In International competition the IIHF World Junior Championships are underway in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic for final day of the Preliminary Round of the tournament.
- Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
Sweden v. Slovakia
In the first game of the final day of the Preliminary Round Sweden would face Slovakia. In the first period Alexander Holtz, Albin Eriksson, and Philip Broberg would score for the Swedes to take the 3-0 lead. Then in the second period Oskar Back and Holtz’s second of the game would give Sweden the 5-0 lead. In the third period Kristian Kovacik and Robert Dzugan would strike for the Slovaks, but Samuel Fagemo would score for the Swedes to secure the 6-2 victory.
Russia v. Germany
In the final day of the Preliminary Round the Russians would face the Germans in a lopsided affair. Russia would get a pair of goals from Kirill Marchenko and Pavel Dorofeyev, and goals from Grigori Densieko and Dmitri Voronkov to take the 6-1 victory over Germany. Nino Kinder would score the lone goal for the Germans.
Finland v. Switzerland
In the afternoon Finland would take on Switzerland, and in the first period the Fins would take the lead with an Anttoni Honka goal. However, in the third period the Swiss would takeover as Fabian Berri and Gaetan Jobin would score to take the 2-1 lead. Joonas Oden would tie the game at two for the Fins, but Berri would score his second of the game to retake the lead for the Swiss to end the second period. Then in the third period Simon Knak and Valentin Nussbaumer would score to give the Swiss the 5-2 victory over Finland.
Canada v. Czech Republic
In the final game of the Preliminary Round Canada would face the host Czech Republic, and it would be all Canada from the start. In the first period Canada would get goals from Joe Veleno, Nolan Foote, Barrett Hayton, and Connor McMichael to take a commanding 4-0 lead. In the second period Vojtech Strondala and Libor Zabransky would score for the Czechs, but Liam Foudy and Dylan Cozens would score to retake the four goal lead for the Canadians. In the third period Jared McIsaac would score to secure the 7-2 victory for Canada over the Czech Republic.