20240519 - IIHF

MONTREAL – It's a long holiday weekend for Habs fans in Montreal, but Canadiens players and prospects were busy at work on Sunday in Prague and Ostrava.

Four of the five members of the organization present at the 2024 IIHF World Championship hit the ice on day 10 of the tournament.

Here’s a recap of the action:


After a slow start in Prague, Habs prospect Vinzenz Rohrer and Austria cruised to a 4-1 win against Norway in one of two decisive results to start the day. With the win, Austria not only keeps its quarterfinal round hopes alive with one game remaining, but also avoids relegation. Rohrer had 11:52 of ice time, finishing the contest with a shot on goal and a plus-1 differential.


At the same time in Ostrava, Cole Caufield and the Americans made quick work of Kazakhstan in a 10-1 win. Two days removed from a Player of the Game performance against Poland, this time the Habs forward was held off the scoresheet, registering two shots on goal over 13:20 of ice time.


Later in the day in Prague, Kaiden Guhle’s Team Canada scored three times on the power play to defeat Switzerland 3-2 and keep hold of first place in Group A. Guhle had 19:42 of ice time in the win—third-most among the undefeated Canadians—and registered a shot on goal.


Ending things in Ostrava, Juraj Slafkovsky looked to have an assist on the game-winning goal after he set up Peter Cehlarik with a nifty show of patience to make it 2-1 Slovakia with 1:44 remaining in regulation.

P3 58:16 Cehlarik (Slafkovsky, Hrivik)

But Oskars Cibulskis replied for Latvia 24 seconds later to force overtime and then a shootout.

The Habs forward was the only Slovak to score in the shootout while Dans Locmelis tallied twice to give Latvia the win to stay alive.

SO R2 Slafkovsky

What’s next?

Only one game featuring a member of the Canadiens organization is on the schedule for Monday. The only player not in action on Sunday, Finland’s Oliver Kapanen, will face Denmark at 2:20 p.m. ET (TSN1, RDS) on the penultimate day of preliminary round action.

Cover photo: Matt Zambonin/IIHF

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