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Day 2 action continued with the matchup between two true hockey countries. HV71, reigning champions of Swedish junior SuperElit, made their debut at the tournament as they faced last year’s bronze medalists Ocelari Trinec from Czech Republic.
In 2017 the Czechs brought a team focused on defense as they waited for their chances to counter-attack. It was part of the reason they made it to the semifinal round and then beat Snezhnye Barsy Astana in the bronze medal game. This year it is once again Vlastimil Wojnar who coaches Trinec and his game plan was just what the Swedes needed to set up their offense with constant pressure. HV71 scored the first goal of the game. Anton Svensson skated to Radek Ochman’s net and shot it straight at him. However, Svensson stayed alert and scored on the rebound to make it 1-0. Jönköping continued to have control over the situation and showed great physical conditions – at times Czech defensemen just couldn’t keep up with their pace. Nevertheless, HV71 were up only 1-0 as the teams headed to the dressing-rooms for the first intermission.
2nd period of play began with teams trading powerplay opportunities. And while Jönköping were spending the entire man-advantage in the offensive end, Trinec had a hard time creating scoring chances. Midway through the period the game got a bit chippy but there were still a lot of penalties. The Swedes converted on a powerplay to double their lead. Lukas Isaksson skated to the area behind the net, made a discreet pass to Max Wennlund and the latter did not miss the wide open net. In the very next shift Anton Svensson scored his second of the night and just a few seconds after that Joakim Stjern-Svensson scored off an unbelievable solo dash to make it 4-0 HV71. Ocelari got their cold shower and showed no signs of recovery, getting a bench minor for too many men on the ice to make it even worse. Jönköping felt their advantage and Anton Heikkinen sent it past Radek Ochman to convert on the powerplay.
Early in the 3rd stanza Jan Kalus got in on a breakaway with Viktor Östman, failed to score but drew a penalty. As the Swedes got their fifth man back out on the ice, a split second later Ocelari passed it to Jakub Michalek who had no trouble sifting it through Östman and thus scoring Trinec’s first goal at the 2018 Junior Club World Cup. However, HV71 were quick to restore the 5-goal margin. The Swedes got a 4-on-3 powerplay and Wennlund scored his second of the night off a great passing play. 51 minutes in HV71 netted a shorthanded marker. Ebbe Fjellström won the draw in the offensive end, centered it for Svensson and he completed his hat-trick. Trinec answered with Dan Przybyla’s marker as the forward was left all alone in the slot. Late in regulation a brawl broke out but linesmen were quick to settle it.
HV71 win 7-2 and soared to the top of Group B along with Red Bull Salzburg.
“We knew that HV71 was going to be a tough opponent. We played decent hockey in the first period and made only one big mistake, which led to a goal,” said Ocelari Trinec head-coach Vlastimil Wojnar. “2nd period was the key moment of the game. Our players forgot about the game plan. We allowed several goals because of that. Our leaders joined our team just recently and they didn’t play up to their full potential. We are going to talk to them tomorrow. We expect much more from them. We face Davos in our next game. I didn’t see their game against Red Bull. I will analyze the tape and develop a special tactic against them. I didn’t swap my goaltenders because none of the goals were his fault. He played alright so I didn’t even think about benching him.”
“We were nervous in the first minutes of the game,” admitted HV71 head-coach Jonas Holmström. “We did well on the powerplay tonight. Our powerplay goals were the key factor. We face Red Bull in our next game. They have a lot of skilled players. Salzburg has a great academy and their alumni are of a high level. I watched two periods of their game, so I wasn’t surprised to see them score nine goals on Davos. We have one day to get ready. We’re going to practice a lot. Our players need to sleep more and drink more water. We are not used to Sochi’s hot climate.”
“We gained more confidence with every period in the game against Trinec, we put some great pressure on their defense and created a lot of scoring chances,” shared HV71 forward Max Wennlund. “We did especially well on the powerplay. I have Elitserien experience with HV71 professional team. The players are older and everything is a bit faster in that league. They position themselves better on the ice, they’re bigger, stronger and make more accurate passes. It was a great experience, which I put in use at the World Cup. Hopefully, HV71 coaches will notice me and will give me more chances to play in the league.”
2018 Junior Club World Cup.
August 19th. Sochi, Russia
Shayba Ice Arena
Round Robin. Group В
HV71 (Sweden) – Ocelari Trinec (Czech Republic) – 7-2 (1-0, 4-0, 2-2)
1-0 – Svensson (Unassisted)
2-0 – Wennlund (Isaksson) PPG
3-0 – Svensson (Grönhagen, Holmberg)
4-0 – Stjern-Svensson (Holmberg)
5-0 – Heikkinen (Wennlund) PPG
5-1 – Michalek (Przybyla)
6-1 – Wennlund (Isaksson, Heikkinen) PPG
7-1 – Svensson (Fjellström) SHG
7-2 – Przybyla (Indrst, Маch)
Goaltenders: Östman - Ochman