Team USA scored 5 unanswered goals before surrendering a 3 spot in garbage time but still cruising to a 5-3 win over Team Finland in both teams' final game of the round robin at the U20 World Junior Championships.
Lightning prospect netminder Riku Helenius allowed all 5 goals on 20 shots before being pulled midway through the game for backup Harri Sateri who stopped 9 of 9 shots the rest of the way. Helenius drops to 2-1-0 on the tournament with a 3.11 GAA, 1 shutout, and .873 save percentage.
Finland faces the hard test of a quarterfinal matchup with Team Canada on Wednesday to try to keep their medal hopes alive.
Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in regulation and overtime before defeating Switzerland in the penalty shot session to even Finland's record at 1-1 in the U20 World Junior Championships.
NHL Network to televise 2008 World Junior Championships
Dec 19, 2007
New York, NY -- NHL Network, the first national network dedicated entirely to hockey, today announced it has secured the exclusive U.S. rights to the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Pardubice and Liberec, Czech Republic, Dec. 26, 2007 â€“ Jan. 5, 2008. The upcoming tournament marks the first time the World Junior Championship will be telecast live on NHL Network in the United States. NHL Network in the U.S. will televise live coverage of the entire medal round of the 2008 World Junior Championship, including both quarterfinal games, both semifinal contests, the bronze-medal game and the gold-medal game. All games will be televised in HD and will receive at least one primetime re-air on the network.
Slovakia finished their 2007 World Junior Championships experience with a win - their first and only win of the tournament - when they crushed Belarus today 9-0 in the final game of the relegation round. Slovakia finished 0-4 in round robin play and had lost to Switzerland earlier this week in their first relegation round game.
Bartanus, a winger, finished the round robin and relegation rounds tied for third in team scoring with a goal and two assists. He also had a minus-one rating, eight penalty minutes, and 11 shots on goal.
Mihalik, a defenseman, registered one goal, six shots, four penalty minutes, and tied for the team lead with a plus-one rating.
A miserable tournament got even worse for Team Slovakia today. After finishing the round robin portion of the U20 World Junior Championships 0-4, Slovakia fell to Switzerland 2-1 today in their first match of the relegation round. Lightning prospect Marek Bartanus had a secondary assist on the lone Slovakian goal and had 2 penalty minutes and 3 shots on goal. Defenseman Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless in the game.
Slovakia finished a U20 World Junior Championships round robin it would likely forget today by dropping its final game to Canadia 3-0. Slovakia fell to 0-4 in the tournament and now moves into the relegation round. Vladimir Mihalik was even with 2 shots on goal and 2 penalty minutes in the game. Marek Bartanus was even with a team leading 5 shots on goal and 2 penalty minutes.
Team USA effectively stomped the life out of Slovakia's WJC hopes today defeating them 6-1 today in round robin play in Sweden. Vladimir Mihalik was -1 with 1 shot on goal in the game. Marek Bartanus was -2 with 2 penalty minutes in the game. The road gets worse for Slovakia as tomorrow they square off with defending tournament champion Canada in their final game of the round robin.
Slovakia allowed three unanswered third period goals today falling to Sweden 6-3. Lightning prospect Vladimir Mihalik had 1 goal in the game and was +1 with 1 shot on goal. Marek Bartanus was scoreless with no shots on goal in the loss. Now at 0-2, Slovakia's medal round chances are on life support heading into a matchup Saturday against Team USA. The Americans were mentioned among the pre-tournament favorites but have also fallen to 0-2 early in the tournament and will be just as desperate as the Slovaks to get a victory to try and salvage their medal round hopes.
Germany continued their great start to the U20 WJC's today knocking off Slovakia 4-2 after defeating Team USA less than 24 hours prior. Lightning prospect Marek Bartanus registered an assist on the Slovak's second goal. Counting Slovakia's two exhibition tune ups Bartanus now has 1 goal and 2 points in 3 games since heading over to Sweden for the tournament. Bartanus has assumed a regular spot on Slovakia's second line thus far. Bartanus was even with 3 shots on goal in the game. 2005 first round pick Vladimir Mihalik was -1 with 1 shot on goal in the game.