (eligible for the 2023 draft) made 32 saves in his third consecutive start.
“It was a difficult match for us, we are all disappointed,” said Petrovsky. “We should win this game, but it happened and we have to move on. Before the tournament we would be satisfied with seven points, but now we are disappointed. So we have to prepare for the quarter-finals.”
Mischa Ramel (eligible for the 2023 draft) cut it to 3-2 at 2:20 of the third period after receiving a pass from Reichle in the high slot.
Canonica tied the game 3-3 at 8:40 on the power play, scoring with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle.
Adam Sykora (New York Rangers) gave Slovakia a 1-0 lead at 4:11 of the first period. He picked up the puck behind the net and skated into the slot before blocking a shot over the line.
Reichle tied the game 1-1 at 1:07 of the second period on a wrist shot from the slot.
Petrovsky scored twice 49 seconds into the second to give Slovakia a two-goal lead. His first goal of the tournament made it 2-1 at 17:20, scoring on an instant shot in the crease, and he scored on a wrist shot from almost the same spot to make it 3-1 at 6:09 p.m.
Pasche made eight shootout saves. He turned down Slovak striker Dalibor Dvorsky (eligible for the 2023 draft) just before Dionicio’s goal.
Czech Republic vs. Germany (1:30 p.m. ET) – Czechia are coming off a 3-2 extra-time loss to Sweden but can still take the lead in Group A with a regulation win and a regulation loss by Sweden. Goaltender Tomas Suchanek (2023 draft eligible) has two wins in three starts with a 1.65 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and one shutout for Czechia (2-0-1-0 ). Germany (1-0-0-2) secured the fourth seed after a 4-2 win over Austria on Friday.
United States vs. Finland (4 p.m. ET) – The United States (2-0-0-1) has won three of the last five games against Finland at the World Juniors, including a 4-3 win in the 2021 WJC semifinals. The United States won 5- 1 against Switzerland on Thursday after a 6-3 loss to Slovakia on Wednesday. Finland (2-0-1-0) will be looking to clinch the top seed in Group B with a win. Goaltender Jani Lampinen (2023 draft eligible) has two wins with a 1.00 GAA, .964 save percentage and one shutout. USA will need a win by any means to take top spot in Group B; a loss will put them in third place.
Canada v. Sweden (6:30 p.m. ET) — Canada (2-0-0-1) leads the tournament in power-play goals (11) and power-play percentage (68.75). Connor Bedard, the No. 1 projected pick in the 2023 draft, has scored or assisted on 13 of the last 22 goals (five goals, eight assists) and leads the tournament in goals (six), assists (eight) and points (14) . Goaltender Carl Lindbom (Vegas Golden Knight) has won each of his three starts and has a 0.66 GAA, .974 save percentage and two shutouts for Sweden (2-1-0-0) for 10 in 10 on penalty. kill.
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