Another day, more games for the 2017 World Junior Championships. December 29th brought some interesting storylines and every Bruins player was playing, the first time that has happened during the tournament so far.
Daniel Vladar (CZE)
After being the backup goaltender for the first three games of this rookie showcase, Daniel Vladar finally was given a chance against Denmark, a team who has quickly become a fan favorite throughout three days. The six-foot-five Bruins prospect faced 22 shots upon him, but was only able to prevent 19 of them from crossing the red goaline. Vladar finished the game with a 3-2 loss in overtime to Denmark and he finished with a GAA of three and a save percentage of .863.
Jakub Zboril (CZE)
Jakub Zboril came into the third game for Czech Republic, but this time, he had a teammate from the Bruins who would be in between the posts. Zboril wasn’t able to produce a point in the effort, but he did play on the ice for over 20 minutes. Zboril still has three points in three games now and has a combined +1 rating.
Charlie McAvoy (USA)
Charlie McAvoy continued the point streak that he created back on Wednesday. He didn’t score a goal, but the Long Beach, New York native did assist on Colin White’s goal which gave USA the 2-1 lead. One thing to note, McAvoy had two penalties in the contest. One was for interference in the second period and the second one was for slashing also in the second frame. Throughout the contest, Charlie had a total time on ice of 20:22.
Ryan Lindgren (USA)
Charlie McAvoy seems to be taking away the spotlight of fellow Bruins prospect Ryan Lindgren on Team USA because Lindgren is still off of the scoresheet, even though he is playing 20+ minutes on most nights. Tonight however, the 2016, 49th overall selection by the black and gold only played 16:47 against Russia, but he was on the ice for an American goal, raising his plus/minus to a +2 rating. McAvoy and Lindgren helped the States defeat Russia 3-2 and remain undefeated.
Jeremy Lauzon (CAN)
The final player to play on Thursday was Canada’s Jeremy Lauzon. Canada played Latvia and managed to score into the double digits. Canada won the game dominately, 10-2 the final score. Canada also took the shot department 35-25. Lauzon however, only play roughly 10 minutes which isn’t as much time as Charlie McAvoy or Ryan Lindgren and a big reasoning to that because Lauzon is considered as a seventh man.
After Canada beat Latvia, Denmark surprised Czech Republic, and USA outlasted Russia, Sweden won its 39th consecutive group stage win at the World Junior Championships against Finland who has lost all three games in the tournament.