WJC roundup: Czech Republic advances to quarterfinals


Thursday is the seventh day of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, which is being held at Rogers Place in Edmonton.


Day 7 games

Czech Republic 7, Austria 0: Nick Malik (2021 draft eligible) made 15 saves to help the Czech Republic earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
Martin Lang (2021 draft eligible) scored two goals and an assist, Simon Kubicek (2021 draft eligible) and Pavel Novak (Minnesota Wild) each scored a goal and an assist, and Filip Prikryl (2021 draft eligible), David Jiricek (2022 draft eligible) and Jan Mysak (Montreal Canadiens) each scored a goal.

Czech Republic (2-0-0-2, six points) finished fourth in Group B, and will play the first-place team in Group A, either Finland or Canada, which play later Thursday.

Sebastian Wraneschitz (2021 draft eligible) made 54 saves for Austria (0-0-0-4, zero points). He faced 194 shots in three games, including at least 60 in each.

Austria, which was playing in the WJC for the first time since 2010, was outscored 29-1 in its four games.

Forward Marco Rossi, selected by the Wild with the No. 9 pick of the 2020 NHL Draft, did not have a point in four games.

Kubicek, a defenseman who plays for Seattle in the Western Hockey League, made it 1-0 at 6:21 of the second period when his low shot bounced over Wranechitz’s glove.

Lang scored from the left side to make it 2-0 at 12:05, and his one-timer from just inside the blue line made it 3-0 at 18:11. Prikryl gave the Czech Republic a 4-0 lead with a shot from in front with 33 seconds remaining in the period.

Novak scored through a screen from the left side at 1:39 of the third period to make it 5-0, Jiricek scored at 16:45 for a 6-0 lead and Mysak, the Czech Republic captain, scored with 26 seconds remaining to make it 7-0.


On tap

All games on NHL Network in U.S., TSN and RDS in Canada

Canada vs. Finland (6 p.m. ET): The winner will finish first in Group A. Canada (3-0-0-0, nine points) forward Quinton Byfield (Los Angeles Kings) will be looking to build on his six-point game (two goals, four assists) in a 10-0 win against Switzerland on Tuesday. Finland (3-0-0-0, nine points) is led by top-line center Anton Lundell (Florida Panthers), who has scored six points (three goals, three assists) in three games and has won a tournament-best 77.8 percent of his face-offs (42 of 54).

Sweden vs. United States (9:30 p.m. ET): Sweden (2-0-1-0, seven points) had its 54-game, preliminary-round winning streak end against Russia on Wednesday but can finish first in Group B with a win in regulation against the United States (2-0-0-1, six points). The United States would finish second in Group B with a win. U.S. forward Trevor Zegras (Anaheim Ducks) has scored 10 points (five goals, five assists) in three games, tied for the tournament lead with Germany forwards Tim Stuetzle (Ottawa Senators; five goals, five assists) and John-James Peterka (Buffalo Sabres; four goals, six assists).

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