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.
Matches of the 6th day
Switzerland 4, Slovakia 3 (SO) — Rodwin Dionicio (2023 draft eligible) scored the winner in the 10th round of a Group B shootout at the Avenir Centre.
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).
Servats Petrovsky (Minnesota Wild) scored twice, and Philippe Messard (Montreal Canadiens) and Libor Nemec (2023 draft eligible) each had two assists for Slovakia (2-0-1-1). Adam Gajan (2023 draft eligible) made 32 saves in his third straight start.
Mischa Ramel (2023 draft eligible) cut it to 3-2 at 2:20 of the third period after receiving a pass from Reichle in the high slot.
Lorenzo Canonica (2023 draft pick) tied the game at 3-3 at 8:40 on a power play, scoring with a wrist shot from the right 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 pulling a shot over the line.
Reichle tied the game at 1-1 at 1:07 of the second period with a wrist shot from the slot.
Petrovski scored twice in a 49-second span to give Slovakia a two-goal lead. His first goal of the tournament made it 2-1 at 17:20, scoring on a sharp shot into the slot, and he scored on a wrist shot from almost the same spot to make it 3-1 at 18:09.
Pache made eight saves on shots. He dispossessed Slovakia forward Dalibor Dvorsky (2023 draft eligible) just before Dionicio’s goal.
On Tap for Saturday
Czech Republic vs. Germany (1:30 p.m. ET) — The Czech Republic is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Sweden, but can still clinch the top spot in Group A with a regulation win and a loss against Sweden. Goalie 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 the Czech Republic (2-0-1-0). Germany (1-0-0-2) moved into fourth place after beating Austria 4-2 on Friday.
United States vs. Finland (4 p.m. ET) — The United States (2-0-0-1) has won three of its last five games against Finland at the World Juniors, including a 4-3 victory in the 2021 WJC semifinal. The U.S. beat Switzerland 5-1 on Thursday after a 6-3 loss to Slovakia on Wednesday. Finland (2-0-1-0) will look to clinch first place in Group B. Goaltender Jani Lampinen (2023 draft eligible) has two wins with a 1.00 GAA, .964 save percentage and one shutout. The USA will need a win either way to top Group B. A loss will put them in third place.
Canada vs. 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 projected No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft, has scored or assisted on 13 of the last 22 goals (five goals, eight assists) and leads the league in goals (six), assists (eight) and points (14). Goaltender Carl Lindbom (Vegas Golden Knight) has won each of his three starts and has a .66 GAA, .974 save percentage and two shutouts for Sweden (2-1-0-0), who is 10-for-10 in penalty kick. kill.
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