Slovakia 2 vs. Czech Republic 5 (Relegation Round)
C/W Richard Panik, SLO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament: 6 GP, 6-2-8, E, 2 PIM, 32 SOG
The Czechs got a hat trick from undersized forward Jan Kovar (undrafted, 2009 eligible) in a 5-2 relegation round route of Richard Panik (pictured) and Slovakia. The Czechs finished on top of the relegation table at 3-0, just ahead of Slovakia (2-1). Panik went scoreless in the game, but still finished as the team leader in points with eight (six goals) in six games. His 32 shots were 12 more than anyone else on the team. With the bronze and gold medal games yet to be played, Panik was tied for the tournament lead in goals and 12th in points.
Finland 4 vs. Russia 3 (Fifth Place Game)
W Matias Sointu, FIN: 0-1-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping), 1 SOG
Tournament: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 6 PIM, 10 SOG
Finland outscored Russia 2-1 in the third period, including the game winner with six minute remaining to take fifth place in the tournament. Sointu had a good showing in his WJC debut, recording a goal and two assists over four games.
Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Belleville Bulls 3 (OT)
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 12-8-20, -2, 35 PIM
With Bulls: 21 GP, 10-7-17, E, 15 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
A big night for DeCoste (pictured), who scored the game tying goal midway through the third period on the power play, then won it in overtime when he charged the net and slid the puck through the goalieâ€™s legs.
Peterborough Petes 3 @ Barrie Colts 6
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-1-2, E, 4 PIM (holding, holding the stick), *Third Star*
Season Totals: 37 GP, 25-23-48, +27, 32 PIM
Barrie got back in the win column after having their 22-game win streak snapped this week by scoring five times in the third period against the Petes. Both of Hutchingsâ€™ points came on the power play.
Regina Pats 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 37 GP, 16-17-33, -12, 69 PIM
With Regina: 9 GP, 3-4-7, -4, 17 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Ashton helped Regina erase a 2-0 deficit in the game and end the clubâ€™s nine-game winless streak. This was his first two-goal game since October 25 when he was with Lethbridge.
Finland 2 vs. USA 6 (Quarterfinals)
W Matias Sointu, FIN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Sointu assisted on Finland's second goal when a rebound of his shot was stuffed home to cut the USA lead to 4-2. USA added an empty netter moments later, then a late tally 5-on-5 to give the game it's final score. Sointu received good ice time in the game and showed solid speed, creating a few scoring chances. Finland will now play for fifth place on Monday vs. Russia.
Slovakia 3 vs. Austria 2 (Relegation Round)
C/W Richard Panik, SLO: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping), 9 SOG
Panik scored his sixth goal of the tournament as Slovakia survived a major upset scare from the Austrians. Panik has 19 shots in his last two games. Austria had finished the preliminary round 0-4 with a minus-23 goal differential. Slovakia will play the Czechs on Monday.
Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Guelph Storm 4
C Richard Panik, WSR: Did not play (WJC - Slovakia).
Season Totals: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
Half of Windsorâ€™s roster is playing in the WJCs it seems, yet theyâ€™ve still won four in a row and eight of their past 10.
Ottawa 67â€™s 4 @ Oshawa Generals 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 27 GP, 11-12-2-1, 3.46 GAA, .897 sv%, 1 SO
Zador has struggled lately, but backup Kevin Bailie couldnâ€™t right the ship in a loss to East Division leading Ottawa. Oshawa has lost three in a row.
Slovakia 1 vs. Switzerland 4
W Richard Panik, SLO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 10 SOG
Panik (pictured) scored his fifth of the tournament on 10 shots in the game, but Slovakia suffered a devastating loss to the Swiss and will now move to the relegation round. They next play Austria on Saturday. Panik finished the preliminary round seventh in tournament scoring with five goals and two assists. His five goals tied for the tournament lead.
Finland 1 vs. Sweden 7
W Matias Sointu, FIN: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (slashing, tripping), 3 SOG
Sweden clinched the bye from Group B with an easy win over rival Finland. Sointu and Finland will play the U.S.A. in the quarterfinals on Saturday, January 1.