Junior World Cup: Filip Mesar sinks Latvia

Montreal Canadiens prospect Filip Mesar had two points, including a goal, as the Slovaks sent Latvia to the relegation round of the World Junior Hockey Championship by virtue of a 3-0 win Friday in Moncton.

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Mesar had two points, including a goal, as the Slovaks won 3-0 in Moncton. He was complicit in the success of Simon Nemec in the third period before scoring the third and last goal of the game with just under three minutes to go. Alex Ciernik had opened the scoring in the middle engagement.

After shining in a surprise 6-3 victory over the Americans, Adam Gajan had a 28-save shutout. His vis-à-vis Patriks Berzins, who played in all four games in the preliminary round, was once again effective, stopping 23 of the 25 pucks aimed at him.

Slovakia temporarily settles in second place and will face Switzerland on Saturday. In the event of a victory, they could finish at the top of Group B. However, it will be necessary to count on an American victory against Finland for this scenario to materialize.

Austrians join Latvians

In Halifax, the Austrians were defeated 4-2 by the Germans and will face Latvia in the relegation round.

The “Eagles” had above all to register a first goal, they who had been whitened from the score sheet in their first three duels of the preliminary phase. Ian Scherzer remedied this unfortunate situation midway through the second period, accepting the handover of the hope of CH Vinzenz Rohrer.

Jonas Dobnig also found the back of the net for Austria, but Germany’s lead held. They took a 3-0 lead through Philipp Krening, Leon Van Der Linde and Thomas Heigl.

Roman Kechter added before the end of the second period by scoring his second goal of the tournament. It was the only goal scored against Thomas Pfarrmaier, who had replaced Michael Sicher in goal ten minutes earlier.

The Germans will complete their preliminary phase by facing the Czech Republic on Saturday.


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