In International competition the IIHF World Junior Championships are underway in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic for Day Three of the tournament.
- Saturday, December 28th, 2019
Finland v. Slovakia
In the second game for both Finland and Slovakia, they would both faceoff as Slovakia looks for their second win and Finland looks for their first. In the first period Finland would get on the board first with a goal from Patrik Puistola, and then another goal from Aku Raty would give the Fins the 2-0 lead. Then in the second period the Fins would light up the Slovaks for four goals as Joona Oden, Aatu Raty, Mikko Kokkonen, and Eemil Erholtz would alls score to take a commanding 6-0 lead, but the Slovaks would finally respond late in the period with a Robert Dzugan tally. However, shortly after Aku Raty would score his second of the game to regain the six goal lead for Finland. Then in the third period Ville Petman would score the final goal as Finland would go on to win 8-1.
Czech Republic v. Germany
In the second game of the day the Czech Republic look to go 2-0 to start the tournament as they face Germany. In the first period the Germans would strike first as they would get goals from Lukas Reichel and John Peterka to take the 2-0 lead, but late in the period Washington Capitals prospect Martin Has scored for the Czechs to cut their deficit to one. Then in the second period Dominik Bokk would score for the Germans to grow their lead back to two. In the third period Bokk would score his second of the game to grow the Germans lead to three. The Czechs would get goals from Jan Jenik and Libor Zabransky would score, but it would not be enough as Germany would hold on to win 4-3.
Switzerland v. Sweden
To begin the afternoon action Switzerland would face Sweden. In the first period the Swedes would get a pair of goals from Samuel Fagemo to take the 2-0 lead. Then in the second period Nils Hoglander, Karl Henriksson, and Lucas Raymond would all score to grow the Swedes lead to five, but Gilian Kohler would end the shut out bid to get the Swiss on the board. In the third period Nico Gross would score for the Swiss, but it would not be enough as Sweden would go on to win 5-2.
Russia v. Canada
In the final game of the day we would see the two powerhouses in Russia and Canada face off with one another. However the first forty minutes would be all Russia as they would get first period goals from Alexander Khovanov, Pavel Dorofeyev, and Nikita Rtishev to take the 3-0 lead. Then in the second period goals from Nikita Alexandrov, Yegor Sokolov, and Grigori Denisenko to grow Russia’s lead to six. In the third period the Canadians would not be able to solve the Russians as Russia would go on to win 6-0.