WJC Round-Up: USA & Czech Republic Both Stumble in Game 2
Kailer Yamamoto (USA) and Filip Kral (CZE) both experienced their first losses of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship on Wednesday in Buffalo, N.Y. Yamamoto and the Americans fell to Slovakia, 3-2, while Kral and the Czechs lost to Sweden, 3-1.
Kral and the Czech Republic showed flashes against the Swedes but only managed one goal scored on 25 shots. Kral finished with 1 shot on goal, 2 PIM and a -1 rating.
Yamamoto and the Americans suffered a disappointing loss to Team Slovakia a day before facing Team Canada in the first ever WJC outdoor game, set to take place on Thursday afternoon. Team USA outshot Slovakia 45-25, but couldn’t get the goals needed to stave off the upset. Yamamoto finished with 5 shots on goal and a +1 rating.
Kral and the Czechs are off until Saturday, when they’ll face Belarus at 9 a.m. PT. Yamamoto and the Americans take on Canada on Thursday at noon PT.