Slovakia, Finland and Russia were the winners on day one of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championships in Edmonton, Alberta.
Sabres prospect JJ Peterka was one of just nine forwards in the lineup for Germany on Friday night, part of a depleted German team thanks to COVID-19 and quarantine requirements. Despite having a short bench, Germany did their best to keep up with a tough Finnish team. Peterka finished the game with one assist and three shots in 23:49.
Ryan Johnson also dressed for the United States and played on the third defensive pairing.
Good read by Johnson from the left point (:20) to thread the pass low and set up the Brink opportunity pic.twitter.com/o8aGaJIUeA— Kris Baker (@SabresProspects) December 26, 2020
Slovakia goal: Roman Faith
Simon Latkoczy (W): 28-save shutout
Thibault Fatton: 31 saves on 32 shots
Finland goals: Anton Lundell, Topi Niemela, Mikael Pyyhtia, Henri Nikkanen, Aku Raty
Germany goals: Tim Stutzle, Samuel Dube, Florian Elias
Kari Piiroinen (W): 19 saves on 22 shots
Arno Tiefensee: 45 saves on 50 shots
Russia goals: Vasiliy Ponomarev (3), Zakhar Bardakov, Yegor Chinakhov
United States goals: Cam York, John Farinacci, Trevor Zegras
Yaroslav Askarov (W): 23 saves on 26 shots
Spencer Knight: 8 saves on 12 shots
Dustin Wolf: 11 saves on 11 shots
Group A Standings:
1. Finland (1-0)
2. Slovakia (1-0)
3. Switzerland (0-1)
4. Germany (0-1)
5. Canada (0-0)
Group B Standings:
1. Russia (1-0)
2. United States (0-1)
3. Sweden (0-0)
4. Czech Republic (0-0)
5. Austria (0-0)
Sweden vs. Czech Republic, 2 pm
Germany vs. Canada, 6 pm (JJ Peterka, Dylan Cozens, Jack Quinn)
United States vs. Austria, 9:30 pm (Ryan Johnson)
All televised on NHL Network in U.S. and TSN in Canada.