World Junior Championships
- Jamie Lundmark and team Canada were defeated by team Finland, 5-2 today in the Semifinals. Finland now moves on to the Finals, while Canada’s best finish now could be another bronze medal. Lundmark was held off the scoresheets in this game, as was most of the Canadians thanks to superb goaltending by Ari Ahonen of Finland, a Devils prospect. Lundmark currenlty has 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) and 6 penalty minutes in 6 games so far. Canada goes up against team Sweden for the Bronze medal. I’m hoping Henrik Lundqvist has a stellar game in goal for the Swedes, but I’m still rooting for Canada, although I’m a US Citizen. I hope Canadians win 1-0, with Lundmark getting the only goal 🙂
- As you could probably figure out from my above comments, Pavel Brendl and the Czech Republic were victorious against Sweden in the semi-finals. The Czech’s won 1-0, but Brendl didn’t get any points, just a 2 minute penalty for slashing in the 1st period. Brendl currently has 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists) and 6 penalty minutes in 6 games so far. The Czech Republic, last year’s gold-medal winner, is still currently undefeated in the 6 games they have played. Brendl and the Czech Republic will face talented Oilers prospect Jani Rita and the Finland team to determine who gets the Gold, and Silver..
- In a game to determine the 5th to 8th finishes, Sven Helfenstein and team Switzerland handed the Russians their second straight loss as the Swiss won 3-2. Helfenstein got an assist on the Swiss’ first goal, which now gives him 2 goals and 1 assist in 6 games, including 2 penalty minutes.
- Henrik Lundqvist and the Swedes were defeated by the Czech Republic 1-0 in the semifinals although they put up a great effort including an excellent performance by Lundqvist between the pipes. Lundqvist turned away 15 of the Czech’s 16 shots, but it was one that would decide the outcome of the game. The Swedes face the Canadians in hopes of winning the bronze medal.