Johnson dazzles, Canada tops Czechia 5-1 in world junior hockey championship

Each side have been coming off a relaxation day after Canada routed Slovakia 11-1 on Thursday whereas the Czechs fell 4-3 in a shootout to Finland the identical day.

Canada will wrap up spherical robin play towards Finland (2-0-0) on Monday. 

Foerster sealed the rating 7:39 into the third interval, accumulating a cross from Johnson in the course of the slot, winding up and blasting a large shot previous Suchanek to present the Canadians a 5-1 benefit. 

Teen phenom Connor Bedard arrange Canada’s fourth purpose of the evening, slicing a crisp cross to McTavish, who was alone on the prime of the slot. He stickhandled his approach in and put a shot by way of the goalie’s legs for his second purpose of the sport 11:05 into the second. 

The Canadians took a 3-1 lead 4:48 into the body due to a power-play purpose.

Czechia’s Gabriel Szturc was referred to as for roughing and 5 seconds into the person benefit, Greig tipped in Seeley’s shot for his second purpose of the event. 

Canada was 1 for 3 on the ability play Saturday whereas Czechia went 0 for two.

The host nation took the lead late within the first due to a highlight-reel purpose that stood up as the sport winner.

Johnson scooped the puck on to his stick blade behind the online, picked it up as he glided ahead and swirled it in over Suchanek’s shoulder to attain an elusive “Michigan” purpose 19 minutes into the sport. 

McTavish put away the equalizer 16:44 into the opening body, deflecting in Thompson’s lengthy blast by way of visitors. 

McTavish, the Canadian captain, leads the event with 10 factors (six objectives, 4 assists). 

Seconds earlier, Suchanek made an eye-popping cease to protect his staff’s lead. Stationed together with the online, Johnson received a fast shot off on the out-of-position netminder however Suchanek slid over simply in time to make a diving glove save. 

A brief-handed purpose gave Czechia an early 1-0 cushion.

Jaroslav Chmelar was despatched to the field after operating fellow New York Rangers prospect Brennan Othmann into the boards from behind and leaving the Canadian with a bloody nostril. 

The play was reviewed and Chmelar was ejected with a sport misconduct whereas his staff was left to kill a five-minute main penalty. 

Rysavy gave the Czech’s some respiration room, placing a shot up below the crossbar 5:10 into the sport. The puck bounced out of the online and the play continued, however a video evaluate moments later confirmed the puck had crossed the purpose line.

The Columbus Blue Jackets prospect has two objectives within the event. 

Earlier on Saturday, the reigning champion People (3-0-0) remained undefeated with a lopsided 7-0 victory over Austria (0-3-0).

Austrian goalie Leon Sommer stopped 49 of the 56 photographs he confronted. 

“I really like these type of video games,” he mentioned with a smile. “A lot of photographs.” 

Saturday’s workload wasn’t the most important Sommer has shouldered in world juniors motion — he confronted 64 photographs in a 11-2 loss to Canada earlier than COVID-19 scrubbed the unique 2022 event in December. 

“I assume I get the robust ones,” the goalie mentioned. “However I really like these.” 

Saturday’s ultimate sport will pit Germany (1-1-0) towards winless Switzerland (0-2-0). 

The preliminary spherical continues by way of Monday, with the quarterfinals set for Wednesday. The semifinals are scheduled for Friday and the medal video games might be performed subsequent Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Aug. 13, 2022. 

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

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