Finland got late goals from Jesse Puljujarvi and Patrik Laine to down the Czechs and take second spot in Group B, while Russia snuck by Slovakia to remain undefeated in round robin play. Team USA downed Denmark 4-1 in a game that was much closer than expected, and Sweden swept round robin play with a 5-2 win over Canada.
A look at the sixth day of the 2016 World Junior Championship.
Russia 2, Slovakia 1
A second period net front scramble ended with the puck on the stick of Russia’s Yegor Rykov, and he rifled home Russia’s second goal. Russia finishes group play with 11 of a possible 12 points and will play Denmark in the quarterfinal.
USA 4, Denmark 1
The United States were supposed to dominate Denmark, but instead found themselves down 1-0 early. USA tied the game before the first period was over, took the lead in the second and added two insurance tallies in the third to clinch second place in Group A.
Finland 5, Czech Republic 4
Jesse Puljujarvi opened the scoring for Finland and then came up with a huge game-tying goal with less than 10 minutes remaining. Patrik Laine scored the winner with less than six minutes remaining.
Sweden 5, Canada 2
Penalties caught up to Canada as Sweden scored three times on the power play to take a commanding 3-1 lead.
Sunday’s Three Stars
1. Jesse Puljujarvi, Finland
Puljujarvi was again the day’s brightest star with a two-goal night that helped Finland secure second spot in Group B.
2. Patrik Laine, Finland
He scored arguably the biggest goal of the tournament for any team when he scored the game-winning goal that vaulted Finland over the Czechs and into second place in Group B.
3. Mathias Seldrup, Denmark
Demark lost 4-1 to USA, but the score was close for most of the outing because of Seldrup’s stellar play. He made 40 saves.
Saturday, January 2
Switzerland (0-1-3) vs. Belarus (0-4-0), 5 a.m. ET
Russia (4-0-0) vs. Denmark (1-3-0), 7 a.m. ET
Sweden (4-0-0) vs. Slovakia (1-3-0), 9 a.m. ET
Finland (3-1-0) vs. Canada (2-2-0), 11 a.m. ET
USA (3-1-0) vs. Czech Republic (2-1-1), 1 p.m. ET