by PuckStopsHere on 01/03/09 at 10:30 AM ET
The World Junior Hockey Championships quarter-finals went last night. A summary of the preliminary round is here.
The quarter-finals were USA matched up against Slovakia and Russia against the Czech Republic.
Slovakia 5 USA 3 On a strong game from goaltender Jaroslav Janus(undrafted) who faced 47 shots, the Slovaks pulled off the upset. US goaltender Tomas McCollum (Detroit prospect) faced only 18 shots (saving 14), with the final Slovak goal scored on an empty net. Tomas Tatar (2009 draft eligible) led the way for the Slovaks with 2 goals including the first period goal where the Slovaks grabbed a 2-1 lead which they held the rest of the game) and the empty net goal to seal the win. Richard Panik (2009 draft eligible) and Marek Viedensky (undrafted) both provided two points for the Slovaks. The US offence had two point nights from James Van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia prospect), Jonathan Blum (Nashville prospect) and Colin Wilson (Nashville prospect). With the win, Slovakia will make the medal round.
Russia 5 Czech Republic 1 The Russians grabbed a 1-0 first period lead on a power play goal by Sergei Andronov (undrafted - one of his two points on the night) which they held into the third period where all other scoring occurred. Vadim Zhelobynuk (undrafted) stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced. Evgeni Grachev (NY Rangers prospect) also put up two points. The Czech goal was scored by defenceman Radko Gudas (undrafted). Their goaltending was provided by Dominik Furch (undrafted). This puts Russia through to the medal round.
In the medal round, Sweden will play Slovakia and Canada will play Russia with the winners meeting in the gold/silver game and the losers in the bronze/4th game.
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