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World Championships Game Day: Day One

Group A
Slovakia 2 vs. Czech Republic 3
Richard Panik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Jaroslav Janus, Slovakia, DNP
Tournament totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Richard Panik was scoreless in 16:56 in Slovakia's 3-2 loss to Czech Republic. Jaroslav Janus sat backup to Jan Laco in the loss. Devils forward Jaromir Jagr had a goal in the win.

Group B
Switzerland 0 vs. Russia 5
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Andrei Vasilevskiy sat backup for Sergei Bobrovsky's 27 save shutout of Switzerland in Russia's World Championships opener. Russian captain Alexander Ovechkin had a pair of helpers in the win. Former Lightning signee Retu Suri was scoreless in 14:56 in defeat.

Belarus 1 vs. USA 6
Tyler Johnson, USA, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM

Dmitry Korobov, Belarus, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

Tyler Johnson had 2 power play helpers as Team USA wrecked Belarus 6-1. Johnson played 16:26 in the game and was also 59% on draws. Dmitry Korobov played 20:03 and was -2 in defeat. Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba had a pair of goals in the win for the Americans.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-7-14

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 10 @ North Bay Battalion 1
Storm lead best-of-7 OHL Finals, 3-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 21 GP, 4-6-10, +3, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Guelph picked up where they left off in the last minute of Game 3, scoring early and often in Game 4 en route to a whopping, 10-1 win. All three Finals games prior to Wednesday were one-goal games. The Storm scored three times in the first period in Game 4, five times in the second, and twice in the third. Guelph can close out the championship series on Friday at home.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-6-14

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 4 @ North Bay Battalion 3
Storm lead best-of-7 OHL Finals, 2-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 20 GP, 4-6-10, +5, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

This one will hurt for North Bay. Blujus’ goal at 9:03 of the third period gave North Bay a 3-2 lead, but a funny thing happened on the way to North Bay’s series lead – the Storm scored twice in the final 30 seconds of regulation to steal the game and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 OHL Finals. Zack Mitchell scored at 19:30 to tie the game with the goalie pulled, then Brock McGinn scored the winner with 11 seconds left. Blujus was on the ice for the 6-on-5 goal, but was off for the game winner. He was named first star for the game. Game 4 is Wednesday night.

Bolts Ink Goalie Prospect Vasilevskii

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskii to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Vasilevskii, 6-foot-3, 203 pounds, played in 28 games with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League this season, posting a 14-8 record with three shutouts, a 2.21 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He led all Ufa goaltenders for games played, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. Vasilevskii also led his team to the semi-finals of the KHL playoffs in 2014, posting a 9-9 record with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage with one shutout. He ranked tied for fourth in the KHL during the playoffs for save percentage and eighth for goals-against average.

The native of Tyumen, Russia made his KHL debut last season, playing in eight games for Salavat Yulaev. He went 4-1 with a 2.22 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. In all, Vasilevskii has appeared in 36 KHL games, with an 18-9 record, a 2.21 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage with four shutouts. Prior to joining Salavat Yulaev, he played for their junior team, Tolpar Ufa, in the MHL.

Vasilevskii has shined on the international stage with Russia, appearing in each of the previous three IIHF U-20 World Junior Championships. He won the Silver Medal in 2012 as well as Bronze Medals in 2014 and 2013. Vasilevskii was voted by participating coaches as one of Russia’s top three players in each of the tournaments he has played in. He also participated in the 2011 IIHF U-18 World Junior Championships where he won the Bronze Medal.

The 19-year-old was drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 19th overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-2-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 4 @ Guelph Storm 3 (OT)
Best-of-7 OHL Finals tied, 1-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 19 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

For the second straight game, the OHL Finals went to overtime, but this time North Bay came out on top, beating Guelph, 4-3, to even the series at one game apiece. North Bay outshot the league’s top team, 41-24, including 30-13 over the final three periods of play. Dylan Blujus had a power play assist for North Bay, cutting Guelph's early 2-0 lead to 2-1. Battalion captain Barclay Goodrow (free agent) scored the game winner. Game 3 is Tuesday in North Bay.

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