Filip Lestan celebrates his goal against Belarus (via IIHF/Vimeo)
Slovakia opened their 2016 World Junior Championship with a victory over Belarus in a game that had a strange finish, while Denmark squeaked by Switzerland in a game that could have relegation implications.
A look at the second day of the 2016 World Junior Championship.
Slovakia 4, Belarus 2
Belarus lost its second game of the tournament and the competition is only two days old. In consecutive losses, the Belarusian squad has been outscored 10-2 and are now likely to face relegation. Slovakia opened the tournament with a win and got two points from Juraj Siska, including a bizarre awarded goal after Belarusian netminder Ivan Kulbakov attempted to hop onto the ice to stop an empty-net attempt.
Denmark 2, Switzerland 1
Noah Rod opened the scoring for the shorthanded Swiss, who were missing three players to suspension, but the wheels came off in the third frame. Denmark found the back of the net twice in the first seven minutes of the third period with Mathias From notching the eventual game-winning goal. Danish goaltender Thomas Lillie wasn’t tested often but only let one of 23 shots get by him.
Sunday’s Three Stars
1. Juraj Siska, Slovakia
One goal and one assist to help the Slovaks open the tournament with a victory.
2. Mathias From, Denmark
From’s third-period goal put the Danes on top for good against the Swiss and it could very well mean another year of relegation play for Switzerland.
3. Ivan Kulbakov, Belarus
Injury aside, Kulbakov’s 35 saves kept the score close enough that Belarus nearly snuck away with a victory.
Monday, December 28
Slovakia (1-0-0) vs. Czech Republic (0-0-1), 7 a.m. ET
Sweden (1-0-0) vs. U.S.A. (1-0-0), 9 a.m. ET
Russia (1-0-0) vs. Finland (1-0-0), 11 a.m. ET
Canada (0-1-0) vs. Denmark (1-0-0), 1 p.m. ET