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World Junior Hockey Championship - Day 2

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

The 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship continued in Montreal and Toronto on Saturday. Three Canadiens prospects hit the ice on the second day of the annual tournament. Here’s a look at their respective performances:

Sweden 5 – Denmark 1 – Air Canada Centre

Canadiens prospects invovled:
Sweden: Jacob De La Rose, C (Selected in the 2nd round, 34th overall in 2013)

Jacob De La Rose (Richard Wolowicz/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Jacob De La Rose paced Team Sweden to a 5-1 win over Denmark on Saturday afternoon in Toronto, scoring a goal and adding two assists, in addition to being named the Player of the Game for his country. The Swedish captain lit the lamp for a second straight game after scoring against the Czech Republic on Friday. De La Rose, who is currently a member of the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs, also finished the game with a plus-3 differential and two shots on goal.

Slovakia 2 – Finland 1 – Bell Centre

Canadiens prospects invovled:
Slovakia: Martin Reway, LW (Selected in the 4th round, 116th overall in 2013)
Finland: Artturi Lehkonen, LW (Selected in the 2nd Round, 55th overall in 2013)

Martin Reway (Richard Wolowicz/HHOF-IIHF Images)

The Slovaks produced the first upset of the tournament on Saturday, besting the defending champions from Finland 2-1 at the Bell Centre. Martin Reway picked up his first two points of the championship, registering assists on Slovakia’s goals, both of which came on the power play.

“I told the guys before the game – ‘It can’t be worse than Friday night [an 8-0 loss to Team Canada], we have to start from scratch and give 100 percent.’,” mentioned Reway. “That’s what we did and we’re happy with the win.” 

Slovakia’s netminder, Denis Godla, turned in a brilliant performance with 37 saves.

Artturi Lehkonen and the Finns simply couldn’t solve Godla throughout the tilt. 

“We had chances to pick up the win, but we weren’t completely ready for this game. You have to be 100 percent ready every time you go out there because every team is good. You can’t wait for the win to come to you,” offered Lehkonen. “We were just missing that finishing touch, that desire to put the puck in the net.”

Lehkonen finished the game with four shots on goal and two penalty minutes, while Reway chipped in with two shots on goal.

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