Finland was more than game tonight against tournament favorite USA going down in a narrow defeat 6-5 to fall to 0-2 on the tournament. Finland roared back from a 6-3 deficit in the 3rd period to get the game within striking distance before failing to get the tying goal with the extra attacker on. Prospect Karri Ramo made his first appearance of the tournament facing a 43 shot barrage and making 37 saves in the contest.
Despite the best efforts of Lightning prospect winger Stanislav Lascek, Team Slovakia fell to Russia 6-2 Wednesday night to fall to 1-1 on the tournament. Lascek tallied a goal and added a helper and now has 7 points in 2 games thus far. Fellow prospect Vladamir Mihalik was scoreless with 2 shots on goal and a -1 rating in the game.
Slovakia was successful in its tournament opener defeating lightweight Latvia 7-4. Lightning prospect winger Stanislav Lascek moved into a tie for the tournament lead in points notching a hat trick and adding two helpers while playing on the top line for Slovakia with his Chicoutimi teammate Marek Zagrapan. Fellow Lightning prospect Vladamir Mihalik helped the cause with an assist on a Juraj Gracik second period goal in his first U-20 World Junior Championship appearance.
In the night's other contest Switzerland squeaked by underdog Norway 2-0. Slovakia's next match is tomorrow night as they draw marquee Pens prospect Evgeni Malkin and the Russians. Also tomorrow, the much awaited contest between Finland and USA that will likely be goaltender Karri Ramo's tournament debut.
Team Canada defeated Swiss club team HC Davos today 4-2 in their second match of the Spengler Cup. Morgan Cey again played the role of the backup behind Andy Chiodo. Former Springfield Falcon Jean-Guy Trudel was named player of the match for Team Canada.