Three days away from the opening of the U20 World Junior Championships and exhibition tune up games are well underway. Slovakia defeated Belarus today 5-3 in their second tune up match in Sweden. Both defenseman Vladimir Mihalik and left wing Marek Bartanus were scoreless in the match for Slovakia. Mihalik played on the team's first pairing and received 6 minutes in penalties in the matchup. Bartanus played on Slovakia's second line and had 6 penalty minutes as well. Both players were involved in an ugly scrum in the middle of the third period which led to double roughing minors for each.
Bartanus had Slovakia's only goal in their 4-1 exhibition loss to Finland on Friday.
Kevin Beech stopped 27 of 28 shots for the win in Sudbury's 5-1 victory over Peterborough. Beech is now 14-12-1-2 with a 3.12 GAA and has pulled his save percentage up to .899 for the season.
Marek Bartanus is still with Team Slovakia preparing for the WJCs as Windsor clipped Owen Sound 4-3 in overtime.
Dane Crowley was out of the lineup today for Swift Current as the Broncos fell to Saskatton 5-4 in a shootout.
Vladimir Mihalik is still with Team Slovakia preparing for the WJCs as Prince George trails Kamloops 3-1 in the second period.
Chris Lawrence had 1 goal and 1 assist in Mississauga's 5-3 win over his former team, Sault Ste Marie.
Kevin Beech stopped 29 of 30 shots faced in Sudbury's 4-1 win over Brampton.
Marek Bartanus was a scratch in Owen Sound's 4-2 loss to Sarnia.
Dane Crowley had a power play assist and 4 penalty minutes as Swift Current lost to Saskatoon 3-2.
Vladimir Mihalik was a scratch as Prince George dropped to Kamloops 3-1.
Both Bartanus and Mihalik are preparing with Team Slovakia for the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships which are set to begin the day after Christmas in Sweden.
Marek Bartanus was scoreless in Owen Sound's 2-1 shootout loss to Barrie. Since a 4 assist night against Oshawa on November 3rd which at the time marked the high point of Bartanus' season, the Slovakian winger has had just 1 goal and 2 points in his last 15 games. Bartanus is also -8 during that span and has not been a plus player in any of those 15 games.
Dane Crowley had a power play assist and 4 penalty minutes as Swift Current defeated Lethbridge 4-3 in a shootout to cap another come from behind victory. Crowley was also on the ice for the final shift of regulation where the Broncos scored with just 9 seconds left to force overtime and, eventually, the penalty shot session.
Marek Bartanus was scoreless in Owen Sound's 3-2 shootout win against Guelph. Bartanus was also unsuccessful as the Attack's sixth shooter in the penalty shot session.
Dane Crowley assisted on the game tying goal with 7 second left in regulation and then scored the overtime winning goal to lift Swift Current to a 2-1 victory over Brandon. He was named third star of the game and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes. Crowley has 2 goals and 6 points in 6 games this month.