Spokane Chiefs Ty Smith and Lukáš Pařík both continued their World Junior Championship experience on Thursday, with Smith and the Canadians advancing out of the quarterfinal round with a 6-1 win over Slovakia. Pařík and the Czech Republic’s tournament came to a close with a 5-0 loss to Sweden.
CAN 6, SVK 1 — Box Score
Smith finished +1 with 2 shots on goal as the Canadians controlled play against Slovakia, scoring 6:47 into the first and never looking back. Canada led 1-0 after one and 5-0 after two, ultimately outshooting Slovakia 44-18 in the game. Smith finished with 16:40 TOI, down from his average of over 19 minutes, as Canada rotated shifts evenly late.
Canada advances to the semifinals, where they will face Finland on Saturday morning. Finland dispatched the Americans on Thursday, 1-0.
CZE 0, SWE 5 — Box Score
Pařík’s Czech squad couldn’t muster any offense in a 5-0 loss to powerhouse Sweden, ending their tournament in the quarterfinals. Pařík was not dressed after leaving Tuesday’s game versus Canada with an injury. He did, however, participate in the Czech’s morning skate on Thursday morning.
CAN vs. FIN – Jan. 4