On day three of the resumed 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, all four New York Islanders‘ prospects were in action, and all four won their respective games. Here’s a quick news roundup on some NYI prospects.
Trio of Prospects Win in Shootout
Aatu Räty, Eetu Liukas, and Matias Rajaniemi of Team Finland won 4-3 in a shootout over Czechia. Finland is now 2-0 in the tournament.
The game was a close one. LA Kings prospect Kasper Simontaival scored the shootout-winning goal, which broke a 3-3 tie in the shootout and came after an overtime period that saw no whistles.
In regulation, Raty scored Finland’s third goal late in the third period. However, Montreal Canadiens prospect and Czechia captain Jan Mysak forced overtime with another late goal.
Here are the notable stat reads from all Islander prospects: Raty– one goal, one point, five shots, +1, 24:12 ice time, 30 shifts. Liukas – 1 shot, 9:14 minutes, 18 shifts. Rajaniemi – 1:57 minutes, 3 shifts.
Dufour, Canada, Defeat Slovakia
In the second World Juniors game on Thursday, Team Canada whooped Slovakia 11-1. Canada’s offense was working like a machine, and Isles prospect William Dufour was a solid cog in that machine. He didn’t do anything astonishing, he recorded the primary assist recorded on Canada’s 10th goal, and the secondary assist on Canada’s 11th.
Anaheim Ducks prospect Mason McTavish had four goals and six points, and rising superstar Connor Bedard had a goal and an assist as Canada beat Slovakia by nine.
Team Canada will play again on Saturday against Czechia at 1:00 p.m., and Team Finland will play Slovakia on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
You can watch the games on NHL Network in the United States or on TSN in Canada.