2014 World Junior Championship: Slovakia, Finland Debut With Wins On Slow Day Two

Richard Wolowicz

A quick look at today's World Junior Championship action.

After an exciting start to the 2014 World Junior Championships on Boxing Day on Thursday, with all the big teams - Canada, the United States, Sweden and Russia - making their tournament debut, things were a little quieter on Friday, with only two games on the docket.

Slovakia - Germany

Dropping their first game of the tournament 7-2 at the hands of Team Canada, things only got worse for the Germans in their second game.

Slovakia jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period and never looked back, handing Germany a lopsided 9-2 defeat.

Montreal Canadiens prospect Martin Reway scored four points, as did his linemate David Griger. Marko Dano, a 1st round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Slovakia's top scorer at least year's tournament, chipped in with a goal and two assists.

2014 draft-eligible prospect Leon Draisaitl notched two assists for the Germans, but could not do enough to keep his team competitive. With games against the United States and the Czech Republic coming up, Germany will need a small miracle to escape the round robin with a win.

Finland - Norway

Much like Germany, Norway failed to find a better fate in their second match of the round robin.

Finland looked strong in their tournament debut, easily taking down Norway by a score of 5-1. Nashville Predators prospect Saku Mäenalanen led the way offensively, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Dallas Stars 2012 3rd rounder Esa Lindell, one of two Dallas prospects in this years WJCs, was held pointless, but registered two shots on net and finished with a +2 rating.

Finland will now look to carry today's momentum into their matchup tomorrow against their longtime arch rivals, the host Swedes. Norway, after falling 11-0 in their tournament opener to Russia, still have two games left in the round robin, but have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to come out with an upset.

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