2022 World Juniors daily: Aug. 12
It’s the lightest day of the tournament thus far with just two round-robin games on the schedule for Day 4 of the 2022 World Juniors.
There’s a handful of CHL talent on display today as four European nations battle.
Day 4 schedule:
Austria vs. Sweden — 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
Slovakia vs. Latvia — 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
The day ahead:
The first contest of the day will see just three CHL players in action. Austria (0-1-0) is represented by Halifax’s Senna Peeters, who scored in Wednesday’s loss to Germany, while Fabian Lysell and Oskar Olausson (OSH) will suit up for Sweden (1-0-0). Lysell recorded an assist Wednesday as Sweden opened the tournament with 3-2 win over Switzerland.
Slovakia (0-2-0) will look to rebound immediately after they were hammered 11-1 by Canada last night. Chicoutimi winger Matej Kaslik has three goals in two games for the Slovaks, who lost their first game of the tournament to Czechia Tuesday.
Latvia (0-2-0) had Thursday off but had opened the tournament with back-to-back losses to Finland (6-1) and Canada (5-2). Medicine Hat d-man Bodgans Hadass has one goal and one assist in a pair of games.
It’s a pivotal contest for both nations; the loser will be eliminated from the tournament.
Who to watch:
Owen Sound’s Servac Petrovsky is the only Slovak to own a positive +/- rating at +1. In two games, Petrovsky has one goal and one assist while his eight shots are the second most on the team behind Kaslik’s 12.
Petrovsky was a sixth-round selection by the Minnesota Wild in the 2022 NHL Draft after he registered 28 goals and 54 points in 65 games as a rookie last season in the OHL.
Mason McTavish stole the headlines Thursday as he scored four times in Canada’s 11-1 demolition of Slovakia.
The captain became the seventh player to score four goals for Canada in a World Juniors game alongside Mario Lemieux (1984) Simon Gagné (1999) Brayden Schenn (2011) Taylor Raddysh (2017) Maxime Comtois (2019) and Connor Bedard (2022/unofficial).
“It’s pretty cool for sure,” said McTavish, who also had two assists. “Special moment. Obviously, credit to my teammates. They were looking for me all game.”
A special performance from a special player.
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Joshua Roy (SHE) scored once and added three assists in the victory while Brennan Othmann (FLNT), in his tournament debut, added a goal and two helpers.
Connor Bedard (REG), Lukas Cormier (CHA), Will Cuylle (WSR), William Dufour (SJ), Logan Stankoven (KAM) and Olen Zellweger (EVE) all had multi-point games. Dylan Garand (KAM), the reigning CHL goaltender of the year, stopped 22 shots.
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In the day’s first game, Leevi Merilainen backstopped Finland to a 4-3 shootout win over Czechia.
Czech captain Jan Mysak (HAM), fresh off of a 13-shot, two-goal, effort in their first game, scored again while Michal Hut (EVE) added an assist. Acadie-Bathurst’s Jan Bednar made 28 saves.
Attilio Biasca, who scored in Switzerland’s first game of the tournament, collected an assist in a 7-1 loss to the USA in Thursday’s final game.