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Arizona Draftees Prosper, Play Key Roles on Day One of WJC Tournament

Jenik nets game-winner, Hayton scores twice, Soderstrom assists in overtime

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

Coyotes prospects shone bright on the national stage Thursday in what was a thrilling opening day to the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Three of Arizona's seven draft selections playing in the tournament, stat-sheet speaking, had major impacts in their respective country's opening day victories.

Jan Jenik helped drive the Czech Republic to a stunning win over Russia on home soil when he scored the game-winning goal with just over two minutes remaining in the second period, depositing a blistering wrist shot from the heart of the slot.

The 19-year-old also assisted on the Czech's game opening goal to finish the game with two points (1G, 1A) in a 4-3 win in front of 8,693 at Ostravar Arena.

Barrett Hayton aided Canada's comeback effort over USA in a big way, scoring two goals - one in the second period and another in the third period.

Both of Hayton's tallies came on the power play, each of which were set up by teammate Alexis LaFreniere. His first came on a one-time drive from the top of the right circle, high to the short side to tie the game, 2-2, and his second to give Canada a 4-2 lead in the third as he leaned into a drop feed while trailing a rush.

Victor Soderstrom pushed play up the ice to spring the eventual overtime game-winning goal in Sweden's 3-2 victory over Finland, retrieving the puck behind the net and finding Jonatan Berggren in the neutral zone with a stretch pass, which led to Alexander Holtz's ensuing goal.

Valentin Nussbaumer registered an assist in Switzerland's 5-3 win over Kazakhstan. Ty Emberson took 30 shifts and totaled 16:13 TOI in USA's 6-4 loss to Canada. Matias Maccelli registered two shots on goal in Finland's 3-2 overtime loss to Sweden, his teammate and fellow Coyotes prospect Aku Raty finished the day with 12:19 TOI.

Lead Photo Credit [Jan Jenik]: Andrea Cardin - HHOF IIHF Images // Footer Photo Credit [Barrett Hayton, Canada Bench]: Andrea Cardin - HHOF IIHF Images // GIF Highlight Footage: TSN Sports, TSN4, IIHF Hockey

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