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World Junior Championship roundup: Kemell leads Finland past Slovakia

World Junior Championship roundup: Kemell leads Finland past Slovakia

Tuesday is the second day of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship, which is being held at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Avenir Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Day 2 gamesFinland 5, Slovakia 2 — Joakim Kemell (Nashville Predators) and Oliver Kapanen (Montreal Canadiens) each had a goal and an assist for Finland in a Group B game at Avenir Centre.

Sami Paivarinta (2023 draft eligible), Jani Nyman (Seattle Kraken) and Brad Lambert (Winnipeg Jets) scored, and Jani Lampinen (2023 draft eligible) made 22 saves for Finland (1-0-1-0), which rebounded from a 3-2 overtime loss to Switzerland on Monday.

“Today we had a fresh start,” Finland coach Tomi Lamsa said. “And I’m satisfied with how we played, the kind of energy we had. Tactically I think we did good decisions. And of course, in the second period we had three goals. That was a big, big 20 minutes for us.”

Peter Repcik (2023 draft eligible) scored two power-play goals for Slovakia (0-0-0-1). Patrik Andrisik (2023 draft eligible) allowed four goals on 15 shots before being replaced in the second period by Matej Marinov (2023 draft eligible), who made seven saves.

Paivarinta made it 1-0 at 8:54 of the first period with a shot from the right face-off dot.

Repcik scored on the rebound of a shot by Dalibor Dvorsky (2023 draft eligible) to tie it 1-1 at 19:49.

Kemell gave Finland a 2-1 lead at 3:34 of the second period before Kapanen made it 3-1 on a wraparound at 7:45.

Nyman extended the lead to 4-1 with a power-play goal at 13:56.

Tweet from @TSN_Sports: Joakim Kemell finishes off the one-timer to give Finland an early 2nd period lead.#WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/kX0fYak1Hw

Repcik’s second goal cut it to 4-2 at 3:22 of the third period, but Lambert scored on an end-to-end rush at 5:01 for the 5-2 final.

Slovakia next plays the United States on Wednesday (4 p.m. ET). Finland plays Latvia on Thursday (11 a.m. ET).

“I think we are really good players, and I think we can make a surprise,” Repcik said of playing the United States.

Sweden 1, Germany 0 — Carl Lindbom (Vegas Golden Knights) made 28 saves for his second consecutive shutout in a Group A game at Scotiabank Centre.

Lindbom made 13 saves in an 11-0 win against Austria on Monday.

Adam Engstrom (Montreal Canadiens) scored for Sweden (2-0-0-0), which went 0-for-4 on the power play. 

“We didn’t play good,” Sweden forward Isak Rosen (Buffalo Sabres) said. “We’re not doing anything wrong really, but we don’t use our skill enough. We don’t go hard to the net to score goals. We could score some more goals, but (we’re) not getting there, so that’s got to be better. But a win is a win.”

Nikita Quapp (Carolina Hurricanes) made 43 saves for Germany (0-0-0-1).

“I think we played a good game,” Germany coach Tobias Abstreiter said. “I think it was the best first game that we played the last couple of years, and against a good hockey nation. We had a chance to win the game.”

Engstrom scored at 19:38 of the first period. Filip Bystedt (San Jose Sharks) won an offensive-zone face-off back to Engstrom, who shot the rolling puck through traffic past Quapp.

Tweet from @TSN_Sports: Sweden is on the board with 21 seconds to go in the 1st period 🚨#WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/suwsZRv8f0

Fabian Lysell (Boston Bruins) had a chance to extend Sweden’s lead, but he was stopped on a penalty shot at 11:23 of the second period.

Lindbom made 13 saves in the third period to preserve the win.

Germany next plays Canada on Wednesday (6:30 p.m. ET). Sweden plays Czechia on Thursday (1:30 p.m. ET).

Switzerland 3, Latvia 2 (SO) — Liekit Reichle (2023 draft eligible) scored in the seventh round of the shootout for Switzerland, which rallied in a Group B game at Avenir Centre.

Louis Robin (2023 draft eligible) and Rodwin Dionicio (2023 draft eligible) scored for Switzerland (0-2-0-0). Kevin Pasche (2023 draft eligible) made 16 saves.

Darels Dukurs (2023 draft eligible) and Dans Locmelis (Boston Bruins) scored for Latvia (0-0-1-1). Patriks Berzins (2023 draft eligible) made 27 saves.

Dionicio tied it 2-2 with 1:56 remaining in the third period on a point shot through traffic with Pasche pulled for an extra attacker.

Tweet from @TSN_Sports: DIONICIO TIES THE GAME WITH 2 MINUTES REMAINING 🇨🇭#WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/LciH60z1vc

Robin put Switzerland ahead 1-0 at 8:20 of the first period, scoring on the rebound of a shot by Brian Zanetti (Philadelphia Flyers).

Locmelis tied it 1-1 at 13:03 when he scored off his own rebound, and Dukurs gave Latvia a 2-1 lead at 17:50 of the second period on a rebound on the power play.

Latvia next plays Finland on Thursday (11 a.m. ET), when Switzerland will play the United States (4 p.m. ET).

Czechia 9, Austria 0 — Jiri Kulich (Buffalo Sabres) had a hat trick for Czechia in a Group A game at Scotiabank Centre.

Gabriel Szturc (2023 draft eligible) scored twice, David Spacek (Minnesota Wild) had a goal and an assist, Matyas Sapovaliv (Vegas Golden Knights) had four assists, Stanislav Svozil (Columbus Blue Jackets) had three assists, and Tomas Suchanek (2023 draft eligible) made eight saves and had two assists for Czechia (2-0-0-0), which defeated Canada 5-2 on Monday.

“We won and got three points, which is great, but we have to stay grounded and be ready for our next game,” Svozil said. “We played the same way the whole game, which is important. We knew Austria isn’t Canada, but they’re still a good team and we had to be ready, and we were.”

Michael Sicher (2023 draft eligible) made 38 saves for Austria (0-0-0-2), which lost 11-0 to Sweden on Monday.

“We always say in the locker room you’ve got to focus on the positive things, but obviously if you lose games 11-0, 9-0 it’s hard to just focus on the good stuff,” Austria forward Vinzenz Rohrer (Montreal Canadiens) said. “For sure our third period is something we can hang on. … The emotions went up, the guys were blocking shots. So I think that’s one of the things that we got to keep up.”

Jakub Brabenec (Vegas Golden Knights) made it 1-0 at 3:50 of the first period with a power-play goal.

Kulich extended the lead to 2-0 at 16:26 when he scored from the right face-off circle after receiving a seam pass from the left point by Svozil.

Tweet from @TSN_Sports: Jiri Kulich rips it shortside, giving Czechia a 2-0 lead! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/lBll8kmH9y

Petr Hauser (New Jersey Devils) jammed in a loose puck in the crease to make it 3-0 at 18:39.

Szturc made it 4-0 at 1:05 of the second period, and Ales Cech (2023 draft eligible) pushed it to 5-0 at 2:56 with a point shot that squeezed between Sicher’s pads.

Kulich scored on a power play to make it 6-0 at 8:16. Szturc then made it 7-0 at 10:02 when he finished a give-and-go with Jaroslav Chmelar (New York Rangers).

Kulich completed the hat trick on a breakaway eight seconds into the third period to make it 8-0, and Spacek scored at 14:13 for the 9-0 final.

Czechia next plays Sweden on Thursday (1:30 p.m. ET), when Austria will play Canada (6:30 p.m. ET).

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