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1/05: World Junior Update

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
The World Junior Championships are now underway as five Panther prospects are looking to earn gold for their country.


Day 1: 12/26

Four of the Panthers young guns saw their team win their opening games, with Canada (Shawn Matthias) beating the Czech Republic (Michael Frolik) 3-0. The United States (Matt Rust) won 5-1 over Kazakhstan, and Russia's (Evgeni Dadonov and Sergei Gayduchenko) offense carried them to a 7-4 victory over Finland.

Day 2: 12/27
The second day saw victory for all three countries that played. Canada shut out Slovakia, 2-0 and Russia edged Kazakhstan 5-4. The biggest day for the Panthers prospects belonged to Michael Frolik as he led his Czech Republic team to a 5-2 victory over Denmark, scoring a natural hat trick in the first 13:09 of the contest.

Day 3: 12/28
The third day was light in terms of action as there were only two games on the schedule. Only Panther prospect Matt Rust saw the ice as Team USA beat Switzerland 4-2. The other game was a 10-1 victory for Sweden over Denmark.

Day 4: 12/29
The fourth day saw all four teams with Panthers prospects on them, in action. The big games for the prospects saw the USA take on Russia and Canada take on Sweden for leads in their groups. USA slipped by Russia 3-2 while despite Shawn Matthia's first goal of the tournament, Canada fell to Sweden 4-3. Michael Frolik scored in his second straight game, helping lead the Czech Republic to a 5-2 victory over Slovakia. With Team USA's 3-2 victory over Russia, USA receives the first-round by for Group B and moves directly to the Semi-Finals.

Day 5: 12/30
It was another light day in terms of action as there were only two games played. All of the Panthers prospects had the day off as Kazakhstan beat Switzerland 3-1 and Slovakia outlasted Denmark 4-3.

Day 6: 12/31
The sixth day was also the last day for preliminaries and all four teams that had Panther prospects on them were in action. Shawn Matthias had his second strong game in a row, helping lead Canada to a 4-1 victory over Denmark finishing with a goal and an assist. USA finished pool play perfect by beating Finland 5-3. The Czech Republic lost to Sweden 4-2, and Russia outlasted Switzerland by a score of 4-3.

The USA (Group B) and Sweden (Group A) received first-round byes and will meet opponents on January 4th. Canada takes on Finland on January 2nd at 10am (EST) while Russia meets the Czech Republic at 2pm (EST) on January 2nd. The winner of the Canada-Finland game takes on the USA while the Russia-Czech Republic winner meets Sweden.

Day 7: 1/02
After taking the day off on January 1st, the first-round of the play-offs got underway. In the first game, Canada got past Finland with a 4-2 victory. They now take on U.S. in the semi-finals. Evgeni Dadonov and Russia also moved to the next round with a 4-1 win over Michael Frolik and the Czech Republic. They take on Sweden in the other semis.

Day 8: 1/03
The Czech Republic and Finland battled it out for fifth place and the Czech Republic won 5-1. Panthers prospect Michael Frolik registered his fifth goal of the tournament to help the Czechs win.

Day 9: 1/04
The ninth day was the semi-finals as four teams looked to get one step closer towards gold. Sweden came from behind to beat Russia in overtime, winning 2-1. Shawn Matthias and the Canadians had an easier time in their match, beating the U.S. 4-1. Matthias had Canada's first goal of the contest for his third goal of the tournament.

The USA and Russia will now play for bronze on January 5th at 10:00am est while Canada will take on Sweden at 2pm for gold.

Day 10: 1/05
The tenth day was final day at the World Juniors. USA battled Russia for bronze and the Russians won a 4-2 contest. In the gold medal game, it was all roses for Shawn Matthias and team Canada beat Sweden 3-2 in overtime. Matthias set up the game winner, creating a turnover in the corner, driving to the net with a defenseman on his back, and putting the puck on net. Matthew Halischuk banged in Matthias rebound.

Each day, floridapanthers.com will update this page with recaps for each of the players as they look to move one step closer to their goal in Pardubice and Liberec, Czech Republic.



 
Red Wings 2nd round pick (47th overall) in 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Aquired for Todd Bertuzzi.

Selected as one of Canada's three best players for the tournament by coaches.

1/05: Gold Medal Game: Canada 3 - Sweden 2 OT
:::: Centered second line of Tavares and Halischuk. Big part in Canada's victory, assisting on the game-winner by creating a turnover in the offensive zone in the corner, driving to the net, where Halischuk banged in Matthias rebound. Also had a hooking call 5:02 into the third period and two shots on net.

1/04: Semis: Canada 4 - USA 1
:::: Centerd second line of Tavares and Halischuk, finishing the game with a goal, plus-one, and three shots. Matthias scored Canada's first goal of the game, 2:26 into the second period. Also won 11 of the 17 face-offs he took.

1/02: Canada 4 - Finland 2
:::: Centering the third line of John Tavares and Matthew Halischuk, Matthias finished the game with three shots and was a minus-two on the game. He was on the ice for Canada's first goal of the afternoon as John Tavares tied the score at one on the power play at 7:23 of the second period. He won eight of the 15 face-offs he took.

12/31: Canada 4 - Denmark 1
:::: Matthias had second straight strong game for Canada. Centered second line which consisted of John Tavares and Matthew Halischuk. Had a goal and an assist, scoring Canada's first goal of the game 12:44 into the first period, a power play tally and then recording the second assist on Tavares' first period goal at the 18:08 mark. Finished with three shots, plus-one rating and won nine of 15 face-offs. Won Player of the Game for Team Canada for performance.

12/29: Canada 3 - Sweden 4
:::: Matthias had another strong game for Team Canada despite the loss. Skated on second line which included Steve Stamkos and Matthew Halischuk. Had two shots on net, connecting on his shot 2:17 into the third period which did give Canada a two-goal lead at the time. Finished with a plus-one rating and won five of the 10 face-offs he took.

12/27: Canada 2 - Slovakia 0
:::: Matthias centered Canada's third line which included Steve Stamkos and Matthew Halischuk. Had two shots, one in the first  and one in the third period. Collected a slashing penalty, 4:06 into the third period. Won two of five face-offs he took.

12/26: Canada 3 - Czech Republic 0
:::: Matthias centered Canada's fourth line which included Steve Stamkos and Matthew Halischuk. Was on the ice for Canada's second and third goals (a third period even strength goal by Halischuk 57 seconds in and a third period power play goal by John Tavares 11:53 into the third period.) Matthias finished plus-1, had six shots including four in the first period and won seven of the 10 face-offs taken.

Goals
Assists Points Shots +/- PIM Face-offs
 3  2  5  16  +2  2 42 of 72
 
 
Panthers 4th round pick (101st overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

1/05: Bronze Medal Game: USA 2 - Russia 4 :::: Rust again centered USA's fourth line of Pacioretty and Flynn. Finished with two penalty minutes, a slashing call at 8:09 of the first period and was a minus-one.

1/04: Semis: USA 1 - Canada 4
:::: Centered USA's fourth line of Pacioretty and Flynn. Had two shots on net and finished with two penalty minutes.  Won 11 of the 17 face-offs taken.

12/31: USA 5 - Finland 3
:::: Centered USA's fourth line which included Ryan Flynn and Max Pacioretty. Collected a high-sticking penalty 16:08 into the third period. Finished minus-one and won nine of 10 face-offs taken.

12/29: USA 3 - Russia 2
:::: Rust centered USA's fourth line which included Ryan Flynn and Max Pacioretty. Had a shot in the second period. Lost only face-off took.

12/28: USA 4 - Switzerland 2
:::: Rust centered USA's fourth line which included Ryan Flynn and Blake Geoffrion. Finished with a shot on goal and had two penalty minutes (interference 12:22 into the second period). Won four of six face-offs.

12/26: USA 5 - Kazakhstan 1
:::: Rust centered the USA's fourth line which included Ryan Flynn and Blake Geoffrion. Had two shots in the first and third periods and won six of the 10 face-offs he took.

Goals Assists Points Shots +/- PIM Face-offs
 0 0 0 8 -2 8 30 of 44
 
 Panthers 1st round pick (10th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. 

*Side Note: Frolik is the captain for the Czech Republic team this year.

Selected as one of Czech Republic's three best players for the tournament by coaches.

1/03: Czech Republic 5 - Finland 1
:::: Centering the first line of Voracek and Martin Latal, Frolik finished with the game-winning goal , scoring the Czech Republic' second goal at 7:59 of the second period. Finished with four penalty minutes, a boarding call 15:50 into the third period and a slashing call at 18:21. Also had three shots on net and a plus-one rating.

1/02: Czech Republic 1 - Russia 4
:::: Frolik centerd first line of Bartek and Voracek. Had one shot on net and finished with a minus-one rating. Also had four penalty minutes, collecting a hooking call at 7:23 of the third period and a kneeing penalty at 11:46 of the third.

12/31:
Czech Republic 2 - Sweden 4 :::: Centerd first line of Daniel Bartek and Jakob Voracek. Finished with three shots, a minus-one rating, and had a cross-checking penalty, 2:38 into the second period.

12/29:
Czech Republic 5 - Slovakia 2 :::: Frolik centered first line of Daniel Bartek and Jakob Voracek. Scored second goal of game, giving Czech Republic two-zero lead, 19:59 into the game. Had five shots on net, finished with plus-one rating, and picked up four penalty minutes, a tripping penalty 14:51 into the second period and a high sticking penalty 13:35 into the third period. Won eight of 22 face-offs taken.

12/27: Czech Republic 5 - Denmark 2 :::: Frolik centered the Czech's first line of Daniel Bartek and Jakob Voracek. Collected the natural hat trick for the host country, scoring the first three goals of the game. The first came 22 seconds into the contest, the second was 3:26 into the game on the power play and his third came at 13:09 of the first period. Finished with nine shots on net and a plus-two. Won 14 of 21 face-offs taken. Named Czech Republic's Best Player Of The Game for performance.

12/26:
Czech Republic 0 - Canada 3 :::: Frolik centered the Czech's first line of Martin Latal and David Kveton. Finished tied for team lead in shots with six. Had one shot the opening period, two the second and three the third. Won nine of 20 face-offs took.

Goals Assists Points Shots +/- PIM Face-offs
 4  0  4  24  +1  10 31 of 63
 
 
 Panthers 3rd  round pick (71st overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

1/05: Bronze Medal Game: Russia 4 - USA 2
:::: Skated on the fourth line and had a shot on net in the first period and finished a minus-one.

1/04: Semis: Russia 1 - Sweden 2
:::: Skated on fourth line as the thirteenth forward.

1/02: Russia 4 - Czech Republic 1
:::: Skated on fourth line as the thirteenth forward.

12/31: Russia 4 - Switzerland 3
:::: Skated on fourth line. Had three shots on goal including two in first period.

12/29: Russia 2 - USA 3
:::: Dadonov skated on the fourth line. Picked up a two-minute hooking call, 2:50 into the game. Finished with three shots on net, all in the second period.

12/27: Russia 5 - Kazakhstan 4
:::: Was the team's thirteenth forward.

12/26: Russia 7 - Finland 4
:::: Played on second line with Nikita Filatov and Artem Anisimov. Had two pentalty minutes, a charging call in the first period.

Goals Assists Points Shots +/- PIM
 0  0  0  7  -1  4
 
 
 Panthers 7th round pick (202nd overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
 
1/05: Bronze Medal Game: Russia 4 - USA 2 :::: Was the team's third goaltender and didn't dress.

1/04: Semis: Russia 1 - Sweden 2
:::: Was the team's third goaltender and didn't dress.

1/02: Russia 4 - Czech Republic
:::: Was the team's third goaltender and didn't dress.

12/31: Russia 4 - Switzerland 3
:::: Was the team's third goaltender and didn't dress.

12/29: Russia 2 - USA 3
:::: Was the team's third goaltender and didn't dress.

12/27: Russia 5 - Kazakhstan 4
:::: Was the team's third goaltender and didn't dress.

12/26: Russia 7 - Finland 4
:::: Gayduchenko was the team's third goaltender and didn't dress.

Saves  Goals Allowed Save % GAA Record
 0  0  0  0   0
 
 
     
GROUP A
  GROUP B
Rank Team GP W OTW OTL  L
PTS GDF GF GA   Rank Team GP W OTW OTL  L
PTS GDF GF GA
1 SWE 4 4 0 0 0 12 13 22 9   1 USA 4 4 0 0 0 12 9 17 8
2 CAN 4 3 0 0 1 9 7 12 5   2 RUS 4 3 0 0 1 9 4 18 14
3 CZE 4 2 0 0 2 6 1 12 11   3 FIN 4 1 1 0 2 5 1 16 15
4 SVK 4 1 0 0 3 3 -5  9  14   4 KAZ 4 1 0 0 3 3 -8 8 16
5 DEN 4 0 0 0 4 0 -16  7  23   5 SUI 4 0 0 1 3 1 -6 9 15
 
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