2019 IIHF World Junior Championship

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2019 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #13
Preliminary
Final
December 29, 2018 5:00 pm PST
Rogers Arena
Vancouver, B.C.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
F
Teams
1
2
3
F
3
1
1
5
1
0
0
1

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
14
6
10
30
8
6
10
24

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
2 / 4
6
0 / 2
30

Game Story

CANADA SPREADS AROUND OFFENCE, DOWNS CZECHS

JASON LA ROSE

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Morgan Frost (Aurora, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) led the way with a goal and an assist, and five different players found the back of the net to help Canada’s National Junior Team upend the Czech Republic 5-1 on Saturday night at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Michael DiPietro (Amherstburg, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) was rock solid in a 23-save performance between the pipes, backstopping Canada to its third-consecutive win in front of 17,012 red-and-white-clad fans at Rogers Arena.

“As the games go on, my confidence keeps building,” DiPietro said. “You get more comfortable playing in front of a bigger crowd, and I think our game is really building, so it’s a positive.”

Jack Studnicka (Tecumseh, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) and Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta./Spokane, WHL) joined Frost as multi-point scorers, recording a pair of assists apiece. In total, 12 players had at least a point in the win.

The scoring started early, and it was the captain doing the honours; a shot from Maxime Comtois (Longueuil, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) bounced off the backside of a Czech player and past goaltender Jiri Patera just 6:03 in.

Ondrej Machala answered only 37 seconds later, finishing off a two-on-one with Jan Jenik to tie the game, but the rest of the first period belonged to the Canadians.

Brett Leason (Calgary, Alta./Prince Albert, WHL) restored the lead at 11:32, redirecting a shot from Smith past Patera for a power-play goal, and Alexis Lafrenière (Saint-Eustache, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL) lasered home a one-timer at 16:39 to send Canada to the intermission up by a pair.

DiPietro made his best saves in the second period, denying Machala and Jenik on back-to-back point-blank chances early in the middle frame.

MacKenzie Entwistle (Georgetown, Ont./Hamilton, OHL) made it three goals in three games just shy of the 15-minute mark, going short-side past the glove of Patera to make it a 4-1 game after 40 minutes.

“I’m building some chemistry with my linemates,” Entwistle said. “Joe [Veleno] and Jack [Studnicka] had a big game for us tonight, and it’s making it fun to play with them. It was nice to get that goal, and it was a good team win tonight.”

Patera would be done after two periods, replaced by Jakub Skarek after allowing four goals on 20 shots.

The Canadian power play went to work again to finish the scoring in the third; Nick Suzuki (London, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL) found Frost with a back-door feed, and he buried his fourth goal and tournament-leading seventh point.

After a day off Sunday, Canada closes out the preliminary round on Monday night (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), facing Russia in a New Year’s Eve showdown that could decide first place in Group A.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Maxime Comtois

Assists: Owen Tippett, Markus Phillips
06:03
GOAL
Goal: Ondrej Machala

Assists: Jan Jenik
06:40
PENALTY
Penalty: Martin Kaut (Served by Filip Zadina)
Boarding (2:00)
10:33
PENALTY
Penalty: Martin Kaut
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
10:33
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Brett Leason

Assists: Ty Smith, Morgan Frost
11:32
GOAL
Goal: Alexis Lafrenière

Assists: Jack Studnicka, Josh Brook
16:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Maxime Comtois
Roughing (2:00)
17:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Martin Necas
Roughing (2:00)
17:13
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Markus Phillips
Hooking (2:00)
07:39
GOAL
Goal: MacKenzie Entwistle

Assists: Joe Veleno, Jack Studnicka
14:41
PENALTY
Penalty: Ian Mitchell
Kneeing (2:00)
15:41
3rd Period
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Jakub Skarek

00:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Jan Kern
Elbowing (2:00)
01:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Martin Necas (Served by Jakub Lauko)
Checking from Behind (2:00)
08:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Martin Necas
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
08:52
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Morgan Frost

Assists: Nick Suzuki, Ty Smith
09:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Jachym Kondelik
Delay of Game (2:00)
13:54

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Michael DiPietro CAN 60 24 23 1 0.958
Jiri Patera CZE 40 20 16 4 0.800
Jakub Skarek CZE 20 10 9 1 0.900

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - PTS 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - PTS 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - PTS 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - PTS 2

Previous Games

1 - 2 L v FinlandFIN
Jan 2, 2019
1 - 3 L @ United StatesUSA
Jan 2, 2019
1 - 2 L v RussiaRUS
Dec 31, 2018
4 - 0 W v DenmarkDEN
Dec 31, 2018
5 - 1 W @ Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 29, 2018
1 - 5 L v CanadaCAN
Dec 29, 2018
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