Finns Win Gold at Worlds; Huskies Claim Memorial Cup

A day before the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins get it on in game one of the Stanley Cup Final, the hockey world was focused on Bratislava, Slovakia for the final of the IIHF World Championship and the final of the Memoria Cup in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The gold medal game for the World Championship ended in an upset as Finland defeated Canada 3-1 to claim the gold. It was the second time Finland claimed victory over Canada in this tournament.

The first prime scoring chance of the game went to the Finns as, at 5:28 of the first period, Canada’s Thomas Chabot was called for a trip and Finland was awarded a penalty shot. They did not convert on Canadian goaltender Matt Murray.

The Canadians then took the lead about five minutes later, at 10:02, when Shea Theodore scored what would be Canada’s lone goal from Anthony Mantha and Jared McCann. The Canadians took that lead into the second period.

Early in the second, the tide began to turn. Theodore took a tripping penalty 2:15 in and Finland’s Marko Anttila scored on the power play. That tied the game up at one which is where we would be when the third period came around.

In the third, it only took Anttila 2:35 to score what would go down as the game winner as he notched his second of the night. Harri Pesonen added an insurance goal at 15:54 to make it 3-1.

Canada would pull Murray for the extra attacker, but to no avail. They could not get things tied and Finland went on to claim gold. Canada wins the silver and the Russians claimed bronze by beating the Czechs 3-2 in a shootout.

Murray made 19 stops on 22 Finnish shots while Kevin Lankinen turned aside 43 of 44 Canadian shots in a great effort. Kaapo Kakko had one shot on net and was an even plus/minus in 11:58 of playing time over 21 shifts. For Canada, Damon Severson had two shots on net and a minus-1 plus/minus in 20:13 of ice time spread over 24 shifts.

So, while Finland was celebrating across the pond, in Nova Scotia, the Halifax Mooseheads and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies were meeting once again. This time it was to decide the 2019 Memorial Cup championship.

They met in the QMJHL Final, in the round-robin of the Memorial Cup and again here. Unfortunately for the Mooseheads, it was the same result. Rouyn-Noranda won the game 4-2 to claim the Memorial Cup.

Halifax, playing on home ice, took a 2-0 lead when Samuel Asselin scored late in the first period on the power play. Raphael Lavoie then scored 5:26 into the second to give the Mooseheads a 2-0 lead.

But from there, the Huskies took over, scoring four straight to claim the win.

Felix Bibeau scored at 10:27 of the second period to cut the lead to 2-1. Joel Teasdale, who would go on to be named the winner of the Stafford Smythe trophy as Memorial Cup MVP, tied it at 15:11 for Rouyn-Noranda.

The fate of both teams would change in a span of two minutes and one second in the third period. The Huskies’ Peter Abbandonato scored the game winner 3:02 into the third frame and then, at 5:03, Vincent Marleau scored to put the game out of reach at 4-2.

And that was the final. Rafael Harvey-Pinard, the captain of the Huskies, who would accept the Memorial Cup later on in the night, was named the game’s first star. The Mooseheads’ Lavoie was the second star while Justin Bergeron of Rouyn-Noranda was the third star.

In goal, Samuel Harvey made 23 saves on 25 shots against for the Huskies while Halifax’s Alexis Gravel turned aside 31 shots on 35 total for Rouyn-Noranda. Jocktan Chainey, in a losing effort, was a minus-1 plus/minus on the night for Halifax.

So, as we head off into the offseason, with the NHL now taking sole place on center stage, congratulations to Finland and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (who had a historic season in the QMJHL) on their championships and here’s to next season for all involved!

Gold Medal Game Set at Worlds

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! I can’t think of a better way to kick off the unofficial start of summer than with a little bit of hockey, so let’s get to it.

The gold medal game has been set at the 2019 IIHF World Hockey Championship. Along the way, the mighty Russians fell to a team of Finns that did not include quite the star power of their opponents and the Canadians took advantage of some timely scoring to set up our final.

The Russia-Finland game was a goalie duel and a good one. The only goal of the game came at 10:18 into the third period when Marko Anttila scored for the Finns. Henri Jokiharju and Joel Kiviranta had the assists on the only time the Finns solved the Russian goaltender.

Both Andrei Vasilevski (Russia) and Kevin Lankinen (Finland) traded great saves back and forth. Vasilvevski made 28 saves on 29 Finnish shots while Lankinen stopped all 32 Russian shots he saw.

Kaapo Kakko had three shots on net and was an even plus/minus in 16:25 of ice time spread over 22 shifts.

The Finns will now play for the gold medal while Russia will play in the bronze medal game. Their opponents would be decided in the next game.

Canada and the Czech Republic squared off for the right to face the Finns in the gold medal game. It was the Canadians who took advantage and punched their ticket to play for the gold. They defeated the Czechs 5-1.

Mark Stone continued his torrid pace when he scored at 5:18 of the first to give Canada the 1-0 lead. Darnell Nurse doubled the lead just 10 seconds into the second period when he scored from Sean Couturier. That made it 2-0 and the Canadians never looked back.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored at 5:06 of the second from Jonathan Marchessault and Stone (who is the Canadians’ leading scorer for the tournament). That made it 3-0 Canada.

After this goal, the Czechs made a goalie change, pulling Patrik Bartosak in favor of Pavel Francouz. The Canadians had scored three goals on just 15 shots and the Czechs felt it was time for a change between the pipes.

But Francouz would fare no better as the Canada scoring binge continued into the third period. Kyle Turris scored at 6:26 to make it 4-0 and Thomas Chabot scored at 13:00 to make it 5-0.

The Czechs did get on the board when Tomas Zohorna scored at 13:59 of the third, but the damage was done. Canada had the 5-1 win and will play Finland for the gold medal tomorrow.

Matt Murray (playing on his 25th birthday) made 40 saves on 41 Czech shots while Francouz and Bartosak combined to make 25 saves on 30 Canadian shots.

Damon Severson had one shot on net and was a plus-1 in 22:46 of ice time over 31 shifts.

So now we are set for tomorrow as the Canadians and the Finns will faceoff for the gold and silver medals while the Czechs and the Russians will meet to decide the bronze medal. We will have that game for you right here tomorrow.

We will also have the Memorial Cup championship game for you here and, speaking of Canadian major junior hockey, there is some other Devils-related news out of the CHL.

Ty Smith, Devils defensive prospect and a member of the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL, won the CHL “Defenceman of the Year Award” for 2019. The blurb about his win on the CHL website mentioned that he finished “second in Chiefs team scoring and fourth among all WHL blue-liners as he tallied seven goals and 62 assists for 69 points in only 57 appearances.” He also had nine points in 15 playoff games for the Chiefs. The Chiefs were eliminated by the Vancouver Giants in the WHL Western Conference Final.

The CHL website gives his career WHL stats as “26 goals and 150 assists for 176 points in 194 career appearances.”

Smith becomes the first WHL defenseman to win this award since Ivan Provorov of the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2016. The CHL site says that the other finalists for the award this year were Evan Bouchard (London Knights – OHL) and Charle-Edouard D’Astous (Rimouski Oceanic – QMJHL).

Congratulations to Ty Smith on this great honor.

USA Falls as Russia Reaches Semifinals at WHC

The quarterfinals got underway at the 2019 IIHF World Championship today and the United States had a huge task ahead of them: to beat Russia. The Russians blew through the round-robin portion of the tournament and have cemented themselves as the best team in the competition so far.

Unfortunately for the Americans, the order was just too tall. They were edged 4-3, just narrowly missing out on moving on to the semifinals.

Russia got on the board quickly, with Nikita Gusev beating Cory Schneider just 1:07 into the game to make it 1-0.

At 14:18, Johnny Gaudreau took a hooking call putting the USA behind the eight-ball and having to kill off a penalty. But Mikhail Sergachyov potted one at 15:47 on the power play to give the Russians the 2-0 lead. This goal was reviewed for offside prior to the goal being scored, but the call of good goal stood and the Russians had doubled up their lead.

The US would start chipping away, however. Just 2:22 into the second, Brady Skjei had a shot deflect in off of a Russian defender and by goalie Andrei Vasilevski. This made it 2-1 and would be the score at the end of the second period, setting up a climatic third period.

Things did not seem to be going in the Americans’ favor, however, when Kirill Kaprizov scored off of a 2-on-1 1:31 into the third frame. That made it 3-1 Russia.

The USA would get that back when Noah Hanifin scored off of a feed from Jack Hughes at 5:53. That made it 3-2 Russia.

The Russians added another one from Mikhail Grigorenko at 7:02 to make it 4-2. This would set up the US pulling Schneider with about 4:15 to go.

That move would pay off too. At 17:10, Alex DeBrincat scored after a good defensive play by Jack Hughes to keep the zone. DeBrincat’s Chicago teammate, Patrick Kane fed him a pass and the US had made it 4-3. The Russians used their coach’s challenge on this one, charging goalie interference. The goal was good, though, and it was a one goal lead for Russia.

There was a blown offsides call here by the linesman in favor of Russia which killed some American momentum. A Russian player skated the puck back into the Russian zone and James van Riemsdyk touched the puck, this should not have been offsides since the puck was brought back into the defensive zone by the Russian player, but it was whistled down with the faceoff coming outside the Russian zone.

The Americans again pulled Cory to get the extra attacker but it was not to be. Russia held on for the 4-3 victory. Schneider made 39 saves on 43 Russian shots while Vasilevski made 29 stops on 32 American shots.

Hughes had a pair of assists for two points, two shots on net and was a plus-2 as deuces were wild for him. He played 15:52 over 20 shifts.

The next quarterfinal game was a just as down to the wire but continued to overtime instead. Canada defeated Switzerland 3-2 in overtime to advance to the semifinals. Two different Devils from each team came up big for their respective teams.

Switzerland took the lead late in the first period when Sven Andrighetto scored at 18:06. This one came on the power play as Canada’s Jared McCann was in the box for interference.

Canada tied it on Mark Stone’s first goal of the game 5:45 into the second period.

But before the second period was up, the Swiss would retake the lead courtesy of Nico Hischier. He scored from Lino Martschini and Nino Niederreiter to make ti 2-1 before the second break.

And it would remain that way until less than one second remained in regulation when Damon Severson blasted a shot from the point that was blocked in front by a Swiss defender. The puck then bounced right back to Severson and he fired again, this time beating Swiss goaltender Leonardo Genoni. The game was tied at two and we were headed to overtime.

It took 5:07, but Stone scored his second of the night from Pierre-Luc Dubois – who also assisted on Stone’s other goal – and Shea Theodore to lift the Canadians to the semifinals.

Genoni made 39 saves on 42 Canadian shots while Matt Murray turned aside 22 of the 24 Swiss shots he saw. Severson had the game-tying goal for a point, scored on his only shot of the game and was a plus-1. This was in 23:27 of ice time over 27 shifts. Hischier had the goal for a point on his only shot of the game and was an even plus/minus in 19:34 of TOI over 30 shifts.

Our third quarterfinal of the day that was Devils-related saw Finland and Sweden square off in a Scandinavian battle. This one was a true upset as the Finns knocked off Sweden 5-4 in OT to advance. It was the first Finnish win over the Swedes at the World Championship in five years according to TSN.

Finland got the ball rolling early, taking a 1-0 lead just one minute into the contest. Niko Mikkola scored that goal to set the stage for what would come.

It would be tough sledding before then, though. At 2:06 of the first, the Finns were hit with a too many men on the ice bench minor and Sweden would capitalize on it when John Klingberg scored at 2:38 to tie the game at one.

Sweden took the lead into the second period when Patric Hornqvist potted one by Finnish goalie Kevin Lankinen at the 16:57 mark of the first. That gave the Swedes the 2-1 advantage going into the first intermission.

Coming out of that intermission, it only took 25 seconds for Sweden to grab a two goal lead. Elias Pettersson scored to make it 3-1 and the Swedes seemed to be cruising.

But a Finnish comeback was afoot. At the 5:04 mark of the second, Petteri Lindbohm scored to cut the Swedish lead to 3-2. Then, at 9:08, Jani Hakanpaa netted one to tie the game at three. The Finns just refused to die and had fought back.

Sweden would take a 4-3 lead into the third period when Erik Gustafsson scored with less than thirty seconds to go in the second frame.

And it would remain at 4-3 until late in the third. At 17:55, Lankinen was pulled in favor of the extra attacker. The Finns would then tie it on Marko Anttila’s goal about one and a half minutes later. The goal came under review to make sure that the Finns were onside when they entered the Swedish zone, and everything checked out. It was a good goal. The Finns had hung around and were now about to force overtime against a team that was much better than them on paper.

And they would complete the comeback when, just 1:37 into OT, Sakari Manninen scored to give the Finns the upset victory, 5-4.

Lankinen stopped 14 of the 18 Swedish shots fired at him while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 of 32 Finnish shots. Kaapo Kakko had four shots on goal and was a plus-3 in 18:58 of work spread over 22 shifts. Jesper Bratt had a shot on goal and a minus-1 plus/minus in 9:30 TOI over 14 shifts.

So now we head to the semifinals where the Finns will take on the Russians and the Canadians will face the Czech Republic in the two games to decide the gold medal and bronze medal games. The semifinals will take place on Saturday, May 25.

Busy, Important Day at Worlds

The final day of the round-robin portion of the 2019 IIHF World Hockey Championship saw five games involving Devils’ related players in action. Today would also set the seeding for the quarterfinals to begin Thursday.

First up, we have Finland taking on Germany. Germany won this one 4-2.

The Finns took the lead late in the first when Harri Pesonen scored on the power play at 15:05. Marco Nowak had been called for tripping at 13:54 to put Finland on the man advantage.

But the Finnish lead would not last long. At 17:04 of the first, Marc Michaelis tied the game up when he beat Finnish goalie Kevin Lankinen.

In the second, the Finns took back the lead just 4:07 in when Juhani Tyrvainen scored. Once again though, the Germans would tie it up before the period was out this time off the stick of Dominik Kahun at 13:13. The second period ended the way the first did: tied.

Early in the third, Finland’s Atte Ohtamaa was called for a trip and, just 41 seconds into the power play, Leon Draisaitl made it 3-2 Germany.

Finland would pull Lankinen with less than two minutes to go in regulation but Draisaitl scored into the empty net (his third point of the game) to give us our final of 4-2.

Lankinen stopped 39 of 41 German shots while Philipp Grubauer made 17 saves on just 21 FInnish shots. Kaapo Kakko had four shots on goal and was a minus-2 in 19:23 of ice time over 24 shifts.

Finland finishes with five wins and no overtime wins against two losses with 16 points and 22 goals for and 11 against. They will finish in a top four position in Group A with Canada, Germany and the USA.

Our next game sees Switzerland edged by the Czech Republic 5-4.

The Swiss scored early in the first to take a 1-0 lead. Lukas Frick put one behind Czech goalie Patrik Bartosak just 2:13 into the game. But a Swiss penalty would lead to the game being tied before the first intermission.

Switzerland’s Tristan Scherwey was called for cross-checking just after the Swiss had gotten off of the power play which the Czech killed. Jakub Voracek then scored at 12:21 of the first on the man advantage to make it 1-1.

The Czechs were the ones who got out of the gate fast in the second period. Dominik Simon scored just 38 seconds into the frame to make it 2-1. Michael Frolik made it 3-1 when he scored at the 6:20 mark for the Czechs. He also ended up chasing Swiss goalie Reto Berra, who was pulled in favor of Robert Mayer following that goal.

The Swiss responded just 29 seconds after the goalie change when Scherwey scored to cut the Czech lead to one, 3-2.

At 7:10 of the second, Switzerland’s Christoph Bertschy and Czech Republic’s Filip Hronek took matching roughing minors making it a 4-on-4 situation for the next two minutes. The Czechs would capitalize on the extra space when Dominik Kubalik made it 4-2.

Things would get tight early in the third when, just 1:47 in, Scherwey scored his second of the afternoon to make it 4-3 Czech Republic. The Swiss would tie it at four with less than four minutes to go in the game when Nino Niederreiter scored from Roman Josi and Nico Hischier. However, needing the win, Switzerland would pull Mayer with less than three minutes to go in the game. In a situation similar to yesterday’s Sweden-Latvia game, Jan Rutta scored the eventual game winner into the empty net at 18:33. That made it 5-4, our final.

Bartosak made 36 saves on 40 shots against while Berra and Mayer combined for 21 saves. The Czechs had a total of 26 shots with the empty netter. Hischier had the assist for a point, one shot on net and an even plus/minus in 18:26 spread over 26 shifts.

Switzerland finishes fourth Group B with a record of four wins, three losses and no overtime wins. They accumulated 12 points and scored 27 goals against their opponent’s 14.

Next, we take you back to Group A with an emotional game between the Slovaks and the Danes.

Slovakia’s Ladislav Nagy was playing in his final game for the Slovak national team. The Slovakia captain would go on to play a key role in this game.

After a scoreless first period, it would take the entire part of the second to get a team on the board. Martin Marincin finally broke the 0-0 tie at 19:04 of the second when he scored from Marian Studenic and Nagy.

It was also around this time that the hometown Slovakia crowd began to chant for late Slovak player and former NHLer Pavol Demitra. The chant began at the 38th minute of the game (18 minutes into the second period) for the jersey number he wore: 38. Demitra was one of the players killed in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash in 2011 in Russia. It was a very touching gesture for a great Slovakian player.

The Danes would tie the game on a 5-on-3 situation in the third period when Marko Dano was sent off for cross-checking at 6:10 and Andrej Sekera at 6:22. Mikkel Boedker tied the game up at 6:41. That is how it would end at the final buzzer, 1-1 and we were headed for overtime.

When OT settled nothing, it was off to a shootout. Studenic went first and missed. Boedker’s shot was saved by Slovak goalie Dnis Godla to end the first round. In the second, Matus Sukel (Slovakia) was stopped by Sebastian Dahm and Peter Regin (Denmark) was stopped by Godla.

In the third round, Nagy gave Slovakia the lead when he scored and Godla stopped Nicklas Jensen. In the fourth round, Tomas Tatar’s shot was turned aside by Dahm and Frederik Storm’s shot was saved by Godla. The game was then on Michal Kristof’s stick. If he scored, Slovakia would win the game. He converted and Slovakia won 2-1, essentially giving Nagy the game winning goal in his send off game.

Godla made 13 saves on 14 shots (including the shootout) and Dahm stopped 27 of 29 shots – including the shootout. Studenic finished the game with the assist for a point, one shot on net and a plus-1 rating. He did this in 16:45 of ice time over 26 shifts.

The Slovaks finish Group A round-robin play with three wins and an overtime win for 11 points – good for fifth place. They had 28 goals for and 19 scored against them. They will not advance to the quarterfinals.

Now we get to one of the main events of the evening. Canada versus the United States. Despite a great effort by the US, it was the Canadians who won this installment of the rivalry, 3-0.

Canada got a goal from Pierre-Luc Dubois just 1:49 into the first frame, followed by one from Kyle Turris a little less than seven minutes later at 8:02. That made it 2-0 until Jared McCann made it 3-0 at 15:59 of the second. That gave us our final of 3-0.

The Americans had chances but could not solve Matt Murray, who stopped all 28 shots the US threw at him. Cory Schneider turned aside 33 of 36 Canadian shots. Damon Severson was a plus-1 in 20:07 of TOI over 24 shifts as he continues to get elite minutes on the blue line for the Canadians. Jack Hughes did not suit up for Team USA in this game, with the reinforcements arriving from teams eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With that win, the Canadians win Group A with six wins and one loss. They had 18 points and finished with 36 goals for and 11 against. The US finishes in fourth place in Group A with four wins, two losses and an OT win for 14 points. Their goal differential was 27 for and 15 against.

We finish up this tour with Group B action as Sweden lost to the powerhouse Russian team, 7-4.

Gabriel Landeskog scored for the Swedes just 7:32 into the game, giving them a 1-0 lead. Then the second period happened.

Russia got a goal from Artyom Anisimov, then one from Yevgeni Dadonov, one from Alex Ovechkin, one from Kirill Kaprizov, one from Mikhail Grigorenko and one from Evgeni Malkin all in a span of 16:50. The Swedes, however, did respond with Patric Hornqvist taking an unsportsmanlike conduct 10 minute major after the Russian scoring frenzy was over. He would be missed for most of the third period.

Sweden got on the board again 12:02 into the third, putting aside the nightmare of the second period for them. The goal came off the stick of William Nylander to make it 6-2.

But Russia got that one right back, almost literally. It took 55 seconds for Dimitri Orlov to make it 7-2 Russia.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson added another for Sweden to make ti 7-3 and the Swedes seemed to be fighting back when John Klingberg scored on the power play. Ilya Kovalchuk was off for holding at 18:42 and Klingberg’s goal came at 18:49.

But it was too little too late. Russia cruised to the 7-4 victory.

In goal, Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves on 34 shots for Sweden while Andrei Vasilevski made 33 saves on 37 Swedish shots against. Jesper Bratt had two shots on goal and was a minus-1 in 9:35 of ice time over 18 shifts.

Russia now wins Group B with Sweden finishing third. The Swedes have five wins, two losses and no OT wins for 15 points. Their goal differential took a hit with this game, with 41 for and 21 against.

So in Thursday’s quarterfinals, Canada will play Switzerland, the US gets Russia, Finland and Sweden will square off and the Czechs will face the Germans. We will see you back here tomorrow as the Halifax Mooseheads continue their quest for the Memorial Cup against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

Sweden, Canada Both Win at Worlds

The IIHF World Championship continued with some exciting action today. Firstly, although it does not pertain to the Devils, congratulations to Great Britain who prevailed over France in overtime to avoid relegation and play in next year’s Worlds. Likewise, congrats to Italy, who also staved off relegation by beating Austria in a shootout. The Italians had not scored a goal through their first few games in the round-robin but were able to persevere and fought back to win this one. Austria will join France in relegation as they try to fight their way back to the World Championship for 2021.

Now onto games that really matter to Devils fans. First Sweden outlasted Latvia 5-4 in Group B.

Elias Pettersson got the Swedes going by scoring on the power play 10:15 into the first period. Oskars Batna had gone off for a hold putting Sweden on the man advantage and Pettersson was able to capitalize.

The Swedes took that 1-0 lead into the second when, at 7:47, Oliver Ekman-Larsson was called for a slash. Roberts Bukarts scored on the power play for Latvia, leveling the game at one.

Adrian Kempe would put Sweden back on top at 2-1 when he scored an even strength goal at the 13:38 mark of the second period. Before the end of the second, Adam Larsson was called for high-sticking which would put the Latvians on the power play to start the third period.

And Latvia would respond. Bukarts scored unassisted for his second of the afternoon just 1:11 into the third to tie the game up at two.

Just 2:31 later, Latvia took the lead at 3-2 when Janis Jaks notched one. That lead was short-lived however when Sweden’s Anton Lander tied it at the 9:00 mark. This one was back-and-forth and seemed destined for a great finish.

At 10:09 of the third, Patric Hornqvist gave the Swedes back the lead at 4-3 but that would only last about three minutes. Bukarts completed his hat trick at 16:36 of the third to knot the game back up, this time at four.

Latvia would draw a power play when Sweden’s Adrian Kempe was called for delay of game following the fourth Latvian goal. Towards the end of that power play, Latvia pulled goalie Kristers Gudlevskis in favor of Elvis Merzlikins and then they promptly pulled Merzlikins. They needed the win and took the risk but Dennis Rasmusssen scored into the empty net for Sweden giving them the 5-4 lead.

And that was the final. Gudlevskis was put back in net and he finished out the final thirty seconds or so of the game.

The Latvian goaltenders made 30 saves on 35 Swedish shots. Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves on 29 shots against. Jesper Bratt played just 2:44 over three shifts and was an even plus/minus.

Sweden will next take on Russia tomorrow in their round-robin finale.

Five seemed to be today’s magic number as Canada blanked Denmark 5-0 in Group A action in Kosice.

Canada took a 1-0 lead just one minute into the game, scoring when Pierre-Luc Dubois took a nice pass from Jonathan Marchessault as he reversed course behind the Danish net and passed from behind the short side of the net.

Canada added another one at 6:06 when Jared McCann made it 2-0. Marchessault finished off the first period scoring for the Canadians when he tipped a Damon Severson shot by Danish goaltender Patrick Galbraith. The goal was reviewed for a high-stick but was deemed a good goal. This came at 8:23.

In the second period, Canada was put on the power play when Markus Lauridsen of Denmark was called for a high stick. Sam Reinhart scored at 13:53 to make it 4-0 Canada and notch his first of two on the afternoon.

Reinhart scored his second 4:34 into the third period on a goal that was also reviewed for a high stick. It counted as well and Reinhart had his second goal of the game and the Canadians had a 5-0 lead. This would go on to be our final as Canada cruised to victory.

Starting goalie Carter Hart was pulled at the 10:56 mark of the third in favor of Mackenzie Blackwood as Blackwood was given some time in the tournament and Hart was given some time to rest. It was a nice gesture from Canadian coach Alain Vigneault. Blackwood preserved the shut out and the Canadian goalies combined to stop all 24 Danish shots that they saw. Galbraith stopped 29 of 34 Canadian shots for Denmark.

Damon Severson has the assist for the point, three total shots on goal and was a plus-2 in 17:26 of time on ice (23 shifts).

Canada takes on the Americans tomorrow in a biggie of a game to finish off round-robin play for both teams.

So games on tap for tomorrow include: Finland versus Germany, Czech Republic versus Switzerland, Slovakia versus Denmark, Canada versus USA and Sweden versus Russia. See you then!

USA Clinches Spot in Quarterfinals at Worlds

In one fell swoop, the American team at the IIHF World Hockey Championship got revenge on a foe for a loss earlier in the tournament and also punched their ticket to the next round, the quarterfinals. With a 3-1 win over Germany, the USA clinched a spot in the tournament semifinals and eliminated host country Slovakia from further competition. The Slovaks had upset the US in the first game of the tournament for both teams.

The Germans actually got off to a quick start, netting the first goal of the game when Frederik Tiffels potted one at 11:55 of the first from Leon Draisaitl.

But the Americans were quick to respond. Less than two minutes later at 13:47. James van Riemsdyk scored to tie the game. Clayton Keller and Alec Martinez had the assists, marking the first of two assists on the day for Martinez.

Following a scoreless, penalty-free second frame, Dylan Larkin gave the USA the lead when he scored 10:03 into the third period. Van Riemsdyk and Martinez had the assists, marking two points for both of them.

At 14:21 of the third, Germany took a bench minor for too many men on the ice and the US went on the power play. Jack Eichel scored with six seconds left on the man advantage to make it 3-1 USA, which was our final.

Cory Schneider made 24 saves on 25 German shots against while Mathias Niederberger was 26-for-29. Jack Hughes got limited playing time, just 9:19 of ice time over 14 shifts and was a minus-1 in that time.

The Americans finish off round-robin play on Tuesday against rival Canada.

In another game of interest to Devils fans, Finland defeated France by a score of 3-0.

The Finns got a goal 9:24 into the game from Joel Kiviranta, one in the second at 1:51 from Niko Mikkola and one 12:31 into the third period from Jere Sallinen to take the game 3-0.

\Florian Hardy made 44 saves on 47 shots for France while Kevin Lankinen turned aside all 21 French shots that he saw. Kaapo Kakko had four shots on goal and was a plus-1 plus/minus in 14:30 of time on ice over 22 shifts.

Finland plays next on Tuesday against Germany.

The final game of the day at the Worlds showed that three was the magic number today as Switzerland lost to Russia 3-0.

Russia scored at 3:36 into the first (Artyom Anisimov) to make it 1-0. In the second period, Nico Hischier took a delay of game penalty at 5:02 which led to Nikita Kucherov scoring at 6:20 to make it 2-0. Kucherov scored again 15:20 into the third for his second goal of the game to make it 3-0 Russia. Anisimov also had the primary assist on Kucherov’s second goal, which gave him two points in the game.

The Swiss would pull goalie Leonardo Genoni for an extra attacker late in the third period, but to no avail. The Russians came away with the 3-0 victory.

Genoni made 31 saves on 34 shots against while Russia’s Alexander Georgiev stopped all 31 he saw. Nico had the two penalty minutes plus four shots on goal and a minus-1 plus/minus in 16:51 of ice time (24 shifts).

The Swiss play Czech Republic on Tuesday in their next game.

Tomorrow’s slate includes two games for us here on the blog. Sweden will take on Latvia and Canada will do battle with Denmark.

We now move back to Nova Scotia for the 2019 Memorial Cup where Jocktan Chainey and the Halifax Mooseheads took on the champions of the Ontario Hockey League, the Guelph Storm. The Mooseheads won this one 4-2 to improve to 2-0 in the Memorial Cup round-robin stage.

Antoine Morand got Halifax on the board first 5:10 into the first period. Chainey had the primary assist on a goal that would give them the 1-0 lead. They would hold that 1-0 lead until, with just 50 seconds to go in the frame, Sean Durzi scored for Guelph to tie it going into the first intermission.

In the second period, Halifax jumped out to a two goal lead when Raphael Lavoie scored shorthanded at 6:48 and Maxim Trepanier scored at even strength at 10:34. It was now 3-1 Mooseheads as we headed off to the third period.

Just 1:07 in to that period, Durzi scored his second of the night to make it 3-2 Halifax That goal came on the power play and, in fact, while the Mooseheads were 0-for-6 on the man advantage, Guelph did capitalize once, going 1-for-6.

At 7:20, Samuel Asselin would score for the Mooseheads to make it 4-2 and restore the two goal lead. But a late penalty to Jared McIsaac of Halifax would put the Storm on the power play to end the game. Luckily for the Mooseheads, they would kill that off and go on to preserve the 4-2 win.

The stars of the game were Halifax goalie Alexis Gravel (first), Nick Suzuki of Guelph (second) and Morand of Halifax (third). Gravel made 33 saves on 35 Storm shots. Guelph goalie Anthony Popovich stopped 38 of 42 Halifax shots.

Chainey had a stat line of the assist for a point, a plus-1 plus/minus and six shots on goal.

Halifax next plays on Wednesday in a rematch of the QMJHL Final against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. We will have that for you right here then.

Four Devils-Related Games at Worlds

Four games took place at the IIHF World Hockey Championship today that were of interest to Devils fans.

In the first game, the USA and Cory Schneider defeated Denmark by a score of 7-1. With this win, the United States moved past Canada into second place in Group A.

Frank Vatrano opened the scoring for the Americans 10:34 into the first period. Alex DeBrincat quickly made it 2-0 when he scored on the power play at 11:03. Julian Jakobsen had been called for delay of game 14 seconds after the first US goal.

Clayton Keller put the US up 3-0 when he scored at 14:24 and Chris Kreider made it 4-0 going into the break when he potted one at 18:49. The Kreider goal was notable because Jack Hughes had the primary assist on the goal. For Hughes, this was his first point of the tournament. This had been a major talking point throughout the tourney as the comparisons (no matter how unfair or non-grounded it may be) between Hughes and Kaapo Kakko were in full force. At least he can get that monkey off of his back.

At the start of the second period, Denmark made a goaltending change, switching out Simon Nielsen for Patrick Galbraith. The team would respond as Nick Olesen scored 4:50 into the second frame to make it 4-1.

But DeBrincat restored the four goal lead by making it 5-1 with his second of the night at 11:55 of the second. Less than two minutes later at 13:17, Dylan Larkin scored to make it 6-1 USA.

Jack Eichel capped off the scoring when he notched one at 11:19 to make it 7-1 USA. DeBrincat had the secondary assist on this goal, giving the young Blackhawks star three points (two goals and an assist) on the evening.

Cory stopped 21 of 22 Danish shots while Galbraith stopped 19 of 26 American shots. Hughes had the assist for a point, two shots on net and a plus-1 plus/minus. He did that in 12:33 of ice time over 16 shifts.

The Americans next take on Germany tomorrow.

In our second game of interest, Canada defeated Germany 8-1 to give the Germans their first loss of the tourney so far.

Germany went on the penalty kill early when Marco Nowak was called for holding just 1:19 into the game. Thomas Chabot took advantage by notching one on the power play for the Canadians. Canada’s Mark Stone then made it 2-0 less than twenty seconds after a Canadian penalty was up when he scored from Damon Severson and Darnell Nurse. It was 2-0 Canada going into the first intermission. Not a bad deficit for the Germans to overcome.

Then they began to let Mark Stone loose.

The Vegas Golden Knight scored 6:02 into the second to make it 3-0 Canada. Germany’s Yasin Ehliz would notch one on the power play at 18:01 to make it 3-1 Canada. Then Stone would complete his hat trick by scoring 48 seconds after the German goal to make it 4-1. Things were starting to get out of hand for Germany.

Just 42 seconds into the third, Germany’s Patrick Hager took a boarding penalty and was assessed a ten minute misconduct to go along with it.

At 3:01, Anthony Mantha made it 5-1 Canada unassisted. He scored again 1:54 later this time with an assist to Kyle Turris to make it 6-1.

Sam Reinhart followed the pair of Mantha goals by making it 7-1 at 5:28 and Anthony Cirelli finished off the Canadian day by scoring shorthanded at 13:10 while Chabot was in the box for hooking.

In nets, Matt Murray made 15 saves on 16 German shots while Niklas Treutle made 41 saves on 49 Canadian shots for Germany.

Damon Severson had the assist for a point, two shots on goal and was a plus-3 in 17:43 of ice time over 23 shifts.

Canada’s next game is Monday against Denmark.

At this point I would like to stop and alert everyone that Italy finally scored a goal! They had been shut out all throughout the first round of Group B play but finally notched one today against Norway. They did, however, still lose the game 7-1.

Speaking of a 7-1 score, that was the final in our next game between Slovakia and Great Britain.

The Slovaks jumped out to a very quick 2-0 lead when Andrej Sekera scored 2:04 into the game and Tomas Tatar scored 21 seconds later. At the 7:43 mark of the first period, Britain’s Colin Shields was called for a trip and Martin Marincin made them pay. He scored at 9:02 to make it 3-0.

The Brits made a goaltending change at the 16:32 mark when Ben Bowns was pulled for Jackson Whistle and they immediately responded. Mike Hammond scored 1:12 after the goalie change to make it 3-1 Slovakia. That was our score as we headed into the first intermission.

The Slovaks would pick up right where they left off in the first period (despite the blip of the British goal). Michal Cajkovsky scored 4:33 in to make it 4-1. Marian Studenic scored from Michal Kristof at 9:09 to make it 5-1. At 15:11, Matus Sukel scored to make it 6-1 and that mercifully ended the period for the Brits.

Both teams were held off the scoresheet for the majority of the third period until there were two minutes remaining and David Bondra hit paydirt for the seventh Slovak goal of the game to give us our final of 7-1.

Bowns and Whistle combined to make 31 saves on 38 Slovak shots against. Denis Godla made 16 stops on 17 British shots in the game. Marian Studenic had the goal for a point and four shots on goal and a plus-1 plus/minus in 16:42 of ice time over 19 shifts.

Slovakia’s next opponent is Denmark on Tuesday, the final day of the round-robin portion of the tournament.

Our final game of the evening saw Sweden edge out Switzerland 4-3.

The Swiss got on the board first when Sven Andrighetto scored 4:09 into the contest. But Sweden would tie things before the first period was out.

At 18:41, Simon Moser took a hooking minor and Alexander Wennberg converted for the Swedes just three seconds into the man advantage. That made it 1-1 going into the first break.

Sweden took the 20-1 lead when William Nylander scored 5:20 into the second. Then, at 6:40, Adam Larsson was called for a delay of game giving the Swiss the power play. But Vincent Praplan was sent off for a hold just 23 seconds into the man advantage to make it a 4-on-4. And this is where Switzerland would strike to tie things at two. Joel Genazzi scored at 7:58 to knot the game.

But the Swedes would retake the lead when Erik Gustafsson scored with about 2:30 remaining in the second period. That made it 3-2 Sweden and that was where we were headed into the second intermission.

In the third, Switzerland’s Gaetan Haas tied things at three on the power play. Sweden’s Anton Lander was called for a cross-check at 8:27 and at 10:27, the puck crossed the line to tie the game at three.

But Sweden had one more effort left in them. One minute and twenty seconds after the Swiss tied things, Oliver Ekman-Larsson gave Sweden the 4-3 lead that they would never relinquish.

In goal, Henrik Lundqvist let in three of the 24 shots he faced while Swiss goalie Reto Berra stopped 25 of 29 Swedish shots against. Nico Hischier had a shot on goal and was a minus-3 plus/minus in 18:54 of time on ice over 22 shifts. Jesper Bratt was back in the Swedish lineup and was an even plus/minus in just 1:09 of ice time (two shifts).

Sweden will now play Latvia on Monday while Switzerland will play Russia tomorrow.

So tomorrow, we will have coverage of Germany versus the USA, France versus Finland and Switzerland versus Russia in addition to the Memorial Cup where the Halifax Mooseheads will be taking on the OHL champion Guelph Storm.

Big Day at Worlds; Memorial Cup Kicks Off

It was a big day for Devils’ prospects as the World Hockey Championship continued in Slovakia and the 2019 Memorial Cup kicked off in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

First to the Worlds, as host Slovakia doubled up France 6-3 in Group A action.

The Slovaks got on the board 13:25 into the first on the power play when Richard Panik scored. Antonin Manavian was off for a hook, putting the Slovaks on the man advantage. The French had taken two penalties previous to Manavian’s, but Slovakia had been unable to convert on either. That goal made it 1-0.

It would be 2-0 as the teams headed into the first break when Matus Sukel scored with 50 seconds to go in the first period.

The second period kicked off with France going on the penalty kill once again. Peter Valier was given an elbowing penalty at 3:43 and Libor Hudacek of Slovakia would score at 5:31 to make it 3-0.

Manavian would redeem himself for the penalty which led to the first Slovak goal when he scored the first French goal at 12:16 of the second to make it 3-1. Slovakia would get into penalty trouble themselves when Erik Cernak was assessed a high-sticking penalty at 14:14 and Alexandre Texier cut the Slovak lead to one when he scored for the French. That made it 3-2 heading into the second intermission.

Just 16 seconds in to the third frame, the Slovaks regained the two goal lead when Cernak scored to make it 4-2. At 1:07, Marko Dano was called for a charge but Michal Cajkovsky scored shorthanded for the Slovaks to make it 5-2.

At 3:46, Valier was off again, this time for high-sticking and Slovakia took advantage, scored with five seconds to go on the power play at 5:41 to make it 6-2.

France would pull goalie Florian Hardy in favor of Henri Coretin Buysse at this point. The two goaltenders would combine for 21 saves on 27 Slovakian shots.

France would add one more goal by Anthony Rech at 17:50, but it was too little too late as Slovakia came away with the win.

Slovak goalie Patrik Rybar made 17 saves on just 20 French shots against. Devils prospect Marian Studenic was a minus-1 plus/minus in 14:03 of ice time over 18 shifts.

Slovakia plays Great Britain tomorrow in their next game.

Speaking of Great Britain, they were involved in our next game as they were defeated by the Finns, 5-0.

The Brits held their own in the first period, battling to a scoreless game through one. But Finland began to show their strength just 24 seconds into the new period as Toni Rajala scored to make it 1-0.

Atte Ohtamaa made it 2-0 at the 5:08 mark and Joel Kiviranta made it 3-0 at 14:59 to end a second period of Finnish dominance.

Things would explode in the face of the British when they pulled goalie Ben Bowns with a little more than four minutes to go in the game. Kristian Kuusela scored into the empty net to make it 4-0. Then, at 18:45, Ben Davies took a high-sticking penalty for the British and Mikko Lehtonen converted on the ensuing power play to make it 5-0, our final. Lehtonen’s goal came with 11 seconds remaining in the game.

Bowns was under siege all game, stopping 44 of 49 Finnish shots against while Finnish goalie Jussi Olkinuora had a relatively easy night, stopping all 12 shots he saw.

Kaapo Kakko had four shots on goal and an even plus/minus in 14:36 of time on ice spread over 19 shifts.

Finland next takes on France on Sunday.

Tomorrow we have a full slate of games for you, as the USA takes on Denmark, Canada faces off with Germany, Great Britain and Slovakia clash and Sweden and Switzerland do battle.

Now back to North America as the 2019 Memorial Cup began with the WHL champion Prince Albert Raiders taking on the host Halifax Mooseheads. The Mooseheads, of course, feature Devils prospect Jocktan Chainey. The Mooseheads were the home team in this, the first round-robin game of the mini tournament. They won the game, 4-1 putting them in a good position in the short tournament.

Samuel Asselin got the scoring kicked off 10:49 into the game to give Halifax the 1-0 lead. A little less than eight minutes later, Xavier Parent potted what would go down as the game winner as Asselin picked up the primary assist on the goal. Asselin would finish the game with the two points and be named the game’s first star.

Noah Gregor scored at 10:46 of the second period to get Prince Albert on the board, but that was all the Raiders could muster. Gregor would be named the game’s third star.

Jake Ryczek put the Mooseheads up 3-1 when he scored on the power play 15:52 into the second. Maxim Trepanier had the primary assist on the goal (he had the secondary assist on Asselin’s goal) giving him two on the night. He was named the game’s second star.

Antoine Morand added an empty net goal to make it 4-1 with just under two minutes to go in the game as Prince Albert had pulled goaltender Ian Scott for the extra attacker. Scott made 33 saves on 36 Halifax shots while Alexis Gravel made 23 saves on 24 shots against. The Raiders were 0-for-4 on the power play while Halifax was 1-for-6. Prince Albert played a largely undisciplined game, especially in the second period, something they will need to clean up to go any further in the Memorial Cup.

Chainey finished the game with a shot on goal and an even plus/minus rating.

The Mooseheads will next take on the Guelph Storm, champions of the Ontario Hockey League in the round-robin portion of the tournament on Sunday at 7 PM local time, 6 PM eastern time.

Canada, Sweden and Finland All Winners at Worlds

It was another busy day of action at the IIHF World Hockey Championship as Canada downed France, Sweden blew out Austria and Finland got by Denmark.

First to Group A and Canada-France where the Canadians won 5-2.

The French got behind the eight-ball early when Olivier Dame-Malka was called for a slash at 6:22 of the first and then Eliot Berthon was called for a hook at 6:40, putting Canada up on a 5-on-3 power play. Anthony Mantha would score to make it 1-0 with Shea Theodore and Damon Severson picking up the assists. That goal came at 8:19, just as the Dame-Malka penalty was set to expire.

Darnell Nurse made it 2-0 two minutes and change later when he scored at 10:50. When Anthony Cirelli made it 3-0 at 16:15, the rout seemed to be on in Canada’s favor.

Early in the second period, Severson was whistled for tripping, but the Canadians killed off that power play opportunity for France. What they could not kill off was when Nurse went off for a trip at 14:19 and Damien Fleury scored for France. This came at 36:13, six seconds as the penalty to Nurse was about to expire. That made it 3-1 Canada.

The third period featured France scoring their second of the game and Canada countering with two. France’s goal came when Severson tried to bank the puck behind the Canadian net in a D-to-D pass to Nurse. France’s Anthony Rech was forechecking aggressively and intercepted the puck, beating Canadian goalie Carter Hart to make it 3-2.

But Canada would come surging back from that. Mantha scored his second of the game when he poked a loose puck that had not yet crossed the French goal line over to make it 4-2.

Mark Stone then finished off the scoring for Canada to make it 5-2, our final.

Hart made 21 saves on 23 French shots while Henri Corentin Buysse made 41 stops on 46 Canadian shots.

Severson had the assist for a point, the two penalty minutes and one shot on goal as well as a plus-1 plus/minus in 22:29 of ice time over 32 shifts.

Canada next plays on Saturday against Germany.

We shift now to Group B action as Sweden demolished Austria, 9-1.

Although neither Jesper Bratt or Jesper Boqvist played, we will report on this game here anyway just to keep things consistent.

Gabriel Landeskog scored 1:09 into the game to get the ball rolling for Sweden. Marcus Kruger scored 88 seconds later to make it 2-0. William Nylander scored on the power play at 5:41 to make it 3-0. Our old pal Adam Larsson scored at 7:32 to make it 4-0. Finally, Adrian Kempe scored to make it 5-0 at 14:39 while both teams were down a man, making it 4-on-4.

In the second period, Dennis Rasmussen scored shorthanded at 9:13 to make it 6-0 and Elias Lindholm scored at 13:22 to make it 7-0.

In the third, Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored at 2:40 on the power play to make it 8-0 and Eiias Pettersson finished out the Swedish scoreing, making it 9-0 at 5:31.

Michael Raffl added one at 7:46 to get the Austrians on the board and break Henrik Lundqvist’s shutout, but that was not nearly enough. Our final was 9-1 Sweden.

Lundqvist stopped 21 of the 22 shots he saw for Sweden and Bernhard Starkbaum saw 36 shots and turned aside 27 of them.

Sweden plays Switzerland on Satuday in their next contest.

FInally, we end with Finland edging out Denmark 3-1.

Following a scoreless first period, Denmark got on the board first for the 1-0 lead. Morten Madsen scored on the power play at 1:49 into the second frame while Miika Koivisto of Finland was off for a hook.

That lead would not last long as Kaapo Kakko got yet another one by scoring at 5:49 to tie the game at one. Sakari Manninen would give the Finns the 2-1 lead at 14:19, just before the horn sounded on the second period.

Harri Psonen scored 11:07 into the third (with Kakko getting the lone assist) to give us our final of 3-1.

In nets, Kevin Lankinen made 25 saves on 26 Danish shots while Denmark’s Sebastian Dahm stopped 34 of 37 Finnish shots.

Kakko had the goal and assist for two points as he continues on his tear along with two shots on goal and a plus-3 rating. He did all of that in 14:02 of ice time total over 21 shifts.

Finland will next take on Great Britain tomorrow. We will have that game for you here along with France versus Marian Studenic and Slovakia. Also, we will have coverage of the first game of the 2019 Memorial Cup in Halifax as Devils’ prospect Jocktan Chainey and the Halifax Mooseheads take on the Western Hockey League winners the Prince Albert Raiders.

Round Robin Continues at World Hockey Championship

The IIHF World Championship continued with three games featuring Devils players or prospects on tap for the day.

First off, we begin with Group A action in Kosice where the US took on Great Britain. The Americans won the game, doubling up the Brits 6-3.

Britain has had a rough go of it in the tournament after fighting their way up from the lower levels of the IIHF to get here. They only had one goal for through the round robin so far. They notched three against the USA, but it was not enough to win the game.

Britain’s Mike Hammond set up the first US goal when he took a holding minor at the 10:51 mark of the first. James van Riemsdyk scored on the ensuing power play to give the USA the 1-0 lead at 12:17.

But Hammond would redeem himself by scoring the tying goal at 15:08 of the first. We headed into the first intermission knotted at one.

Hammond was involved in the go-ahead goal for the US as well, as he took a hooking penalty that set up a Clayton Keller power play goal 9:07 into the second period. Chris Kreider followed up at 11:20 to give the US the two goal lead and Alex DeBrincat scored at 17:54 to make it 4-1 USA.

But with just six seconds to go in the second frame, Brett Perlini cut the US lead in half when he scored unassisted for Great Britain to make it 4-2.

The US would restore a three goal lead when Patrick Kane scored just one minute into the third. Derek Ryan made it 6-2 for the Americans when he scored on the power play at 9:10 (Matthew Myers was off for high-sticking for Great Britain).

Ben Davies of Britain took a goalie interference penalty at the 14:20 mark and then, eight seconds after his penalty expired, he scored to make it 6-3, which was our final.

Thatcher Demko made 23 saves on 26 British shots against. Ben Bowns was bombarded with 65 American shots and made 59 saves.

Jack Hughes had six shots on goal and was an even plus/minus in 11:28 of ice time (15 shifts).

USA next plays Denmark on Saturday.

Going over to Bratislava for Group B action, we have the Swiss over Norway 4-1.

Andres Ambuhl got the Swiss on the board 5:30 into the game to make it 1-0.

Nico Hischier took a slashing penalty at 17:29 of the first period, meaning it would straddle the intermission. When the penalty was killed off 29 seconds into the second, Nico jumped on to the ice and scored five seconds later. His goal made it 2-0 Switzerland.

Gregory Hofmann made it 3-0 9:01 into the third period when he scored from Lino Martschini.

Ambuhl bookended the scoring when he added a second for the fourth Swiss goal at 16:02 of the third. Norway would add a goal from Tobias Lindstrom with just under two minutes to go but it was window dressing. The Swiss came away with the 4-1 win.

In goal, Leonardo Genoni made 31 saves on a respectable 32 shots for Norway. Norwegian goalie Henrik Holm made 38 saves on 42 Swiss shots.

Nico finished the game with the goal for a point, two penalty minutes (the slashing penalty), three shots on goal and a plus-2 plus/minus in 17:21 of ice time (23 shifts).

The Swiss play Sweden next on Saturday in what will be a real test for them.

Now, we move back to Group A where Germany defeated Slovakia 3-2 at the Steel Arena in Kosice.

Marian Studenic took the first penalty of the game, a tripping call 3:13 into the contest. Slovakia would kill that off and the first period was scoreless.

But Germany would only need 3:54 into the second to take the 1-0 lead. Marc Michaelis beat Slovak goalie Marek Ciliak to make it 1-0.

The Germans would get into some penalty trouble early in the second when Moritz Seider was given two minutes for holding at 8:01, Moritz Muller was called for tripping at 8:24 and on the same play, Korbinian Holzer was assessed a ten minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct.

With a 5-on-3, Slovakia would capitalize when Andrej Sekera tied the game with a goal at 8:30. Then, with a 5-on-4 man advantage, Libor Hudacek scored at 9:55 to make it 2-1 Slovakia.

Slovakia’s Ladislav Nagy was given a two minute minor for boarding and a ten minute misconduct to go with it 13:38 into the third. Studenic would serve the minor for Nagy.

At 18:08, with German goalie Mathias Niederberger pulled for the extra atttacker, Markus Eisenschmid tied the game for Germany at two. The Germans would pull Niederberger again and, with less than thirty seconds to go in the contest, Leon Draisaitl scored to give the Germans the 3-2 lead. This would go on to be our final.

Niederberger made 34 saves on 36 Slovak shots against while Ciliak made 18 saves on 21 German shots.

Studenic had two penalty minutes (the tripping penalty, not the one he served), one shots and was a minus-1 plus/minus in 12:08 of ice time (16 shifts).

Slovakia plays Friday against France in their next game.

Tomorrow we will have Damon Severson and Canada taking on France for you, plus Sweden versus Austria and Finland against Denmark.