After a day’s break Junior Club World Cup action resumed on Tuesday. Davos faced Jokerit in Yekaterinburg, while MODO and Trinec battled for Group B third place in Verkhnyaya Pyshma.
Davos and Jokerit came out hard and went all out. The Swiss side looked like a better team early on. Eetu Makiniemi had to make a lot of saves even when Jokerit were on a powerplay – Davos were very active defensively and didn’t give their opposition an inch. Davos created a few good scoring chances and their second line had the best one – Ken Jäger hit the goal-post. As often is the case, momentum doesn’t mean much until it leads to a goal. And it was Jokerit who got the first one in the game – Oula Kuure netted one on a powerplay at 16-12.
In the second period Davos continued to have the advantage but still weren’t able to convert it into goals. As for Jokerit, they capitalized on another chance. Kuure picked up another point as this time he assisted on Ville-Valtteri Mustonen’s marker. The teams headed to the dressing-rooms for the second intermission as Jokerit established a 2-0 lead.
Nine minutes into the final frame Davos got a minor penalty, which led to another goal – 17-year-old Jesper Henriksson got the tally. The Swiss managed to get on the scoreboard five minutes later at even strength – Dominic Weder finally got one past Makiniemi. With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, Davos ensured a nerve-wrecking finish for Jokerit as Gian-Marco Wetter brought the game back within one. Flavio Allenspach went to the bench to give way to extra attacker but Davos couldn’t come back from trailing 3-0 for the second time. Despite the win, Jokerit still finished last in the group due to earlier loss to HK Riga.
2017 Junior Club World Cup
August 22nd, Yekaterinburg, CEC Uralets
Round Robin. Group А
Jokerit (Finland) – Davos (Switzerland) – 3-2 (1-0, 1-0, 1-2)
1-0 – Kuure (Аrrak, Hirvonen) – 16-12 PPG
2-0 – Мustonen (Кuure) – 27-50
3-0 – Henriksson (Аrrak) – 48-34 PPG
3-1 – Weder (Jäger) – 53-05
3-2 – Wetter (Unassisted) – 58-16
Goaltenders: Makiniemi - Allenspach
Shots on goal: 28-43
Penalty Minutes: 20-20
MODO and Trinec lost their games to Krasnaya Armiya and Snezhnye Barsy so they played for third spot in Group B. The Swedes looked better early on but Trinec survived the first few minutes, moved the game to the opposite end of the ice, forced MODO to take a penalty and converted on the ensuing powerplay – Filip Rufer got the marker. MODO were still shaken up when Trinec stroke again. Lukas Kaukic made a stretch pass to Filip Krzak, who wristed it top-shelf.
MODO coaching staff had to call time-out to calm their players. It worked for them as at 16-06 they got a goal back – Linus Est-Pettersson blasted it in from the blue line.
Not even a minute into the second frame MODO brought it all back to even. William Eriksson’s shot in the first period was off target but he did get what he wanted on his second attempt – this time he picked top corner with a wrist-shot. A minute later the Czechs got their lead back – Lukas Kaukic buried one on a counter-attack. Soon after that Trinec scored another one but this time the goal was disallowed because the puck was kicked into the net. Midway through the period the emotions were flying high and a brawl took place in MODO’s end of the ice. However, that changed nothing on the scoreboard – Trinec had a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.
They improved that lead to 4-2 early in the final stanza – Jan Kalus converted on a 2-man advantage. At 47-54 Matej Mach got the puck in the slot from Jonas Peterek and found the twine to make it 5-2 Trinec. Anton Gradin scored a powerplay goal late in regulation to set the final score at 5-3 and Trinec went on to finish third in Group B.
Thus Jokerit will play the winner of the game between Krasnaya Armiya and Snezhnye Barsy in the quarterfinal, while MODO will face top team of Group A and Trinec will go head-to-head with Group A second best team.
2017 Junior Club World Cup
August 22nd, Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Kozitsyn Ice Arena
Round Robin. Group В
MODO (Sweden) – Trinec (Czech Republic) – 3-5 (1-2, 1-1, 1-2)
0-1 – Rufer (Przibila) – 06-53 PPG
0-2 – Krzak (Kaukic) – 07-46
1-2 – Est-Pettersson (Muller) – 16-06 PPG
2-2 – Eriksson (Ostrom) – 20-31 PPG
2-3 – Каukic (Stuchlik) – 21-54
2-4 – Kalus (Маch, Kofron) – 40-57 PPG
2-5 – Mach (Peterek, Naisar) – 47:54
3-5 – Gradin (Aronsson, Muller) – 56-22 PPG
: Westergård - Loubal
Shots on goal: 20-37
Penalty Minutes: 55-16