Team Canada continued its scoring streak on Tuesday with a 9-1 win over Slovakia in its second game of the tournament.
Canada defeated Switzerland 14-0 in the team’s opener, securing a 23-1 goal difference heading into the final day of round-robin play.
Brayden Jaeger started the fun with a power play marker at 5:15. It was Team Canada’s first lead of the period in a frame that made it four, but Slovakia’s Samuel Urban looked good in the Slovakian net.
Zachary Benson scored Canada’s second goal at 15:59 on a 4-on-4 play, just three seconds after Leo Eperiesi was sent to the Slovakia penalty box for a cross-check.
The second period was a dominant one for Canada throughout. Jaeger scored his second goal of the night at 27:40 to make it 2-0, followed by Tanner Howe two minutes later. Riley Haidt and Cam Allen closed out the period with goals of their own to give Canada a six-goal lead.
Canada held on in the third period when Haidt scored at the 44:09 mark and Ethan Gauthier added 30 seconds later. Tanner Molendyk made it 9-0 late and it looked like it would be over, but Peter Cisar scored with less than four minutes remaining to thwart Carson Bjarnason’s bid for a shutout. However, Canada won easily, beating the Slovaks 63-20.
Sweden ranks nine after Switzerland
Three straight three-goal periods powered Sweden to a convincing 9-3 win over Switzerland on Tuesday.
It was a tough week for Switzerland, who lost 14-0 to Canada on the opening night. Sweden improved to 2-0 and will face Canada for the top seed in Friday’s semifinals.
The first period turned out to be quite dramatic, with Sweden scoring three goals in the first 8:45. Noel Nord’s power play goal at 1:46 started the scoring before Lucas Kling and Noel Nord scored one apiece at 5:18 and 8:45 respectively.
Switzerland had plenty to brag about late in the first leg when Tim Horak found Simon Mayer to make it 4-1, but the damage had already been done. At 28:51, Otto Stenberg scored with seven seconds left on a free kick by Erik Schneller to make it 5-1 Sweden.
Leo Braillard scored on the next shift to make it 5-2, but Lucas Sagranden and Wille Johansson scored a minute apart late in the second to put it out of reach.
Braillard scored again for the Swiss, making it 6-2 at the 43:52 mark in what proved to be a strong night for the forward. But goals by Gustavo Kangas, Theo Lindstein and Hugo Petersson halted a dominant effort by Sweden, who had a 40-19 shot advantage.
Finland continues a steady game against Germany
Finland will play in the semi-finals on Friday after beating Germany 4-1.
2024 draft prospect Aron Kiviharyu was the star of the show, recording three assists, including two in the opening period. Rasmus Kumpulainen was the benefactor at 3:35 on the power play, and Emil Jarventier scored at 8:47 to keep the Germans from losing momentum.
Finland outscored Germany 14-2 in the second game, with Otsa Ilitala and Jesse Kiskinen scoring in that frame to score the team.
Kevin Bicker scored Germany’s only goal just 11 seconds into the third leg, but Finland defender Emil Vinny held on until the end to keep the game in Finland’s favour.
Hlinka Grecki Cup overview: Canada, Sweden dominate, Finland completes round robin
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