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WJC Day 5 Wrap, Day 6 Preview, Quick Hits

August 14, 2022, 4:11 AM ET [62 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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Quick Hits: August 14, 2022

1) IIHF World Junior Championship: Day 5 Wrap

There has yet to be a significant upset at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships through five days of preliminary round matches. On Day 5, USA and Canada breezed to multi-goal victories while Germany outlasted Switzerland to secure a spot in the medal round quarterfinal.

USA 7 - Austria 0 (Group B)

Team USA wasted little time building a commanding lead, including a four-goal outburst in the opening period to earn a 7-0 blowout win over Austria on Saturday. Final shots were 56-15. Detroit Red Wings prospect Carter Mazur and Chicago Blackhawks defense prospect Wyatt Kaiser scored twice apiece for the Americans. Saginaw Spirit netminder Andrew Oke played the first two periods in goal for Team USA, making 11 saves. Remington Keopple finished up in the third period, seeing just four shots.

Canada 5 - Czechia 1

Team Canada methodically wore down the resistance of Team Czech Republic, earning a 57-23 shot on goal advantage and eventually pulling away on the scoreboard in a 5-1 victory. Anaheim prospect Mason McTavish continued what has been a stellar tournament for himself, tallying goals five and six and points nine and 10 across the three games his team has played to date. Flyers 2020 first-round pick Tyson Foerster, who had just one assist over the first two games despite a handful of prime chances, finally broke through for a goal in the third period of this game. Unmarked in the slot, Foerster received a feed from Kent Johnson and wasted no time burying in the back of the net. Foerster had a half-dozen shots on goal over 14:48 of ice time. Elliot Desnoyers, on Canada's fourth line, skated 13 shifts and 7:01 of ice time.

Germany 3 - Switzerland 2 (Group B)

Germany jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on a goal and an assist by Thomas Heigl. Nashville Predators prospect Simon Knak cut the gap to 2-1 in the final 10 seconds of the opening frame. The Germans restored a two-goal margin before the game was halfway through on a tally by Haakon Hanelt. The Swiss drew back within a goal midway through the third period courtesy of Jonas Taibel but were unable to find an equalizer thereafter amid a 14-4 shot on goal advantage. Yannick Proske assisted on all three goals for the Germans, who earned a spot in the single-elimination quarterfinal. Flyers defense prospect Brian Zanetti, who did not skate a shift in the third period, played only 2:49 and four shifts in the game.

2) Day 6: The marquee match of Day 6 will put Emil Andrae and Team Sweden against Team USA in a meeting of the probable first-place and second-place teams in Group B. It's the Americans' final game of the preliminaries. The most likely stakes will ultimately be two determine which team faces the Slovaks and which one plays the Czechs in the quarterfinal. Finland plays Slovakia in Group A play earlier in the day on Sunday while the Czechs oppose Latvia.

3) Today in Flyers History: On Aug. 14, 1997, the Flyers signed Tampa Bay Lightning restricted free agent center Chris Gratton to a very heavily front-loaded offer sheet. The total amount of the five-year deal was $16.5 million but included an immediate $9 million signing bonus.

Ultimately, the transaction was worked into a trade. The cash-strapped Lightning did not match the offer sheet and received four first-round Draft picks (1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001) as compensation. The picks were then immediately flipped back to the Flyers in exchange for right winger Mikael Renberg and defenseman Karl Dykhuis.

4) Aug. 14 Flyers Alum Birthday: Adam Hall (1980).
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