SWEDEN 4, FINLAND 2
By Lucas Aykroyd, IIHF.com: A packed Malmö Arena witnessed a hard-fought Saturday afternoon clash as host Sweden downed the Finns 4-2. Jacob de la Rose got the winner in the second period.
Sometimes Sweden-Finland rivalry games don’t live up to the hype, turning into “wait and see” affairs. It quickly became apparent that this wouldn’t be the case today. High-tempo, aggressive hockey ruled the day in front of 11,604 fans – another new World Junior attendance record for an IIHF U20 game in Sweden.
Alexander Wennberg led the way with two goals and an assist, and Andreas Johnson added a goal and an assist in Sweden’s second straight win.
USA 6, SLOVAKIA 3
By Andrew Podnieks, IIHF.com: The USA built a 3-0 lead and pulled away to defeat Slovakia 6-3 to stay perfect at the 2014 U20. Slovakia fell to 1-1 with the loss.
Slovakia mounted a partial comeback late in the second to make it 3-2 after 40 minutes, but that’s as close as they got.
As in their first game, the Americans got goals from all different players. Six players also had two points in the game.
RUSSIA 7, SWITZERLAND 1
By Lucas Aykroyd, IIHF.com: After two strange goals in the first period, things quickly reverted to normal as Russia defeated Switzerland in a 7-1 romp on Saturday at Malmö Arena.
Alexander Barabanov and Damir Zhafyarov paced the attack with a goal and an assist apiece, and Ivan Barbashyov, Andrei Mironov, Bogdan Yakimov, Vyacheslav Osnovin, and Mikhail Grigorenko also scored for Russia.
“We’re feeling pretty good right now,” said Barbashyov. “We’ve played really well the last two games against Norway and Switzerland. But I’m pretty sure we can play much better in the defensive zone.”
Jason Fuchs replied for Switzerland.
After splitting time with Ivan Nalimov in the opening 11-0 win over Norway, goalie Andrei Vasilevski, playing his third World Juniors, went the distance for Russia. Swiss backup Sascha Rochow got his first tournament start. Russia outshot Switzerland 34-26.
CZECH REPUBLIC 5, CANADA 4 (SO)
By Andrew Podnieks, IIHF.com: Dominik Simon scored a Peter Forsberg-style shootout goal to give the underdogs a huge victory. It was the first Czech win over Canada in U20 history.
Indeed, the last time any nation with “Czech” in the name that beat Canada at the U20s was January 4, 1993, when the Czech/Slovak Republic won, 7-4. Since then, Canada has had a record of 12-2-0 in 14 games – until tonight’s historic result.
And the hero was Simon, who took the sixth shot of the shootout after each side had scored once. “As soon as the coach told me I was taking the shootout, I knew I was going to do it,” Simon said afterwards. “It was the last shot, so I knew the goalie would react to my first move. I moved to the forehand and then went back. Fortunately, it was successful.”
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