Now that Matt Grzelcyk has been cut from the American squad at the World Junior Championship, keeping track of the Boston Bruins prospects playing there means just paying attention to Canada and Russia. They’re definitely putting on big shows, though.
Canada leaped from being in a 2-0 hole against Slovakia to taking a 6-3 win on Dec. 28. The biggest controversy of the game was definitely the huge hit by Anthony Camara on Patrik Luza near the start of the second period. Luza was injured and left the game on a stretcher, but though no on-ice officials signaled a penalty for the hit, Camara was given a five-minute major and a 20-minute game misconduct that ended his night early and sent him up to the press box with fellow suspended Canadian Boone Jenner. Later, Camara said that an on-ice official told him it was a clean, if very powerful, hit. He received no supplementary discipline from the IIHF. You can see the hit here and decide for yourself:
Interestingly, that hit served as a turning point for Camara’s teammates, who then exploded for five goals after Slovakia scored on the super-sized power play awarded from the hit. Morgan Rielly said as much to TSN.
“When Anthony Camara had his hit, I think it kind of was a TSN Turning Point, if you will…After that, I think our guys got going,” he said. Nice way to work in a mention of a TSN property, Rielly!
Malcolm Subban made 25 saves after looking a little shaky at the start of the game. He will probably get the nod again for Canada’s next game, the big one against America on Dec. 30 at 4:30 in the morning Eastern time.
On Dec. 29, Alexander Khokhlachev put up two assists on first-period goals–including one by team captain Nail Yakupov, whom I found to be somewhat of a puck-hog in the game against Team USA–to help Russia beat Germany 7-0. Khokhlachev hadn’t made any contributions in the game against America.
Poor Germany. In three games so far, they’ve only managed to score three goals. Their goal differential is an abysmal -21. At this point, I am certain that they will be relegated after this tournament. Norway recently won the chance to come up to the big time tournament in 2014 after a lower-level competition earlier this month.
As for Russia, they’ll play next on New Year’s Eve against Canada. That game starts at 9 a.m. Eastern.
The World Junior Championship continues through Jan. 5.