For the second consecutive game, two Lightning prospects tallied the score sheet on Wednesday at the World Junior Championships tournament currently being held in the Canadian province of Alberta, while another registered his first point of the competition.
Brett Connolly recorded his second goal of the tournament to pace Team Canada to a 5-0 shutout of the Czech Republic, while 2011 draft choice Nikita Nesterov helped set up a goal by fellow Bolts prospect Nikita Kucherov as Russia earned a 3-1 victory over Slovakia.
Tampa Bay defensive hopeful Adam Janosik dressed for the Slovaks, but did not record a point in the match.
The Canadian squad had no trouble getting things started against the Czechs en route to its second straight win. Mark Stone and Ryan Strome put their side up by two goals before Connolly made it 3-0, taking a shot that squeaked through goaltender Petr Mrazek’s pads towards the goal line.
Connolly followed the shot to the goal and poked the loose puck over the line. Mark Scheifele added a pair of goals in the final period to cap the scoring and move Canada to 12-0-0-2 in its last 14 games against the Czech Republic. Russia’s game with Slovakia was a bit closer, as the Russians overcame a one-goal deficit to take a 2-1 lead just 1:45 into the final 20 minutes.
With Russia clinging to the one-goal advantage, Kucherov added an insurance goal to seal the win with less than six minutes to go in regulation after taking a sneaky pass from a teammate from behind the net and lifting a shot up high above the Slovak net minder. Nesterov was credited with a secondary assist on the goal.