Spokane Chiefs Ty Smith and Lukáš Pařík each moved closer to the tournament rounds at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic on Monday. Smith and Team Canada took care of Germany, winning 4-1 in the early contest. Parik and the hosting Czechs forced overtime versus the Americans, earning a point in a 4-3 loss.
CZE 3, USA 4 (OT) — Box Score
Pařík earned his first start of the tournament and played well, turning away 39 of 43 shots faced to keep the Czechs in it enough to force overtime. In a back and forth affair, the Czech Republic trailed 1-0 before back-to-back goals from Libor Zabransky (Moose Jaw Warriors) to take a 2-1 lead. The U.S. scored twice in the 2nd to gain a 3-2 lead before the Czechs tied it up at 3-3 midway through the third. The Americans won the game on a perfect give-and-go play in the 3-on-3 overtime, with Pařík having little chance of stopping a one-timer from between the circles.
The OT loss puts the Czechs in good position to advance to the tournament round with a 1-0-1-1 record (4 points). They are currently the 3rd seed out of Group B, leading Germany and Russia (3 points) by one point with one game to play. The Czechs hold a tiebreaker over Russia but not Germany.
CAN 4, GER 1 — Box Score
Ty Smith finished plus-1 in over 19 minutes of ice time as the Canadians bounced back from their loss to Russia with a convincing victory over Germany. Canada led 3-0 into the third period and controlled throughout, outshooting the Germans 26-19.
The Canadians have clinched advancement to the tournament round with 6 points. They are currently 2nd in Group B, trailing Team USA by 2 points.
CAN vs. CZE – Dec. 31