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Jets at the Worlds: Day 8

by Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) / Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets have five players participating in the 2016 IIHF World Championship, held in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. Check back throughout the tournament for daily updates, highlights and more as Mark Scheifele (Canada), Nikolaj Ehlers (Denmark), Marko Dano (Slovakia), Alexander Burmistrov (Russia) and Kyle Connor (USA) go on the hunt for
the gold.

The two top-ranked players for the upcoming NHL Draft are also taking part, with the consensus No. 1 Auston Matthews donning the red, white and blue, and Liiga playoff MVP Patrik Laine suiting up for Finland.

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Nick Foligno led the way with two goals and one assist, while goaltender Keith Kinkaid made seven saves as the US defeated Hungary 5-1 in St. Petersburg.

Hungary’s Istvan Sofron broke the shutout with 2:01 to play in the third period.

Jets forward Kyle Connor (undisclosed) did not dress. Connor, the 17th pick in the
2015 Draft, played just 8:43 the other night vs. France after missing the previous game with an upper-body injury.

Foligno opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 4:37 of the second period. After taking the pass from Chris Wideman – a beautiful, 90-foot stretch – the CBJ forward sped down the near side and ripped one over the shoulder of Hungary goalie Adam Vay.

Off the feed from Hudson Fasching, Vinnie Hinostroza extended the lead just 18 seconds later, firing a shot from the right circle past Vay for his first of the tournament. Dylan Larkin then put the Americans up by three, tucking the puck short side after bringing it wide with 5:48 to play
in the period.

Shots favoured the Americans 25-4 after two periods.

Foligno and Connor Murphy rounded out the scoring for the US with goals 3:13 apart in the final frame.


Auston Matthews (USA)
NHL Central Scouting's No.1-ranked prospect

Matthews did not record a point, but did have two shots, along with a 52.9% (9-8) performance in the faceoff circle in 16:36 of ice time.


Over in Group A, Nicklas Jensen scored once in regulation before netting the shootout winner as Denmark defeated Latvia 3-2 in Moscow.

Jensen made a couple moves in tight before swinging the puck to his backhand, sliding it home a la Peter Forsberg to snap the Danes’ two-game losing streak.
Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers was held off the score sheet, but did record a game-high six shots in 20:22 of ice time. He made a great move in the shootout as well, but his backhand drifted just
high over the crossbar.

Jensen and Morten Poulsen had the goals in regulation for Denmark, while Andris Dzerins and Kaspars Daugavins tallied for Latvia.

Latvian goalie Elvis Merzlikins was absolutely sensational, stopping 33 shots overall, including a handful in the final few of the second period when Denmark had back-to-back 5-on-3 power

Latvia was on the penalty kill for more than eight of the final 10 minutes of the middle frame due to a five-minute “checking to the head and neck area” major and game misconduct to Aleksejs Sirokovs. Ehlers played the majority of the 5-on-3s, generating three shots and a number of high-quality scoring chances.

Mads Christensen, who was on the receiving end of Sirokovs’ hit, left the game but did return for the third period and overtime.

Merzlikins came up with another incredible stop off Ehlers late in the third, preserving the tie and sending the game to overtime with a big-time blocker save after Jensen fed the puck out front.

Both teams had great chances to end it in the final seconds, but the goalies (and their posts) came up big.

Danish goalie Sebastian Dahm made 30 saves in the win.

-- Ryan Dittrick,
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