World Junior Championship round-up: Sweden advance to semi-finals | NHL.com
Monday is day seven of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held at the Scotiabank Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the Avenir Center in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Day 7 games
Sweden 3, Finland 2 — Victor Stjernborg (Chicago Blackhawks) scored a breakaway with 1:05 left in the third period of the quarterfinals at the Avenir Center.
Stjernborg picked up a loose puck at center ice and raced into the zone before moving to center ice and scoring with a snap through goaltender Jani Lampinen’s five-hole.
Leo Carlsson, a top-10 prospect in the 2023 NHL Draft, scored twice and Carl Lindbom (Vegas Golden Knights) made 33 saves for Sweden, who were recovering from a 5-1 loss against the Canada in their final preliminary round game on Saturday. .
Lampinen made 17 saves for Finland, who lost their tournament with back-to-back losses, including a 6-2 loss to the United States on Saturday.
Oliver Kapanen (Montreal Canadiens) gave Finland a 1-0 lead when he hit a puck on the right post at 3:10 of the first game.
Carlsson made the score 1-1 with Sweden’s second shot of the game when he converted a rebound from the slot at 16:55 of the first.
Niko Huuhtanen (Tampa Bay Lightning) hit from the right circle at 4:03 of the third to give Finland a 2-1 lead.
Carlsson scored his second of the game for Sweden to draw 2-2 (16:33) with a rebound just before the left post.
Latvia 5, Austria 2 — Emils Veckaktins (2023 draft qualifier) scored twice, including the winner, to help Latvia take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-3 relegation round.
Dans Lomelis (Boston Bruins) and Sandis Vilmanis (Florida Panthers) also scored for Latvia. Patriks Berzins (eligible to play in 2023) made 11 saves. Latvia beat Austria 22:1 in the third period.
Luca Auer (Draft 2023) and Vinzenz Rohrer (Montreal Canadiens) scored for Austria. Thomas Pfarrmaier (eligible to play in 2023) made 41 saves.
Veckaktins completed a cycle play with Rihards Simanovics (2023 qualification) with a shot from the left side of the left faceoff to put Latvia 3-2 up at 8:50.
Vilmanis made it 4-2 with a power play goal at 11:22 and Bogdans Hodass (2023 qualification) scored an empty net goal for the final at 18:54.
Auer gave Austria a 1-0 lead at 5:20 am Lomelis equalized with a powerplay goal to make it 1-1 at 16:16.
Rohrer gave Austria a 2-1 lead (17:53). Veckaktins equalized after 17:01 of the second 2:2 for Latvia.
The winner of the best-of-3 series returns to Sweden for the 2024 World Juniors. The losing team will play in the 2024 WJC Division I Group A Tournament.
Norway will participate in WJC 2024 after winning the Group A Division I tournament on 17 December.
NHL Assistant Editor-in-Chief Adam Kimelman and staff writer Mike G. Morreale contributed to this report
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