In International competition the IIHF World Junior Championships are underway in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic for Semi-Finals of the tournament.
- Saturday, January 4th, 2020
Sweden v. Russia
In the first semi final matchup of the day we would be treated to an exciting game between Sweden and Russia. In the first period Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Rasmus Sandin would open up the scoring for the Swedes, but Ivan Morozov, Alexander Khovanov, and Yeger Sokolov would score three straight for the Russians. However, Samuel Fagemo would score for the Swedes to bring them back within one. Then in the second period Sandin would score his second of the game to tie the game at three, and in the third period Nils Lundkvist would strike to retake the lead for the Swedes, but Sokolov would score his second of the game to the game at four and send the game to overtime. In the extra frame Morozov would would score his second of the game to give the Russians the 5-4 victory as they would move on to the Gold Medal Game.
Canada v. Finalnd
In the second semi final game we would see Canada face Finland for the right to play against Russia for the gold, and in the first period the Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael would strike in the opening minutes to take the 1-0 lead. Then projected number one pick overall Alexis Lafreniere would strike a little over a minute later followed by a Jamie Drysdale goal 50 seconds later to take a 3-0 lead. Late in the first Ty Dellandrea would score to grow the Canadians lead to four. Then in the second period Lafreniere would score his second of the game to grow Canada’s lead to five, and secure the 5-0 victory to move on to the Gold Medal Game.
- Relegation Game
Kazakhstan v. Germany
In the second game of the Relegation series between Germany and Kazakhstan we would see Kazakhstan tie the series at one. Stanislav Alexandrov would score a pair of goals, and Oleg Boiko and Denis Chaporov would score to give Kazakhstan the 4-1 victory. Luis Schinko would score the lone goal for the Germans.