The Philadelphia Flyers had all four prospects in action on Tuesday as the semifinals of the World Junior Championship took place. Two of the four prospects are moving on to the semifinals, while one other has relegation games remaining. German Rubtsov has played his last game with Russia in this tournament.
Let’s get to the action that took place on Tuesday.
Denmark 5, Belarus 4
Maksim Sushko (BLR) – 2 assists, 4 shots on goal, -1 in 26:55 TOI
Maksim Sushko helped his team to tie the game after falling down 2-0 and then take a lead late into the third period, but a last-minute comeback by Denmark stunned Belarus in the opening game of the relegation round.
Sushko, a forward, played nearly half the game, 26:55, including over half of the third period, 10:44. He picked up two assists in the loss.
Sushko’s first assist was on a simple pass back to the point on the power play. His teammate wound up for a shot, and it found its way into the back of the net to tie the game at 2 in the 2nd period.
He picked up another power-play assist midway through the third period to put Belarus up 4-2. This time he received a pass, walked down the left circle, and fired a shot on net that a teammate put home for the goal.
Unfortunately, however, Denmark stormed back. They scored 34 seconds later to make it a 4-3 game with over 10 minutes left, then scored with 34 seconds left in the game to tie it at 4. Almost unbelievably they scored again with 15 seconds left to take a 5-4 lead and win the game.
The two teams will play again on Thursday at 12:00 p.m.
Canada 8, Switzerland 2
Carter Hart (CAN) – 13 saves on 15 shots (.867 SV%)
There was never a doubt for Team Canada against Switzerland, as they went through them like Swiss cheese. Canada scored 48 seconds into the game en route to a 3-0 lead after one period and 6-1 lead after two periods. They tacked on two more in the third for an 8-2 final score.
It was one of Hart’s worst games of the tournament, as he gave up his first bad goal. The goal he gave up in the second period was a double deflection off of a skate, that you can’t expect him to save. However, the second goal he allowed wasn’t as fortuitous.
With Canada on a power play, Axel Simic sped down the ice for a breakaway chance and beat Hart with a shot for a goal. All of the goals Hart had given up prior in the tournament were on the power play, or deflected, or outdoors, but this was the first time that he failed a test, so to speak. He’s not perfect, no goalies are, and it’s better for him to get that out of the way now rather than down the road in a big moment.
Hart likely would’ve had a higher save percentage in the game if Canada didn’t dominate completely, as Switzerland managed just three shots in the third period and 15 shots total.
Canada will face the Czech Republic in the semifinals on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Sweden 3, Slovakia 2
Linus Hogberg (SWE) – 4:03 TOI
Linus Hogberg has been a complete nonfactor for Sweden in this tournament. They are stacked on the blue line, including consensus top draft pick Rasmus Dahlin, so Hogberg has been getting minimal minutes.
It was a surprisingly tough game for Sweden, as Slovakia made it a 3-2 game in the third period, but the Swedes were able to hold on for the victory.
Sweden will play Team USA in the semifinals on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
USA 4, Russia 2
German Rubtsov (RUS) – 1 shot on goal in 18:08 TOI
Team USA prevailed over Russia, as German Rubtsov was held off of the scoresheet. That’ll do it for Rubtsov and Russia in the tournament, in what has to be a disappointing end.
Rubtsov finishes the tournament with one goal and three assists for four points and a +4 rating in five games.
Team USA will play Sweden in the semifinals on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
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