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On the strength of two, two-man advantage goals, the United States was able to overcome the Czech Republic 5-0 in a rollercoaster game in Angelholm.
In total, there were eight two-man advantages during the game, four for each team. It took 18:57 for either team to register a goal. Jamie McBain threaded the puck through the crease to a waiting Rhett Rakhshani for the first five-on-three tally.
The teams continued to send multiple men to the penalty box in the second period. On the Czechs’ first two-man advantage of the period, they controlled the puck in the U.S. zone and seemed poised to even the game, but the momentum shifted when the Czechs were whistled for successive penalties and the U.S. netted its second five-on-three goal, again scored by Rakhshani. Six minutes later it became a 3-0 American lead when Pat Kane scored, this goal coming with all 12 players on the ice.
The U.S. found itself down two men again early in the third period, but killed the penalty and scored 13 seconds later making it an insurmountable 4-0 lead. One last goal by Bill Sweatt brought the final score to 5-0.
The Americans remain in first place in the A Group with an unbeaten 3-0-0 record. Despite the loss, the Czechs are still a lock for the playoff round with a 2-0-1 record.
There were plenty of penalties, but the same could not be said of goals when host Sweden defeated Canada, 2-0, in Group B action in Halmstad.
The teams combined for 66 penalty minutes, but didn’t manage to find the back of the net until 52:05 when Tony Lagerstrom broke the scoring silence with an even-strength goal. One last insurance goal from Lagerstrom with 10 seconds left in the game brought the final to 2-0 and handed the Canadians their first loss of the championship.
Sweden’s Jhonas Enroth picked up the shut out win in net for Sweden.
Canada drops to 2-0-1 after the loss, but is still poised to make the playoff round. Sweden also has a 2-0-1 record after today’s game. Both teams have important games coming up, the Canadians will play Finland (2-0-0), while Sweden will face Slovakia (1-0-2). The outcome of those two games will ultimately decide the fate of the four teams in the next round.
Two shorthanded goals in the first period set the tone as Russia easily defeated Germany, 9-5, in A Group action in Angelholm.
The first shorthanded goal came just 2:09 into the game, on the first German power play. Germany’s Michael Endgrass made up for the lapse on the same power play 1:10 later, slamming the puck in from the side of the crease and evening the game at one.
Russia spent much the remainder of the period in penalty trouble, but the Germans could not get their power play going. Moments after a two-man advantage expired, the Russians struck with their second shorthanded goal, when Ruslan Bashkirov put in the rebound. Bashkirov extended the Russian lead to 4-1 with an even-strength goal 1:53 into the second period. He paced Russia with four goals and an assist.
Six minutes later, the Germans got some shorthanded revenge when Thomas Weiszdorn made it a 4-2 game. But the elation was short-lived as the Russians piled on three more goals before the end of the period increasing the lead to 7-2.
Germany actually out-scored the Russians, 3-2, in the final period, but trailing 9-2 at the time of the comeback, the three goals could do little more than make the final score a more respectable 9-5.
Russia, 2-0-1, guaranteed itself a spot in the playoff round with today’s win. The Russians have one last preliminary round game against the Czech Republic, depending on the outcome, Russia could finish between first and third place in the A Group.
Meanwhile, with a 0-0-3 record, the Germans are bound for the relegation round, but still have an important tilt against Belarus tomorrow. The winner of that game will carry the two points into the relegation round.
Slovakia picked up its first win at the U18 World Championship with relatively little stress, topping Norway, 5-2.
The only time the Slovaks had cause to worry about the outcome came in the opening 1:07 of the second period when Norway’s Martin Ylven pulled his team to within one goal, making it a 2-1 game.
But the stress was short-lived as Slovakia’s Lukas Zeliska quickly restored the two-goal advantage, scoring just over two minutes later. Slovakia continued to build the lead, going up to 4-1, before Norway struck again on a two-man advantage. But again, Slovakia quickly responded, taking a 5-2 lead moments before the third period expired on a goal from Ivan Rohac. The goal closed all scoring in the game. Rohac led all scorers with three goals and an assist in the win.
The win kept Slovakia’s hopes for making the playoff round alive. The Slovaks are 1-0-2 only have one game, against Sweden, remaining in the preliminary round. Meanwhile, the loss sealed winless Norway’s place in the relegation round. If Slovakia does go to the relegation round, the result of today’s game would mean the Slovaks enter the round with two points.