WJC Roundup: Russia Tops USA, Finland, Slovakia Open Strong

The Americans pulled their goalie with under three minutes to go and it worked - Trevor Zegras, who led the way with nine assists a year ago - scored his first World Junior Championship goal with a wrister from the point, hitting the post and beating Askarov to bring USA within one.

Unfortuantely for the Americans, Askarov held on and Yegor Chinakhov scored an empty-netter to help Russia take the victory - a win that could be the difference if a tie-breaker is needed to determine Group B placement heading into the quarter-final.

Latkockzy had a perfect 28-save contest, his first full game with the U-20 team, with the HK Dukla Trencin product previously backing up Hlavaj at the U-18 World Championship two years ago.

The shutout also marked the first perfect effort by a Slovak goaltender at the World Junior Championship since Denis Godla snagged a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic in 2015.

Late on Christmas Day, the IIHF announced that Czech Republic forward Adam Raska was issued a one-game suspension for boarding during his team's exhibition contest against Slovakia on Wednesday.

Vasili Ponomaryov, C (RUS) : He started the game listed on Russia's fourth line but with a hat-trick that chased star goaltending prospect Spencer Knight on net, he played more like a game-changer.

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