WJC Game Night: 1-4-10

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.

WJC Game Night: 1-2-10

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.

WJC Game Night: 12-31-09

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.

WJC Game Night: 12-29-09

Canada 8 vs. Slovakia 2
C Richard Panik, SLO: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

Richard Panik ended Team Canada's shutout streak at 157:25 into their 2010 U20 WJC tournament. However, Canada continued its juggernaut by defeating Panik's Team Slovakia by a score of 8-2. Panik has tallied a goal in each of Slovakia's first three contests and is tied for first with 4 other players for the goal scoring lead of the tournament. His 4 assists place him 7th overall in tournament scoring.

WJC Game Night: 12-28-09

Finland 0 vs. Russia 2
F Matias Sointu, FIN: Did not play.

Preliminary round play continued Monday at the U20 WJC tournament hosted in Saskatchewan with Finland playing their second match in as many days. Matias Sointu once again did not dress for the Finnish team who was shutout by Russian netminder Igor Bobkov 2-0 despite Finland outshooting the Russians 46-17. Former Columbus Blue Jacket winger and Russian captain Nikita Filatov led the offense with a goal and an assist.

WJC Game Night: 12-27-09

Slovakia 8 vs. Latvia 3
C Richard Panik, SLO: 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

Richard Panik opened the scoring at 0:33, and by 3:44 had netted the game's first two goals. He later added two assists in Slovakia's 8-3 rout of the hapless Latvian team. After two matches, Panik now sits 3rd place on the tournament scoring board with 3 goals and 2 assists.

Finland 4 vs. Czech Republic 3
F Matias Sointu, FIN: Did not play.

Matias Sointu did not dress for the Finnish team in their opening match of the tourney as the Finns rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Czech Republic 4-3.

Sointu Represents Finland in U20 Tourney

The World of Junior Hockey blog listed Tampa 2008 7th round draftee Matias Sointu as being on Finland's rosters for a U20 tournament between Finland, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Sweden. The Ilves right winger made the Finnish tourney roster as a young 18 year old.

Tokarski Perfect in Team Red Victory

Dustin Tokarski shutout Team White in 20 minutes of action in the third and final game of the Red-White intrasquad scrimmage series at Hockey Canada's 2009 World Junior Championships Developmental Camp. Team Red won the game 4-2 and claimed bragging rights winning the series 2-1. Tokarski was a Lightning 5th round pick at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in June after winning Memorial Cup MVP honors and leading his Spokane Chiefs to the CHL title. Lightning 2007 2nd round pick Dana Tyrell was scoreless for Team White in the final game, finishing 0-1-1 and 2 PIMs in the 3 game series.

Tokarski led all goaltenders with just 2 goals allowed in 3 games and 90 minutes played. Tokarski's Team Red teammate Jake Allen (STL) allowed 5 goals, while Team White's Tyson Sexsmith (SAN) and Chet Pickard (NAS) allowed 4 goals and 7 goals, respectively.

The roster for Team Canada's 2009 U20 World Junior Championships roster is scheduled to be released in December 2008.

Tokarski Shines; Tyrell Tallies GW Assist

Team White storms back in the second intrasquad scrimmage at Hockey Canada's World Junior Championships Development Camp hosted this week at the University of Ottawa. Goaltender Jake Allen got the starting nod for Game Two for Team Red and allowed three Team White goals in the first half of the game. Bolt prospect Dustin Tokarski entered the nets at the 9:42 mark of the second period for Team Red. Greg Nemisz scored what would be the game-winning goal against Tokarski with just under two minutes to go in the second period as Team White took a seemingly insurmountable 4-0 lead. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell assisted on the Nemisz goal to earn his first point of the three-game intrasquad series.

Just like the first scrimmage, Tokarksi would slam the door shut after allowing just one goal, while Team Red rallied behind two points each by Tyler Ennis and Chris Terry. In the end, Team Red would fall short allowing Team White to knot up the three-game scrimmage series with a 4-3 victory.

Tokarski Opens Strong at WJC Camp

Hockey Canada's Developmental Camp for the 2009 World Junior Championships opened Sunday with an intrasquad scrimmage between Team Red and Team White. Lightning 2008 draft pick and Memorial Cup winning goaltender Dustin Tokarski started the scrimmage for Team Red. Red was a 4-1 victor over White, with Tokarski giving up a penalty shot goal to John Tavares just 28 seconds into the game after Tokarski was whistled for a Delay of Game penalty. The penalty resulted in Tavares getting the penalty shot attempt.

After allowing the penalty shot, Tokarski clamped down on Team White, stopping all of the other 9 shots he faced in the 1st period and 4 more in the 2nd before yielding the nets to Jake Allen mid-way through the game. Together, Tokarski and Allen saved 22 of 23 Team White shots as Red got goals from Luke Schenn, Nazem Kadri, Chris DiDomenico, and Jamie Benn behind 39 shots on Chet Pickard and Tyson Sexsmith.

Lightning 2007 2nd round pick Dana Tyrell is on the Team White roster but did not figure into the box score.

Canada's Development Camp resumes with another Red-White scrimmage Monday night at 6pm ET at the University of Ottawa.

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